Through our client, CopperGate Communications, we are working to support the initiatives of The Home Phoneline Networking Alliance (HomePNA). We’ve announced the approval by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) of a critical technical specification for a single, worldwide standard for high performance multimedia home phoneline networking. The new global standard from the ITU, a communications standards body under the auspices of the United Nations, could pave the way for worldwide deployment of home phoneline network technology benefiting equipment vendors, service providers and consumers.
The new standard provides for data rates of up to 240 Megabits per second with guaranteed Quality of Service (QoS) targeting the requirements of "triple-play" service providers wishing to deploy standard and high definition TV along with toll-quality VoIP and high speed Internet data. Products such as Fiber ONTs, Residential Gateways and Set-top Boxes with integrated G.9954 compatible network interfaces are currently in development by multiple vendors.
HomePNA members and other collaborating companies provided significant contributions in support of this standardization effort. In parallel to the standardization activities, HomePNA member companies with the active support of leading broadband service providers worldwide have validated the performance of the technology through a series of field tests. The tests, which ran on hundreds of segments of existing network wires in multiple homes, exhibited performance which exceeded expectations with an average data rate of 107 Mbps.