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Powerline Home Networking 2007 Update: Gaining Power in the Global Market  - Product Image

Powerline Home Networking 2007 Update: Gaining Power in the Global Market

  • ID: 575233
  • November 2007
  • Region: Global
  • 67 pages
  • In-Stat/MDR
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Broadband powerline (BPL) networking, or powerline communications (PLC), offers a solution with some advantages over coax and twisted-pair, especially in homes and regions with few coax or phone jacks. But, high-speed powerline solutions are also increasingly being used over coax. Surpassing the inflection point in 2006, worldwide equipment sales based on HomePlug, CEPCA and UPA powerline reached 5.4 million. Although MoCA and HomePNA are winning some deployments, especially in North America, we expect powerline will win the alternative wired networking medium race on a worldwide scale. With no new cabling needed, powerline networking is emerging as a winner in the residential networking race on a worldwide basis for multimedia home networking. Although broadband has gained most of the attention, the HomePlug Command and Control (HPCC) low-speed, narrowband powerline specification has recently been approved, with market emergence expected next year. Worldwide market acceptance is expected to be strong, especially in light of many regional mandates for energy savings. This report provides service providers, equipment and semiconductor vendors valuable guidance on market trends and expected progress, opportunities, segmentations, and market sizing. Worldwide forecasts include unit segmentation by geographic region, product categories, technology, bandwidth, PHY/MAC chipset ASP, retail vs. service provider channel, and in-home networking vs. access and utility use.

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Executive Summary

Overview: Networking Over Powerline

Why Powerline?

Avoiding New Cabling



Technical Challenges & Benefits

Some PCB Designs Affect 200Mbps Performance

Competing No-New Wires Technologies

Twisted Pair/Copper (Telephone Wiring)


HomePlug AV Over Coax


Federal Communications Commission (FCC)


European Standardization Organizations(ESOs)



Alliances, Standards, & Competing Technologies over Powerline

IEEE 1901

HomePlug Powerline Alliance

HomePlug AV-Certified Products

HomePlug-Enabled Service Providers

HomePlug 1.0

HomePlug Command & Control (HPCC)

HomePlug Turbo

HomePlug AV

HomePlug BPL for Access

Universal Powerline Association (UPA)

Consumer Electronic Powerline Communications Alliance (CEPCA)

United Power Line Council (UPLC)

Deployments & Trials

Open PLC European Research Alliance (OPERA)

Cost Expectations for PLC/BPL Access Infrastructure

Applications for Powerline Networking

Broadband Access over Powerline

Utility Company Use

Customer Services

BPL Business Models

Three Primary Infrastructure Components

BPL Deployment Costs

Costs of Broadband Access via Powerline

Economic Viability for Rural Communities

In-Home Broadband over Powerline

Muilti-Play Services

Home Networking

Home Automation & Security Systems/Services

Consumer Perspectives

Selected Players



Asoka USA


Buffalo Technologies

Communication Technologies (COMTek)



Corporate Systems Engineering


devolo AG

Design of Systems on Silicon (DS2)

Duke Energy



Gigle Semiconductor


I-O Data



MainNet Communications




Qwest Communications

Radio Shack




Yitran Communications

ZyXEL Communications

Worldwide Market Shares



Worldwide Forecasts

Worldwide Broadband Powerline Networking Equipment: In-Home, Access, & Utility

Opportunities for Broadband Powerline Equipment Geographically

Forecast by Retail vs. Service Provider

Forecast by Bandwidth

Forecast by Product Segmentation

Forecast by Technology

Forecast for PHY/MAC Chipset ASP by Bandwidth

Forecast for HomePlug Command & Control Narrowband Powerline


Related Reports

List of Tables

Table 1. Excluded Frequency Bands by the FCC

Table 2. HomePlug 1.0 Maximum Throughput at Various Layers Using DQPSK 3/4 Modulation

Table 3. Comparison of HomePlug 1.0 with Other Wireline Technologies

Table 4. Yitran Command & Control Chip Specifications

Table 5. Worldwide 2006 HomePlug Equipment Market Shares (Units in Thousands)

Table 6. Worldwide 2006 Non-HomePlug Broadband Powerline Equipment Market Shares (Units in Thousands)

Table 7. Worldwide Broadband Powerline Equipment, In-Home Networking vs. Access & Utility, Annual Shipments, 2005?2011 (Units)

Table 8. Worldwide Broadband Powerline Equipment by Region, 2005?2011 (Units)

Table 9. Worldwide Broadband Powerline Equipment by Sales Channel, 2005?2011 (Units)

Table 10. Worldwide Broadband Powerline Equipment by Bandwidth, 2005?2011 (Units)

Table 11. Worldwide Broadband Powerline Equipment by Product Segment, 2005?2011 (Units)

Table 12. Worldwide Broadband Powerline Equipment by Technology, HomePlug vs. Non-HomePlug, 2005?2011 (Units)

Table 13. Worldwide Broadband Powerline PHY/MAC Chipset ASP by Bandwidth, 2005?2011 (US$)

Table 14. Worldwide HPCC Narrowband Powerline Chipsets, 2007?2011 (Units)
List of Figures

Figure 1. HomePlug/Panasonic Proposal Framework

Figure 2. HomePlug-Enabled Service Providers

Figure 3. BPL US Deployment Map

Figure 4. OPERA General Architecture of a Powerline Communications Access System

Figure 5. Home Network User Familiarity of Broadband Powerline Networking, HomePNA, and MoCA Technologies

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