Home networking forum the HomePNA Alliance has seen its technology standard approved by the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) for incorporation into the next version of its Networked Device Interoperability Guidelines.
Global sales of home networking devices grew by 20 per cent last year to reach $7.98bn, with North America taking the largest slice (37 per cent) thanks to the adoption of Multimedia over Coax (MoCA) technology by the cable operators and telcos, according to a report from US firm Infonetics Research.
By 2014, global shipments of core home networking equipment and network-enabled media devices will exceed one billion units, according to ABI Research. But wifi is expected to remain the most common technology used to connect these media devices.
The HomeGrid Forum, a newly established trade group tasked with driving the ITU’s home networking specification, said this week that the standard is now stable enough to be adopted by silicon manufacturers.