MoCA driving growth in home networking market. Why not ITU or any version of WiFi?


Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its latest Home Networking Devices vendor market share and forecast report, which tracks residential gateways; broadband routers; HomePlug Powerline adapters; multimedia over coax (MoCA) set-top boxes (STBs), optical network terminals (ONTs), and coax-Ethernet adapters; and HPNA/ adapters.


.    The global home networking device market totaled $4.9 billion in the second half of 2012 (2H12)- a 5% increase over the first half of 2012 (1H12)
.    Sales of set-top boxes with embedded MoCA technology grew 23% in 2H12, while MoCA adapters, though
still shipping in small amounts, soared 129%
.    Broadband router revenue grew 6% in 2H12, thanks to shipments of higher-end 802.11ac and 802.11n WiFi routers in North America and EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa )
.    In the race for broadband router revenue market share, Actiontec saw the biggest jump, up 30% from 1H12
.    North America is the home networking device revenue share leader, capturing 45% of global 2H12 revenue
.    Infonetics expects MoCA STBs to account for 46% of home networking device sales by 2017

“MoCA (multimedia over coax) is again driving growth in the home networking device market, particularly shipments of video gateways in North America,” notes Jeff Heynen, directing analyst for broadband access and pay TV at Infonetics

“Deployments of cable and satellite STBs with integrated MoCA are slowly reaching a boil, and we expect DirecTV’s Genie, Dish’s Hopper, and Comcast’s XG1 set tops to see increased shipments throughout 2013 and beyond.”

Infonetics believes the home networking market is shifting from broadband routers to residential gateways.  Temporarily, the broadband router market will get propped up as consumers upgrade to IEEE 802.11n and 802.11ac broadband routers as per the graph below.  “However, with the market shifting to residential gateways, the lift will not last,” according to Infonetics Marketing Director Kimberly Peinado. 

AW Comment: AT&T has integrated WiFi into its U-Verse residential gateway, which connects home PC/gadgets and the U-Verse TV set top box to/from the U-Verse access network.


Alan W comment: 

Note that is now 3 years old, but hasn’t picked up market traction.

Neither has IEEE 802.11n which was expected to be used for video distribution in home networks.

Infonetics’ biannual home networking report provides worldwide and regional market size, vendor market share, forecasts through 2017, analysis, and trends for residential gateways; MoCA STBs, ONTs, and coax-Ethernet adapters; wired and WiFi broadband routers (HomePlug Powerline, MoCA, and HPNA/; HomePlug Powerline adapters; and HPNA/ adapters. Companies tracked: Actiontec, Alcatel Lucent, ARRIS, AVM, Belkin, Cisco, Comtrend, D-Link, Huawei, Motorola, NETGEAR, Pace, Sagemcom, SMC Networks, Technicolor, TP-LINK, TrendNet, Ubee Interactive, ZTE, ZyXEL, and others.

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