Friday, November 16, 2007

Verizon Pushing for 400 Mbps MoCA

Verizon is pushing the MoCA alliance to increase the bandwidth of the MoCA data service to 400 Mbps in the next two years. MoCA is a home networking technology that supports Ethernet over coaxial cable and coexists with cable and IPTV RF video delivery. The most recent version of MoCA provides a 270 Mbps wire speed with 175 Mbps throughput.

Verizon has more than 3 million MoCA devices installed in FiOS TV customer homes today.
Considering the telco's deployment and customer ramps, that number will only continue to rise. Verizon ended the third quarter with 717,000 FiOS TV subscribers and is adding about 3,200 new video customers per day. On the high end, the company forecasts having 4 million FiOS TV subs by 2010.

Today, Verizon delivers broadcast video via an RF overlay, similar to a cable architecture, but uses IPTV to deliver video on demand content and widget data. Eventually, Verizon plans to introduce an IP video hub office and eliminate the analog RF transmission package. The company will use IPTV to deliver video on demand, interactive capabilities, and a few broadcast channels. It will later migrate to IPTV multicast for all broadcast content and the eliminate the RF overlay.

Verizon is making a good point; however, it should be shooting for a gigabit in the home network.

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