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HomePNA Alliance Sees Continued Growth in Home Networking

Today, we are on site at the CES (Consumer Electronics) Show, supporting The HomePNA alliance, the industry group driving home networking over both coaxial cables and phonelines.  At the ShowStoppers event, we announced its home networking trends forecast for 2006.

HomePNA 3.0 technology, which was standardized by the ITU in May 2005, is experiencing a surge of interest for IPTV applications due to its high data rate, guaranteed QoS and ability to operate over both phonelines and coax cables.  Products including set top boxes and gateways have been available for over a year and are being field tested and deployed today by leading service providers.  With the recent addition of SBC Labs and Scientific-Atlanta to the board and twelve new members in the past two months momentum behind the standard continues to grow strongly.  HomePNA 3.0 technology is on the leading edge and offers features which are not available today from other technologies that enable it deliver those services.

1)   Telco TV deployments will accelerate worldwide with large telephone company deployments of pure IPTV technology.

2)   The home network will be considered an extension of the telco’s access network for distribution of IPTV services inside the home.

3)   To meet consumer “quality of experience” expectations, IPTV will be deployed over reliable next generation home networks that provide QoS guarantees.

4)   Guarantying the IPTV QoS will enable service providers to leverage the same home network for additional services.

5)   Telcos will rely on “truck-rolls” (the term for a service call) to install the new equipment and will focus on minimizing installation time and effort.

6)   Telcos will continue to invest in new methods to reduce operational expenses and improve customer support through the use of remote diagnostics and management for the access and home networks. 

7)   Home networks that operate over both coax and phoneline will allow Telcos to employ existing in-home phonelines to further reduce installation costs.

8)   Deployment of hybrid wired/wireless home networks will grow.

9)   Effective data rates (the actual data rate after overhead and delays are subtracted) will continue to increase to over 100Mbps to support multiple HDTV channels and networked PVR features. 

10) Telcos will require standardization of the protocols by accredited standards organizations such as the ITU or IEEE.

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