While historical and current versions of WLAN are the most popular form of home networking technology, they have their weaknesses when it comes to speed and quality of service. While the next iteration of WLAN, 802.11ac, promises to solve both of these issues, there is a window of opportunity for wired home networking technologies to reinforce and complement the features and capabilities of home networks before 802.11ac becomes widely available. "By adding wired home networking solutions into the mix of home networking technologies, the current shortcomings of WLAN can be overcome while creating a much more dynamic home networking solution," commented Norm Bogen, VP of Research at MRG. Bogen went on to say, "that solution can be used to improve the user experience while serving as the basis for a series of new services that can be offered by service providers and vendors."
While MoCA will be the leading wired home networking technology in North America over the forecast period, Western and Eastern Europe, and the Asia Pacific region will be led by deployments of HomePlug.
The rapid growth of G.hn in the Asia Pacific market, after its trials and commercial launch in 2012, promises to propel G.hn to become a major competitor to HomePlug and other technologies over an extended forecast period beyond 2016.
A number of new trends in home networking technology promise to make it easier for consumers to attain the benefits of a hybrid wired and wireless home network.
This report is focused on the evolution of the increasingly important hybrid home network. As the last remaining bottleneck in enabling the digital multimedia value chain that can support the Web 2.0 vision, the dynamics of the home networking market are thoroughly analyzed and forecasted by technology and region.