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The Center of Your Digital Living Room
July 23, 2008 - Telecom Magazine

While the telecom industry is abuzz over the four-letter word IPTV, this latest acronym in the alphabet soup of technology vernacular means little to the average consumer. IPTV is, in fact, the technology making it possible for a growing number of telcos to offer TV service to their customers, and many consumers have begun to enjoy this new method of delivering home entertainment without being aware of the technology behind it.

You Gonna Eat That? IPTV Eyes Cable's Lunch
February 26, 2008 - Cable 360 Net.

"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 PVR applications."

CopperGate Ships Over 2 Million HomePNA 3.1 Chipsets for IPTV Deployments
October 26, 2007 - TMCnet.

CopperGate Communications announced that it has shipped more than two million HomePNA 3.1 CopperStream chipsets to original equipment manufacturers worldwide. A large number of service providers are also adopting HomePNA chips for their IPTV deployments.

HomePNA Gains Momentum amid the Growing IPTV Market
October 26, 2007 - TVover.net.

Two million HomePNA chip sets shipped by CopperGate Communications demonstrates strong HomePNA adoption amid the growing IPTV market. HomePNA, which features guaranteed quality of service to eliminate collisions between data streams and high user throughput, is used to distribute HDTV as well standard definition television, VoIP and other multimedia data over existing phone wires and coax cables.

Millions of HomePNA 3.1 Chip Sets Show HomePNA Momentum Software News
October 25, 2007 - rbytes.org.

HomePNA announced today that 2 million HomePNA chip sets shipped by CopperGate Communications demonstrates strong HomePNA adoption amid the growing Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) market. HomePNA, which features guaranteed quality of service (QoS) to eliminate collisions between data streams and high user throughput, is used to distribute high definition television (HDTV) as well standard definition television, voice over IP (VoIP) and other multimedia data over existing phone wires and coax cables.

Zhone Debuts FTTH Network Gateway
June 12, 2007 - Xchange Magazine.

Using telco-provided line power and a DSL-oriented specification, Zhone Technologies Inc. said its new fiber to the home (FTTH) gateway is designed to streamline service installations and simplify remote management for carriers, resulting in costs savings. The vendor.s zNID Intelligent Home Network Gateway provides Layer 3 intelligence for remote monitoring and traffic prioritization of QoS-sensitive media applications. Zhone said service changes or upgrades are managed remotely via a TR-069 Automatic Configuration Server, the same management standard already used for millions of DSL installations.

SoCs Take On Gigabit Fiber-Optic Gateways
June 11, 2007 - Electronic Design.

Two system-on-chip (SoC) ICs from Conexant Systems Inc. target optical network units (ONUs) that are used on the client-side of fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) networks. The chips are the first family of SoCs for gigabit and gigabit Ethernet passive optical network (GPON/GE-PON) residential gateway applications, according to the company.

ITU Approves HomePNA Standard
March 5, 2007 - Infoworld.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is now backing a technology that may send high-definition video around the average home in a few years.The standards body, whose standards are widely followed around the world, has approved the specification called HomePNA 3.1 (for Home Phoneline Networking Association) for high-speed communications over both phone wiring and coaxial cable in homes.

Why AT&T Likes HomePNA
February 28, 2007 - Light Reading

IPTV 2007 . While coaxial cable would be the best medium for a home network, AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T - message board) is happy with using the Home Phoneline Networking Alliance (HomePNA) specification as part of its U-verse IPTV service, AT&T Research Labs executive Vernon Reed said at the IPTV 2007 conference yesterday.

Why AT&T Chose HomePNA For U-Verse
February 28, 2007 - Broadband Reports.com.

Verizon uses 270Mbps capable Multimedia Over Coax Alliance (MOCA) technology for the in-home networking portion of Fios installs. The standard allows them to avoid running Cat-5 and instead cut install costs by using existing Coax. AT&T started using MOCA for "Project Lightspeed" and U-Verse installs but then shifted to Home Phoneline Networking Alliance technology. HomePNA allows for the use of either coax or traditional copper phone lines for home networking. Infoworld notes version 3.1 was just approved (320Mbps) and Light Reading explores why AT&T chose HomePNA.

VDSL Standard Needed, Says AT&T
February 28, 2007 - EETimes.

AT&T is calling for interoperability standards in VDSL and developing a new class of low loss splitters as two steps forward in home networking. While the telecom giant is betting on phone-line technology, it readily admits there is no silver bullet for home nets.

ITU Approves HomePNA 3.1 as a Global Multimedia Home Networking Standard
February 28, 2007 - Hidden Wires.

HomePNA announced that the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has standardized the HomePNA 3.1 multimedia home networking specification, making HomePNA the only internationally standardized existing-wire home networking technology. HomePNA 3.1 enables service providers to offer high-speed, triple-play Internet services over both phone wires and coaxial cables at speeds up to 320 megabits per second.

ITU Approves HomePNA 3.1 as a Global Home Networking Standard
February 28, 2007 - Converge Network Digest.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has standardized the HomePNA 3.1 multimedia home networking specification, which delivers speeds of up to 320 Mbps over both phone wires and coaxial cables inside the home.

ITU Okays New HomePNA Networking Standard
February 28, 2007 - Telecom Web

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has standardized the Home Phoneline Networking Alliance's HomePNA 3.1, the only in-home networking standard that doesn't require new wiring adopted by any global standards body. The action has no doubt caused consternation in both the Multimedia over Coax...

Tower Begins Production of CopperGate's Next Generation HomePNA Product
February 24, 2007 - Wireless News.

Tower Semiconductor, a pure-play independent specialty wafer foundry, and CopperGate Communications announced the production start of CopperGate's newest home networking modem controller. The new device implements the HomePNA 3.1 and ITU G.9954 standards, which will bring...

Conexant Introduces VDSL2 CPE Gateway
February 3, 2007 - Tvover.net.

Conexant Systems, Inc. introduced a family of integrated VDSL2 customer premises equipment (CPE) system-on-chip (SoC) solutions. The new SoC family has been optimized to address a variety of triple-play voice, video, and data products ranging from VDSL2 voice-enabled CPE gateways to basic bridges. The SoCs feature a flexible architecture that supports all VDSL2 profiles up to "30a" for applications requiring 100/100 megabits-per-second (Mbps) operation, an integrated VoIP engine, and a powerful network processor. The chipsets also include advanced CPE technology that significantly improves VDSL performance by reducing interference on the copper lines, enabling operators to increase their subscriber coverage area.

IPTV Drives HomePNA Networking Growth
November 14, 2006 - Broadcast Engineering.

New developments in Home Phone line Networking (HomePNA) technology will give the market a boost and help it become a viable player in deployment of home video networks, according to researcher In-Stat.

HomePNA 3 Shipments to Grow 200% in 2007
November 10, 2006 - ZDNet

Migration is underway from the lower-speed HomePNA 2 to HomePNA 3, and worldwide shipments for HomePNA 3 will exceed 200% growth in 2007, In-Stat says. The number of whole-home DVR installations is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 100% from 2006 to 2008.

HPNA Gets Speed Boost to 320 Mbps
November 8, 2006 - Ars Technica. The HomePNA Alliance, backers of a networking spec that works over coax or twisted pair wiring, has announced the release of the HPNA 3.1 specification. The big news comes in the form of a speed jump from 128Mbps to 320Mbps, which pushes it above competing networking standards HomePlug AV and MoCA (Multimedia over Coax) for the title of fastest networking tech outside of gigabit Ethernet and makes it a more attractive option for triple-play providers.

HomePNA Hits 320 Mbps
November 8, 2006 - Wi-Fi Net News.

Version 3.1 comes after a long delay, and boosts speed from 128 Mbps to 320 Mbps: It?s now technically the fast symbol rate of all home-networking standards. Real throughput with multiple devices coupled with the amount of jitter and frame drop will be the real test of how well future 802.11n, and current MoCA (coax), HomePNA (phone wiring), and HomePlug (electrical) stack up. HomePNA won?t be found on store shelves, Ars Technica writes; it?s one of the technologies being deployed by IPTV providers, including AT&T. An ABI Research analyst quoted by Ars Technica says that neither MoCA nor HomePNA will be found at retail during the next 12 to 24 months, in fact.

IPTV Gets Center Stage in Dallas
November 6, 2006 - TMCnet.

Much of the IPTV community is descending upon Dallas this week for the 5th annual Telco TV conference, which features some of the industry?s leading luminaries including Brian Mahony, Vice President of Marketing at Espial; Rob Piconi, VP and GM of Broadband Solutions at Lucent Technologies; and the heads of key network groups like HomePNA, MoCA and IPDR.org.

Among the most intriguing panel discussions include a debate on home networking with the Multimedia over Coax Alliance and the Home Phone line Networking Alliance.

Consolidated Communications Selects Entone For MPEG-4 HD IPTV Deployments
November 1, 2006 - EDN Asia.

"...Hydra HD's integrated HomePNA 3.0 interface allows for high-speed IP service over existing in-home coax and phone lines."

Newsletter Cites CopperGate as Promising IPTV Co
October 30, 2006 - CNII.com.

Brian Dolan, editor of FierceIPTV, said with AT&T's recent announcement to deploy HomePNA 3 technology, and CopperGate being the leading chip supplier in that space, this alone gives CopperGate the right to be on the Fierce15 list. CopperGate has an impressive list of global design wins and investors, and is sure to be a big winner at the end of this race.

Conexant Purchases Zarlink Semiconductor's Packet Switching Business
October 27, 2006 - TMCnet.

"It offers a complete line of asymmetric and symmetric DSL central office solutions, which are used by service providers worldwide to deliver broadband data, voice, and video over copper telephone lines. It also offers a portfolio of IEEE 802.11-compliant WLAN chipsets, software and reference designs for asymmetric and symmetric DSL applications (including ADSL2+, SHDSL and VDSL2), as well as solutions for applications based on HomePlug and HomePNA."

Propagating the Triple Play through the House
October 25, 2006 - Ars Technica.

"Another universal form of wiring is plain old twisted-pair copper phone wire. That's the medium for HPNA 3.0, although it can also operate on coax cable like MoCA. Speeds are similar to those of MoCA, with a ceiling of 128Mbps and typical speeds averaging about 90 percent of that figure.

HPNA 3.0 is championed by the Home Phone line Networking Alliance and is backwards compatible with the slower HPNA 1.0 and 2.0 specs. It can handle up to 50 devices, all of which can be connected via the telephone jacks. Those 50 devices can be up to 1,000 feet apart, or spread over 10,000 square feet. Although it's not yet widely used in homes, hotels have found that it's a cost-effective way of running voice, video, and data to individual rooms. It's also the technology of choice for AT&T's triple-play installations."

Triple Wired Threat for Wi-Fi for In-Home Triple Play
October 24, 2006 - Wi-Fi Networking News.

The triple play is the convergence of data, voice, and television (IPTV) across a single pipe: Wi-Fi?s in-home dominance of data and increasingly voice and IPTV (with proprietary extensions) will be challenged, ABI Research says, by the latest versions of three standards that work over coax, electrical wiring, and phone wiring. ABI Research says that by 2011, over 45 million gateways will offer wired-based distribution of data, voice, and video. (The quadruple play, by the way, adds mobile voice.)

With 802.11n having pushed back so far, the three existing-wire-based technologies already offer speeds in excess of 200 Mbps. HomePlug AV-based products are finally just about to ship, and HomePNA revived itself from the dead with new company participation in its 3.0 standard. ABI writes that Verizon has adopted Multimedia over Coax (MoCA) and AT&T has opted for Home Phone Networking Alliance (HPNA). HPNA works like DSL in the home, employing otherwise unused frequencies to carry data over coax or phone wires.

MoCA, HPNA 3.0, and HomePlug Will Compete with Wi-Fi for Distribution of Triple-Play Services in the Home
October 24, 2006 - ABIresearch.

"Triple-play" service providers today face choices when it comes to distributing content around the customer's premises. A new research brief from ABI Research concludes that while Wi-Fi will play a large role in domestic triple-play distribution scenarios, it is not the whole story: Multimedia over Coax (MoCA),Home Phone Networking Alliance (HPNA 3.0), and HomePlug will collectively see 45 million total connections on STB and residential gateways shipped in 2011.

"Most large video service providers are evaluating one of these no-new-wires technologies to enable video distribution around the home," says research director Michael Wolf. "The slow road towards finalization of 802.11n and the lack of comfort among many video service providers about wireless have opened the doors for these alternatives. Verizon's choice of MoCA and AT&T's adoption of HPNA 3.0 show a market today split between various technologies."