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Welcome to the debut issue of HomePNA eNews Monthly, a newsletter written to serve our current and prospective members of the HomePNA Alliance. Each issue, we will feature the latest news, trends and information to keep you better informed about our triple-play home networking solution for distributing entertainment data over both existing coax cable and phone lines. We'll focus on stories relevant to the promotion of our HomePNA technology that helps deliver Internet Protocol (IP) services like IPTV, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and data often bundled by services providers as triple-play services.
In this issue, we want to spotlight our new HomePNA Blog (http://homepnablog.typepad.com/). We want to make sure you go and check out the foundation we have built for a strong industry community. Our goal is bring together service providers, the media, analysts and bloggers, hardware and software vendors, system integrators, and current and future members. In doing so, we want to create a conversation about the current and future trends and practices in home networking.
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Why We Love ITU G.hn
Remember back to the days before WiFi. There was an industry standard developed by the IEEE (http://www.ieee.org/web/standards/home/index.html) known as IEEE 802.11b (just rolls off the tongue, doesn't it). The major players formed a SIG (see our March 14 blog on SIGs vs Standards body (http://homepnablog.typepad.com/my_weblog/2008/03/why-its-importa.html) to promote the technology and certify products and named it WiFi. Millions of shipments later, WiFi products are easy to find in stores and it's become synonymous with home networking.
If you follow our blog (http://homepnablog.typepad.com/my_weblog/2008/05/why-we-love-itu.html) you already know about the next generation of home networking technologies which use the existing wires in the home to provide more uniform coverage over the home, higher speeds, and better reliability. These products are being used by service providers today for the IPTV and VoIP parts of their triple-play services.
Quietly, a rapidly growing number of companies, including some of the world's largest telcos and leading wired home networking developers, have been working in the ITU (http://www.itu.int/ITU-T/) to develop the next generation of wired home networking technology - one that will work over coax, phone wires AND powerline delivering gigabit data rates. The advantages: lower development costs, lower deployment costs, and just plain better performance to support the IPTV, online gaming, and new over-the-top applications. The group is on a fastrack and meeting face to face every month to deliver a complete standard by the end of 2008.
This standard is known by the equally poetic name of G.hn. The group working on it is the same group that develops DSL standards and developed the current G.9954 (http://www.itu.int/rec/T-REC-G.9954-200701-I/en) home networking standard for coax and phone wires.
There has been a lot of excitement in the last couple days in response to news surrounding G.hn. HomePNA and HomePNA members have a long history working with the ITU and we believe G.hn is the future of wired home networking -- leading edge technology that will continue to compliment WiFi wireless home networking -- and we are excited about the attention it is getting.
- HomePNA has been a is a leading ITU companion SIG for almost 10 years
- HomePNA was the first SIG to support an ITU home networking standard
- HomePNA currently supports the widely adopted ITU g.9954 standard
- HomePNA is supporting g.hn as the next ITU standard - the HomePNA roadmap will include broad support for g.hn
- HomePNA will co-exist well with g.hn
Stay tuned for additional thoughts on G.hn as well as the recently announced HomeGrid SIG.
News and Notes
As we mentioned, HomePNA recently started a blog (http://homepnablog.typepad.com/) to build a community devoted to providing rich content about home networking, HomePNA's triple-play solution, IPTV and much more. We invite all of our prospective and current members to read and comment on our articles. We hope to create an interactive forum where everyone in our ecosystem shares the latest information about home networking. Please join us and don't hesitate to leave your thoughts online.
More HomePNA Certified Products
HomePNA announced today that it has certified an additional nine products and the first 320 Mbps chipset reference design as HomePNA 3.1 compliant, increasing the number of certified products to 26. The new certifications include ADSL and VDSL residential gateways, set-top boxes, Ethernet to HomePNA 3.1 bridges, and an iNID outdoor residential gateway/indoor Wi-Fi access point.
Newly certified products and designs include:
iNID VDSL2 outdoor residential gateway and indoor Wi-Fi access point units
ADSL2+ residential gateway
VDSL2 residential Gateway and Ethernet to HomePNA 3.1 coax bridge
Scientific Atlanta (www.cisco.com)
IP set-top box and IP set-top box with DVR
Ethernet to HomePNA 3.1 phone wire bridge and coax MII module
320 Mbps Ethernet to HomePNA 3.1 bridge reference design
"This type of technology enables TELUS to cost-effectively distribute
new IP services throughout customers' homes with the reliability they
expect but without the high installation costs of running new wires."
- Ira Rowlands, Planning and Engineering Manager, Telus
"The ability to work over both coax cable and traditional phone lines
is a key advantage and we look forward to working with the industry to
enhance and standardize the technology."
-David Deas, Vice President, Networks and Services,
AT&T Laboratories, Inc.
"Eighty percent, 90 percent of installations are homes that have coax.
We absolutely have to have the (HPNA) technology; it's been a godsend
for us (because) anywhere we're launching our IPTV service there's a
good take rate ... ahead of our forecasts. They're taking multiple TVs,
multiple devices all bundled together and packaged together," Lund
said. "We wouldn't put HPNA in if it wasn't going to handle high def
- Gary Lund, CTO, Bell Alliant