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MoCA Access Spec Debuts as Fiber Extension Alternative

MoCA Access specification leverages existing apartment/condo coaxial cable and offers 2.5Gbps data rates with low latency.


Jason Knott · June 14, 2017

The Multimedia over Coax Alliance has introduced MoCA Access; a new broadband access specification based on the MoCA 2.5 standard which is capable of 2.5Gbps actual data rates and leverages the existing in-building coaxial cabling.

MoCA Access is point-to-multipoint serving up to 63 modems (clients). It is designed to co-exist with legacy services such as TV, DOCSIS, and cellular (4G/5G) technologies. The operating frequency range is 400MHz to 1675MHz. Latency is less than 5ms. Throughput is up to 2.5 Gbps downstream and 2 Gbps upstream.

As a fiber extension technology, MoCA Access is well suited for operators and ISPs that are installing fiber-to-the-basement (FTTB) or fiber deep into the network, and want to use the existing coax for connection to each apartment or unit. MoCA Access also appeals to commercial integrators in market segments such as hospitality/hotels, restaurants, offices, and any other buildings wired with coax.

“MoCA Access leverages our core strengths in high-performance, reliability and no new wires,” says Charles Cerino, MoCA president. “Service providers around the world can take advantage of a proven high-speed technology that designed for all future installations. It is also the perfect complement to a wired backhaul architecture for upcoming cellular technologies such as 5G as it has very low latency.”  

MoCA Access supports standard traffic shaping and QoS up to eight traffic classes. It also provides strong security, three transmission power modes with 45dB, 55dB or 65dB link budgets and power saving modes.  

MoCA technology uses the in-home backbone for Wi-Fi and has been adopted by cable, telco/IPTV and satellite operators. MoCA Access is a fiber extension technology that leverages the existing in-building coax and is based on the MoCA 2.5 specification.

MoCA 2.0 offers actual data rates of up to 1 Gbps. MoCA 2.5 offers actual data rates up to 2.5 Gbps in addition to a variety of network management and security features. The Alliance has 220 certified products and 40 members worldwide. 



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Jason Knott is Chief Content Officer for Emerald Expositions Connected Brands. Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990, serving as editor and publisher of Security Sales & Integration. He joined CE Pro in 2000 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of that brand. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He has been a member of the CEDIA Business Working Group since 2010. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Jason at jason.knott@emeraldexpo.com

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