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Existing in-home wiring to assist service operators network STBs, says In-Stat

A new report from In-Stat forecasts that the number of in-home provider network nodes over coax or phone wire will climb dramatically by the end of 2009.

Helping to drive this growth will be the existing availability of in-home cabling. According to In-Stat, 90 percent of all homes in the United States have at least one coax cable outlet, excluding those used solely for rooftop antennas. Ninety-nine percent have one or more telephone wall jacks, and 37 percent have at least one Ethernet cable outlet, the high-tech market researcher has found.

Such broad availability of existing wire networking solutions will help service providers looking to network together their set-top boxes for WAN access and in-home LAN nodes, according to In-Stat.

Recent In-Stat research has found:

  • Global cumulative chipsets/nodes over coax and phone wiring will see growth of more than 100 percent in 2008.
  • The ITU-T G.hn international effort is expected to make a positive impact in terms of standardizing an existing-wire solution for coax, phone wiring/twisted pair and powerline.
  • Drivers for networking set-top boxes together (entertainment video distribution) include service provider video distribution (telco TV) and the whole-home DVR.

For more information, visit http://www.instat.com/catalog/ccatalogue.asp?id=99#IN0804084RC.

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