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The Multimedia over Coax Alliance has completed MoCA 2.0 field tests in the US, demonstrating better than 400Mbps net data rates.

That throughput metric was found when using 90% of all coaxial outlets, or paths. Net throughputs were greater than 350Mbps for 95% of paths.

Results are based on 205 homes tested throughout the US. Field tests are also currently being conducted in China, Israel and South Africa.

"The completion of the MoCA 2.0 field tests confirms the speed, ease of installation and reliability of our technology," said Charles Cerino, president at MoCA. "This proves that coax is the high-speed backbone of the home network."

To accommodate the proliferation of devices and services in the home, including over-the-top (OTT) and Ultra HD, service providers' networks are in varying states of upgrades, but the demands placed on them are only going to escalate.

Operators are continuously trying to forecast and manage bandwidth requirements. A report from Rethink Research, and sponsored by MoCA, found that a home with three TVs (common in the US, though not necessarily in all other countries), each with UHD capability, plus three additional video streams on smaller screens will have a minimum requirements of 85Mbps. The minimum requirement for a home network in this scenario is three UHD streams at 25Mbps each, three portable device streams 2.5Mbps each, with the additional 5Mbps for "other" activity — together this represents a "peak" home environment for Internet traffic.

So, operators should target 171Mbps per home for the Ultra HD age, MoCA concluded.

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