home automationThe enablement of multiscreen video is emerging as a focal point for home networking technology and service providers worldwide, according to excerpts from Infonetics Research’s latest, “Home Networking Devices” report.

“Like broadband CPE, home networking devices continue to grow as fixed broadband subscribers increase around the globe,” Infonetics’ principal analyst for broadband access and pay TV Jeff Heynen was quoted in a press release.

“The types of services being delivered over data networks are growing as well, with the most important being multiscreen video. Operators in North America and Western Europe are deploying higher-end gateways and set-top boxes with integrated wireless and wired technologies to distribute video to multiple devices in the home, driving a secondary market of MoCA set tops and HomePlug adapters for connecting TVs, Blu-ray players, game consoles, and a growing list of peripherals to home networks.”

Highlights of the report include:

  • In China, South East Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America, the focus of home networking is first on expanding WiFi coverage, then quickly shifting to distributing multiscreen video
  • Globally, home networking device revenue totaled $5.4 billion in the first half of 2013 (1H13), up 6% from the second half of 2012 (2H12)
  • Multimedia over coax (MoCA) devices, which ship primarily in North America, once again drove revenue growth
  • Residential gateway revenue increased 7% in 1H13 from 2H12, as operators more heavily rely on residential gateways to deliver managed services
  • Operator-provided residential gateways continue to cannibalize retail routers: broadband router revenue and shipments declined in 1H13

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