New HomePNA spec targets MDU, hospitality broadband

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 8:35am
Traci Patterson

The HomePNA Alliance has announced a new specification, this one aiming to deliver performance up to 320 Mbps in regular mode, as well as up to 640 Mbps and more than 300 Mbps of user data throughput to multiple-dwelling unit (MDU) environments in a new enhanced mode.

HomePNA's Fast EoC spec targets broadband access in MDU and hospitality markets.

"The new HomePNA broadband access standard changes the game by delivering reliable and affordable broadband over existing coax lines," said Michael Weissman, president of HomePNA. "Now MSOs can leverage their existing cabling infrastructure to provide digital services to living units for 10 percent of the capital needed to deploy alternatives such as DOCSIS."

The Alliance said that the spec is a high-performance broadband access solution that is quick to install and cost effective to purchase and deploy. HomePNA Fast EoC-based solutions enable high-speed Ethernet over Coax (EoC), using the existing coax cables in apartment buildings and townhouses, to deliver new digital services such as high-speed broadband Internet access, VOD and full IPTV.

The standard builds on HomePNA 3.1, an ITU standard and the world standard for triple-play home networking over coax and phone lines. The new spec, though, adds critical features for the MDU environment.

"Fast EoC is a terrific technology for service providers in small- and mid-size cities," said Felix Jeng, president of Sendtek. "Dozens of service providers are successfully deploying our Fast EoC solutions today in China, Europe, India and Latin America and finding Fast EoC technology is very robust and practical."

Additional benefits include:

  • Broadband access networks in MDU environments typically have lower signal quality and higher noise and attenuation than home networks. The new standard increases transmission power and adds enhancements that make MDU operation robust and reliable.
  • Fast EoC's enhanced mode uses bonded channels that provide up to 640 Mbps data rate, which, combined with guaranteed QoS and true multicast capability, can enable the delivery of triple-play services to MDU residents over the existing coax cables.
  • Fast EoC delivers the highest security and privacy by adding encryption capability and a unique MAC architecture to prevent endpoints from becoming aware of or communicating with each other.
  • Fast EoC enables control of up to 126 endpoints supporting the large number of living units in an MDU. The implementation enables the addition of these endpoints with almost no change in the total throughput, ensuring stable predictable performance.
  • Network management in MDUs is important, and the endpoints must be managed effectively. Fast EoC features capabilities that enable vendors to supply powerful network management tools.

Fast EoC-based HomePNA is available today from Alliance member Sigma Designs.


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