Broadband Powerline Networking to be King in Residential Networking

11 Sep 2006

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., September 11, 2006 - Broadband powerline networking, a wired technology that does not require new cabling to be installed, is poised to emerge as a winner in the residential networking interface race on a worldwide basis, reports In-Stat (

Powerline networking has advantages over coax and twisted-pair cabling for in-home deployment. This is especially true in regions with few existing coax or phone jacks, such as in EMEA, Asia, and Pacific Rim countries, the high-tech market research firm says.

The competing wired technologies, coax and twisted pair, that also do not require new wires will end up sharing the market in some areas. “Some service providers fully expect to use multiple technologies and mediums that will co-exist in their in-home deployments, as long as each medium meets the operators' service quality and cost objectives,” says Joyce Putscher, In-Stat analyst.

Recent research by In-Stat found the following:

  • In 2005, worldwide unit shipments of broadband powerline equipment surpassed 2 million, and the market has reached an inflection point this year that points only upward.
  • Worldwide annual shipments for broadband powerline equipment will exceed 200% growth in 2006.
  • In addition to other reasons, broadband powerline access can be successful in selected areas where there may only be one broadband Internet provider.

Recent In-Stat research, Broadband Powerline Networking Gets a Jolt from IPTV (#IN0603192RC), covers the worldwide broadband powerline networking market. It provides unit shipment forecasts, and forecasts by geographic region, product segment, technology, bandwidth, PHY/MAC chipset ASP, sales by channel (retail vs. service provider), and in-home networking vs. broadband access/utility. It also includes extensive market analysis, including information on significant deployment trials, and profiles of many vendors.

This research is part of In-Stat's Residential Connectivity Service, which examines all the clusters of the connected home and how they will connect from an equipment, silicon, services, and applications perspective. This service guides all individuals interested in areas such as wired and wireless home network hardware, entertainment networking, consumer network storage, home network silicon, routers, residential gateways, and more.

Filed: Sep 2006, IPTV, Powerline Networking, Press, Co: None, Tech: None

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