The home networking industry continues to consolidate and
coalesce around emerging industry-wide standards: HomeGrid Forum and the HomePNA Alliance on May 28
announced they are merging. Operating under the HomeGrid Forum name, the union
"creates a larger, stronger organization well positioned to lead
the evolution of all home wireline networks to G.hn." Home Grid
Forum has been a leading proponent of G.hn, a set of home
networking standards developed under the International
Telecommunication Union's Telecommunications Standardization unit,
"The combined organization, under the HomeGrid Forum banner,
will promote the smooth transition of all current generation
wireline home networking technologies to G.hn, the 'any wire'
technology defined by ITU-T open international standards,"
according to a HomeGrid Forum press release.
A critical issue for the merged industry association is
supporting the more than 40 million HomePNA devices already
deployed. Aiming to reassure HomePNA device users, the new HomeGrid
Forum has set out "a defined migration path to G.hn," according to
the press release.
Both HomePNA and G.hn are important technology standards for the
digital home. They both compete with MoCA, as the preferred options
for wired home networks. HomePNA relies primarily on home phone
lines for connectivity. MoCA uses coaxial cable within the home,
and G.hn is the "any wire" option, using home phone line, coaxial
cable, or electrical power lines within the home.
Digital home and
home networking technologies are promising for broadband
service providers. They enable a variety of incremental revenue
generating services and we encourage clients to develop and
implement an active digital home strategy.