Two million HomePNA
chip sets shipped by CopperGate Communications demonstrates strong HomePNA adoption amid the growing IPTV market. HomePNA, which features guaranteed quality of service to eliminate collisions between data streams and high user throughput, is used to distribute HDTV as well standard definition television, VoIP and other multimedia data over existing phone wires and coax cables.
IPTV service subscribers doubled between 2005 and 2006 and nearly tripled this year, according to an October Point Topic report for the DSL Forum. The same report shows North American numbers have quadrupled since June 2005.
HomePNA 3.1, the only multimedia home networking standard supported by the International Telecommunication Union, is one of the LAN interfaces included in the DSL Forum’s TR-124 global recommendation. TR-124 specifies the functional requirements for broadband residential gateway devices, one of the recommendations that support remote diagnostics and management capabilities critical the successful deployment of IPTV triple play services.
HomePNA 3.1 technology enables service providers to deliver these rapidly growing high-speed, triple-play Internet services -- IPTV, VoIP and data -- over both phone wires and coaxial cables at speeds up to 320 megabits per second.
Manufacturers deploy the HomePNA chip sets in home networking equipment, enabling service providers to deliver reliable multimedia networking service to subscribers. The technology enables service providers to reduce installation costs, utilize remote management and diagnostics to reduce operational expenses, and even reduce end-user costs through unified billing.