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MoCA announced today it is developing a specification targeting multiple dwelling units (MDUs) that it’s dubbing MoCA Access. The spec will reportedly be based on the current MoCA 2.0 standard, which is capable of 1 Gbps net throughputs.

Operators looking to drive fiber deeper into the network or to the building will want to pay attention to this, of course. ISPs with fiber-based networks that terminate the optical signal in the basement and use the existing coax to reach each unit or apartment will also want to take notice. Additionally, commercial integrators designing and installing networks in hospitality, restaurants, offices and any other buildings that have coax already installed will look to follow this development.

“Our move into access applications is driven by operators worldwide who told us they need 1 Gbps actual throughputs with a long-term migration path and want to use the existing coax infrastructure,” Charles Cerino, president of MoCA, says. “Our performance and reliability attributes are proving to be a great solution in broadband applications as well as the home network backbone.”

The recently approved MoCA 2.5 spec will also be integrated in the new specification serving as a technology roadmap on which to plan for future deployments, according to the alliance. MoCA 2.5 is capable of up to 2.5 Gbps. and is backward interoperable with MoCA 2.0.
 

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