Home Networking to Create Smart Homes

by CXOtoday Staff    Feb 26, 2007

The Asia-Pacific government is driving the home networking industry by backing initiatives in home networking research and development (R&D) and deployment of services, in order to stay ahead of the technology adoption curve.

Analysis from Frost &Sullivan, Asia Pacific market reveals that this market is expected to grow with the support of the government. South Korea being the market leader, in terms of R&D initiatives as well as consumer adoption, is the biggest proponent in shaping this development.

Home networking is likely to act as the catalyst for greater adoption of current and next-generation high-speed broadband connectivity and services, driving the convergence of services from computing to consumer electronics, networking, IT, telecommunications and entertainment.

Home network provides consumers with enhanced user experience, allowing computing resources and entertainment devices, such as TVs, DVD players, game consoles, and audio systems, to exchange information and access services over a fast link.

“Affluent consumers’ lifestyle needs for a ’smart home’ with entertainment, productivity, home automation, and connectivity are urging service providers to scale the broadband value chain,” notes Frost &Sullivan industry analyst Krishna Baidya.

Service providers play an essential role in creating awareness on the value and benefits of various networking applications and services that can improve consumers’ lifestyle choices.

Households today use many appliances which come with various connectivity options such as Ethernet, wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi), multimedia over coax alliance (MoCA) and HomePlug, among others. Standards dominating these different devices often result in lack of compatibility between devices.

In the face of competing technologies and standards in home networking solutions, active industry, wide participation and collaboration is needed to weed-out interoperability issues to speed-up adoption and ensure that the networked home of tomorrow delivers on its promise.

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