Wi-Fi Still Dominates Home Networking but G.hn and MoCA looming

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As the device count per household grows and use of multimedia and smart-home applications increases, so does the demand for reliable high-capacity home networks. While Wi-Fi dominates the home network market, demand for wired home networking devices supporting high throughput is on the rise.

In its analysis of this market, ABI Research expects that Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) 2.5 or G.hn specification network node will carve out a place in that market, with 8 million units forecast to be shipped in 2019.

“Wi-Fi networks are highly penetrated in today’s broadband homes due to the convenience of wireless connectivity,” noted Khin Sandi Lynn, industry analyst at ABI Research. “Newer Wi-Fi standards and devices such as Wi-Fi mesh systems do improve the coverage and throughput of home networks, however, wired connectivity can improve the stability and throughput, especially while using bandwidth-intensive applications. G.hn standard can support home networking data rates up to 2 Gbps over coaxial, power lines, optical fibre or telephone wiring while the MoCA 2.5 standard can support up to 2.5 Gbps speed over coaxial cables.”

There is growing interest from service providers in both technologies to deploy as an efficient backbone for residential Wi-Fi networks. Taiwanese service provider, Chunghwa Telecom recently announced the launch Gh.n adapters to its FTTx subscribers. Operators including China Telecom, China Unicom, and UK Liberty Global have also joined HomeGrid Forum in support of G.hn technology.

MoCA home networking adoption is mainly concentrated in North America, however, the Multimedia over Coax Alliance continues to eye growth in Europe and Asia Pacific, particularly since 2017 with the introduction of MoCA Access 2.5 which added broadband access specifications based on MoCA 2.5.

Wi-Fi is certainly the preferred home network connectivity, however, there is significant market potential for wired networking devices supporting high capacity or to complement Wi-Fi installations. The increasing use of live video streaming, gaming, and VR applications is likely to boost demand for 100% reliable coverage of home networks. Service providers can take advantage of advanced home networking devices and integrate with Wi-Fi offerings to optimise customer experience. ABI Research forecasts that advanced home networking node shipments will reach 39 million units in 2023.