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MoCA Adoption Will Boost Home Networking Market

Infonetics Research says home networking grew 20 percent in 2011, and Multimedia Over Coax Alliance (MoCA)-embedded chipsets will drive increases going forward.


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The market for home networking in North America continues to grow, thanks to the increasing use of Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) chips in a variety of devices that will help drive adoption in existing homes, according to a new report.

“Tablets, connected TVs, digital media players, and a growing list of other devices are driving sales of home networking devices, and this is nowhere more apparent than in North America, which captured 37 percent of networking device revenue in 2011,” says Jeff Heynen, directing analyst for broadband access and video at Infonetics Research. “We expect the demand for broadband peripherals, especially those with integrated MoCA chips, to continue to increase globally as operators in all regions roll out new home automation, energy management, entertainment, and communications services that require high-end networking devices.”

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The conclusions come from Infonetics’ new biannual Home Networking Devices report that provides worldwide and regional market size, vendor market share, analysis, and forecasts for residential gateways, wired broadband routers, HomePlug powerline adapters, MoCA STBs, MoCA ONTs, MoCA coax-Ethernet adapters, HPNA/G.hn adapters, home NAS appliances, and WiFi broadband routers (HomePlug powerline, MoCA, and HPNA/G.hn routers).

Companies tracked include 2Wire, Actiontec, Alcatel-Lucent, Ambit, ARRIS, AVM, Belkin, Cisco Systems, Compal Broadband, Comtrend, Dasan Networks, D-Link, ECI Telecom, Ericsson, Fiberhome, Genexis, Gigaset, Huawei, Motorola, NEC, NETGEAR, OF Networks Co., Pace, PacketFront, Sagemcom, Siemens, SMC Networks, Sumitomo, Technicolor (Thomson), Telsey, Tilgin, TP-LINK, Ubee Interactive, UTStarcom, Westell, Zhone, ZTE, ZyXEL, and others.

Other highlights from the report, which signals good opportunities ahead for the deployment of multiroom video systems in existing homes, include:

  • Global sales of home networking devices grew 20 percent in 2011 from 2010, to $7.98 billion
  • Infonetics expects a cumulative $43 billion to be spent on home networking devices over the 5 years from 2012 to 2016, as the growth of tablets and other devices in home networks necessitate additional connectivity options
  • MoCA (multimedia over coax) embedded set-top boxes (STBs), FTTB optical network terminals (ONTs), coax-Ethernet adapters, and WiFi broadband routers are driving growth in home networking device market
  • Cable operators and telcos in North America, especially Verizon, are increasingly using MoCA devices to deliver services like whole-home DVR
  • D-Link extended its revenue share lead in the highly competitive broadband router market, followed by NETGEAR and Cisco.


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