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The Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) is the latest member to join the Broadband Forum, an industry group focused on engineering more intelligent and faster broadband networks.

MoCA’s work will focus on its broadband specification MoCA Access, a fiber-extension technology that was introduced in June. MoCA Access is based on MoCA 2.5, which can deliver up to 2.5 Gbps downstream and 2 Gbps upstream with latency of less than 5ms, utilizing in-building coaxial cabling.

The Alliance says it will work with Broadband Forum to integrate the group’s data modeling and management standards into MoCA Access.

MoCA Access is meant to appeal to commercial sectors like hospitality/hotels, restaurants, offices, and other buildings wired with coax.

“We have always believed that the industry needs a diverse portfolio of technologies that addresses all the many use-cases that exist in the global broadband industry,” Robin Mersh, Broadband Forum CEO, says in a statement. “We are happy to share our expertise in broadband management and data modeling.”

Membership in the Broadband Forum also provides a market opportunity for MoCA, the Alliance says, as it will have greater exposure to telecos, ISPs, cable operators, and other members of the group.

“Membership in the Broadband Forum is part of our strategy to build relationships and partner with other organizations that have the software tools and the international reputation that promotes and establishes MoCA Access as a viable access technology in domestic and international markets,” Charles Cerino, president of MoCA, notes.

Other Broadband Forum members include AT&T, Arris, CableLabs, Charter Communications, Commscope, Intel, VMware, and Verizon.

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