Broadband Powerline Networking will Rule Residential Networking
Sep 12, 2006
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Broadband powerline networking will be the king in worldwide residential home networking, according to a new report from Market research firm In-Stat. Broadband powerline networking is a wired technology that does not require new cabling to be installed, and is said to be poised to emerge as a winner in the global residential networking interface race. Powerline networking has advantages over coax and twisted-pair cabling for in-home deployment, In-Stat reports, which are especially meaningful in regions with few existing coax or phone jacks, such as in EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa), Asia and Pacific Rim countries, the high-tech market research firm said.

The competing wired technologies, coax and twisted pair, that also do not require new wires will end up sharing the market in some areas. "Some service providers fully expect to use multiple technologies and mediums that will co-exist in their in-home deployments, as long as each medium meets the operators' service quality and cost objectives," says Joyce Putscher, In-Stat analyst.

In 2005, worldwide broadband powerline equipment shipments surpassed 2 million units, and the market has reached an inflection point this year, In-Stat said, that points only upward. Worldwide annual shipments for broadband powerline equipment is expected to exceed 200-percent growth in 2006. The data comes from the In-Stat report, Broadband Powerline Networking Gets a Jolt from IPTV.

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