IPTV and multi-room DVR are driving growth for a concept known as ‘no-new-wire’ connectivity according to a new report from IMS Research.
The report ‘Home Networks and Residential Gateways' highlights the fact that even though wireless is currently king in terms of home networking technologies, the use of wired solutions, particularly ‘no-new-wires’ , is on the rise and forecast to experience a boom over the next five years.
IMS estimates that at the end of 2009, over 70% of home networks in place globally were wireless and that 69% of residential gateways sold in 2009 are estimated to have had 802.11 technology built in, a number that is forecast to increase to more than 95% in 2014.
However, IMS believes that the accelerating uptake of services such as IPTV has fuelled significant growth of ‘no-new-wire’ due to the fact that wired solutions can offer guaranteed levels of service, particularly for premium services such as multi-room HDTV. In IPTV deployments, the ‘no-new-wire’ solutions provide the link between the broadband gateway and the set-top box in the user’s house and in many cases multiple ‘no-new-wire’ ICs will be required in each house.
IMS adds that though IPTV has provided the initial boost for ‘no-new-wire’ networking, multi-room DVR services are going to give the technology its second wind. Particularly in the US where a number of high profile US cable TV service providers have started purchasing and supplying multi-room HD DVR solutions and content is distributed o multiple set-top boxes and televisions throughout the home.
The report concludes that the medium-term future for ‘no-new-wire’ technologies is very positive and forecasts that by the end of 2015, there will be an installed base of over 110 million ‘no-new-wire’ homes.