By Rich Nesin, General Manager and Resident Philosopher, HomePNA
When you see an article by Rami Verbin, Chief Technical Officer at CopperGate Communications, it’s well worth the read.
In the article, entitled “HomePNA: No New Wires”, Rami discusses the convergence of TV and IP enabled broadband-delivered digital entertainment and communication inside the home. “Consumers are spending more time watching TV and Internet video … The question is how do consumers easily route entertainment throughout their entire house?”
If you’ve been following this blog you can probably guess the answer is “by using existing phone or coax wiring”. The article explores the distinction between home networks and home entertainment networks, outlines trade-offs of various approaches, and then goes into the technical details of HomePNA explaining why the technology is especially well suited to this application and the integration of HomePNA into consumer devices.
We love validation and some appeared today in an email from InStat announcing a new report “North American Households with Home Networking over Coax & Phone Wiring to Double in Two Years”. According to InStat, “Nearly 2/3 of consumer respondents from In-Stat’s survey expressed an interest in watching Internet Video on their TV” and “two segregated home networks have been evolving– a service provider-centric network, and a PC-centric network. Each is leveraging different business models and technologies.”
And while we are on the subject of rapid service-provider-deployed-entertainment-home-network-market-growth (try saying that three times fast), after months of hint-dropping, Coppergate recently announced that it has shipped over 10 Million HomePNA chipsets. The compelling benefit of HomePNA technology and existing wire home networking was well summarized by Kevin Hastings, Chief Architect, Digital Broadcast Services at Bell Aliant when he said “CopperGate’s HomePNA technology helped Bell Aliant cut install times by more than 30 percent.” “Shorter install times helped us reduce our customer wait time for installation from a month down to the next business day. This has given us a competitive edge in this market.”