YAHNS: Yet another home networking standard.
You have WiFi, MIMO, MOCA, HPNA/HomePlug-AV and now get ready for TVnet 2X, a new home networking standard being promoted by Coaxsys and chip maker, ST Microelectronics. Actually it is an update to an old standard being pushed by Coaxsys called TVnet. The new standard doubles the speed and can now push data using ethernet-over-coaxial cables that are already pre-installed inside many of the newer homes at speeds of around 200 megabits per second.
In addition to meeting Telcos’ need for IPTV networking, TVnet 2X will enable cable MSOs to deploy whole-home, networked PVRs and other IP services,” said Christos Lagomichos, Group Vice President and General Manager of ST’s Home Entertainment Division. “Coaxsys’ 200Mbps technology will ensure that operators will be able to deliver any number of HD video streams and connect any Ethernet device.”
As I had noted in my story for Business 2.0, the big bandwidth opportunity is in the home. Robert Young wrote about it earlier. The Diffusion Group of Plano, Texas forecasts that, “about 47 million U.S. homes will have networking capability within five years.”
Still, this technology could face challenges. The phone operators are pushing HPNA/Home Plug, while the cable MSOs are pushing MOCA. Consumers on the other hand are happy going with the cheaper-by-the-minute wireless products. It is still not clear what standard is going to really take off, as their is a lot of posturing from all camps.