By Rich Nesin, General Manager and Resident Philosopher, HomePNA
If you have been following this blog (and I hope you do) you may recall that I’ve mentioned that the telcos' interest IPTV has been increasing dramatically. I saw it at FTTH, IP Possibilities, and especially at the HomePNA Summit which attracted more telcos than equipment manufacturers. Yesterday, HomePNA board member Motorola announced a win at Farmers Telephone Cooperative. Being HomePNA (aka HPNA) centric, we immediately noticed that it includes their VIP1200 IP Set-top boxes which, we are happy to say, features HomePNA for home networking over coax (and, also needless to say, is HomePNA certified).
Ignoring the hype that I get paid to write, the technology really is maturing rapidly. CED Magazine ran an article last month about Bell Aliant that stated they “can comfortably get a couple of TV installs done in a day, and we’ve created enough buffer zone that our technicians can pick up another piece of work, whether it’s a TV trouble call or another high-speed install. We’ve gone from struggling to get two pieces of work done a day to comfortably getting three pieces of work done a day.” A far call from the six or seven hour installs we heard about a couple years ago. The HomePNA technology hasn’t changed so you can bet that this is mostly a result of experience, better installation procedures, diagnostic equipment and increased testing.