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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Broadband Powerline Network Equipment

Broadband over Powerline (BPL) has been emerging steadily over the past several years for in-home networking, access or utility company applications, and the technology is continuing strong growth, according to In-Stat.

With no new cabling needed, broadband powerline networking is emerging as a winner in the race for multimedia home networking worldwide, the high-tech market research firm says.

Management and conservation of energy has become the overriding driver for smart grid, utility applications, where both broadband and low-speed powerline communications will play a roll.

"As a result, we expect solutions using HomePlug Command and Control solutions to emerge in a big way, although we envision many combination solutions evolving including powerline and low-speed wireless technologies" says Joyce Putscher, In-Stat analyst.

In-Stat's market study found the following:

- Surpassing the inflection point in 2006, worldwide broadband powerline equipment based on HomePlug, CEPCA and UPA powerline reached 5.4 million.

- Global growth for broadband powerline networking equipment will approach 100 percent in 2007.

- Although broadband has gained most of the attention, the HomePlug Command & Control (HPCC) low-speed specification has recently been approved with meaningful shipments expected in 2008.

- Worldwide market acceptance is expected to be strong over the next five years, driven by many regional mandates for energy management and savings.