Sales of multimedia-over-coaxial cable (MoCA) devices are fueling sustained growth when it comes to home networking equipment in North America, according to a new report from Infonetics Research. Some $46 billion will be spent cumulatively on consumer home networking devices over the five years from 2012 to 2016, Infonetics forecasts.

In its “Home Networking Devices” report, Infonetics tracks residential gateways, broadband routers, HomePlug Powerline adapters, MoCA set-top boxes (STBs), optical network terminals (ONTs), coax-Ethernet adapters, and HPNA/G.hn adapters.

“Among the wide variety of gear we track for our home networking devices report, the devices growing at the fastest rate have one thing in common: multimedia over coax,” explains Jeff Heynen, directing analyst for broadband access and pay TV at Infonetics Research. “MoCA set top boxes and adapters continue to show sustained growth in North America, where DirecTV, Dish Networks, and a growing list of cable companies are rolling out whole-home DVR and video gateway services.

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“While we’re still in the early stages of MoCA device growth, we expect MoCA to become the de facto wired technology for video distribution to devices in the home. Going forward, multiscreen video will be a key driver for MoCA.”

Additional report highlights include:

  • Consumer residential gateway sales grew 12% in the first half of 2012 (1H12) over the second half of 2011 (2H11)
  • Sales of MoCA set-top boxes rose 33% in 1H12 over 2H11
  • Consumer home networking device leaders NETGEAR and D-Link increased their global revenue market share in 1H12, while Pace surged into 3rd

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