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IPTV ops hit Intellon 'Turbo' button

Tue, 01/02/2007 - 6:39am
Jeff Baumgartner, CED

Intellon Corp. said a dozen service providers in Europe and Asia are using the company's HomePlug silicon for in-home distribution of IPTV signals over existing powerlines.

Intellon cited the following service providers: 1&1, ChungHwa Telecom, Club Internet, France Telecom, Free, Hanaro Telecom, neuf cegetel, PCCW, Simmin, Tele2, Telecom Italia France and TPSA.

In these cases, the service providers are using "Turbo," a proprietary element Intellon has added to its HomePlug 1.0 platform. Turbo, the company claims, supports a physical layer throughput of about 85 Mbps. Earlier, the company had said Turbo handles true application throughput of between 20 Mbps to 25 Mbps, and that it is compatible with the forthcoming HomePlug AV gear, which looks to push a raw PHY rate of 200 Mbps.

HomePlug AV and Intellon's Turbo iteration aim to distribute high-bandwidth video signals over powerlines in homes that are not equipped with Ethernet wiring. Other advanced home networking platforms/standards that compete in this category include the Multimedia over Coax Alliance and HomePNA. Pulse~LINK is also preparing to come to market with a speedy home networking scheme designed to support actual peak throughputs of 600 Mbps, but the company doesn't expect to reach commercial production until Q2 2007.

Intellon said operators were reporting customer IPTV service cancellations of between 10 percent to 30 percent when new Ethernet wiring was required for the installation. Churn has dropped to less than 1 percent when Intellon's HomePlug solution was added, the chipmaker said.

"Our 85 Mbps HomePlug 1.0 with Turbo chipset has been very successful for service providers that need a customer-installable home backbone for distributing standard definition video," said Intellon VP of Business Development Cameron McCaskill. "We expect to see our IPTV business grow substantially during 2007, as additional operators adopt our Turbo solution for standard definition IPTV applications and new and existing customers begin to deploy our 200 Mbps HomePlug AV-based IC for high definition IPTV applications."

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