Networking & Cables

Residential No-New-Wire Networks to Grow 300% by 2017

IMS Research reports more than 250 million households worldwide will have HomePlug and MoCA-based home networks by the end of 2017, up from 70 million.


Jason Knott · June 4, 2013

Still not hooked by the home networking bug in your custom integration business? A new report suggests it’s still not too late.

The installed base of home networks using no-new-wire technologies is projected to soar by almost 300 percent within the next five years, spurred by growth in IP and multiroom TV services, according to an IMS Research study.

The number of households worldwide deploying no-new-wire technologies will surge from under 70 million at the end of 2012 to more than 250 million at the end of 2017, led by technologies such as HomePlug and MoCA.

No-new-wire technologies use as a communications medium the existing wiring present in consumers’ homes, such as powerlines, coaxial cables and twisted pair cables. Using the existing wired infrastructure significantly reduces cost and simplifies the installation of wired home networks. A variety of no-new-wire technologies exist, with HomePlug focusing on powerline and MoCA on coaxial cables. Another, G.hn, is attempting to unify all three types of wiring.

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“The uptake of no-new-wire technologies is driven by the need to share an Internet connection with devices that may not include wireless connectivity, the need to extend an existing home network and eliminate areas of poor coverage, as well as the need for increased bandwidth,” notes Liam Quirke, senior analyst for connectivity at IHS. “In particular, growth in Internet Protocol and multiroom television services is projected to increase demand for no-new-wire technologies, as these services place a greater strain on network bandwidth.”

Even so, the increased prevalence of no-new-wire networking technologies is not expected to come at the expense of Wi-Fi. “Wi-Fi provides the mobility desired by consumers when connecting devices such as laptops, tablets or smartphones to their home network,” adds Quirke. “To this end, Wi-Fi will continue to adequately facilitate the wireless transmission of data between these devices and the home network.”

No-new-wire technologies are seen as complementary to the use of Wi-Fi within the home, providing higher-bandwidth networking connectivity to static devices, often used to enable services centered on video streaming. To-date, HomePlug and MoCA have demonstrated the highest adoption of the different no-new-wire standards, with the former enjoying the most success in Europe and the latter in North America. However, the first G.hn-certified chipset was announced in the fourth quarter of last year, and ZTE of China recently announced it would incorporate the technology in a series of powerline network adapters.

Whilst G.hn’s level of success remains uncertain, one thing is certain: the market for no-new-wire networking technologies is poised to continue its evolution.



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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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