When it comes to home networking devices, North America is the worldwide leader, thanks in large part to the widespread use of the Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) standard, according to a recent market report.
“Tablets, connected TVs, digital media players and a growing list of other devices are driving sales of home networking devices, and this is nowhere more apparent than in North America, which captured 37 percent of networking device revenue in 2011,” said Jeff Heynen, directing analyst for broadband access and video at Infonetics Research. “We expect the demand for broadband peripherals, especially those with integrated MoCA chips, to continue to increase globally as operators in all regions roll out new home automation, energy management, entertainment and communications services that require high-end networking devices.”
As of last fall, more than 100 MoCA products had been certified, the majority (about 85 percent) of which are used by pay-TV operators such as Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications, Verizon, DirecTV, Dish Networks and Rogers Communications.
Other highlights from Infonetics Research’s home networking device report include:
- Global sales of home networking devices grew 20 percent in 2011 from 2010, to $7.98 billion.
- Infonetics expects a cumulative $43 billion to be spent on home networking devices over the five years from 2012 to 2016 as the growth of tablets and other devices in home networks necessitate additional connectivity options.
- MoCA-embedded set-top boxes, FTTB optical network terminals, coax-Ethernet adapters and Wi-Fi broadband routers are driving growth in home networking device market.
- D-Link extended its revenue share lead in the highly competitive broadband router market, followed by Netgear and Cisco.