Today at the 2010 IPTV World Forum, the HomePlug Powerline Alliance is celebrating its 10th anniversary by announcing several key milestones:
· HomePlug and HomePlug AV devices currently account for more than 75 percent of the world's broadband powerline communications market, with over 45 million devices sold to date and shipments forecasted to reach 60 million by year’s end.
· More than 50 of the world’s leading service providers are already utilizing HomePlug technology to deploy broadband, IPTV and triple-play offerings.
· HomePlug has added nine technology vendors and utility companies to its roster over the last few months (Atheros Communications, Inc.; Broadcom Corporation; D-Link Systems, Inc.; ETSA Utilities; Kawasaki Microelectronics America, Inc.; Marvell Semiconductor; Polaris Networks; Sigma Designs, Inc. and Western Digital Corporation)
· HomePlug Alliance is developing HomePlug GP, a powerline specification targeting low power, cost-optimized solutions. Major utility companies are supporting HomePlug by giving direct input into the specification requirements, helping optimize the technology for real world deployments.
· The HomePlug Alliance operates the powerline networking industry's largest Compliance and Interoperability (C&I) Certification Program to ensure true multi-vendor compliance and interoperability. The program has certified more than 200 products and will also begin certifying IEEE 1901 products in Q2 2010.
Additionally, several HomePlug members will be exhibiting HomePlug powerline networking solutions for IPTV, including: Atheros Communications (Stand 121), devolo AG (Stand 43), LEA (Stand 153) and Sigma Designs (Stand 13). HomePlug’s president, Rob Ranck, will be speaking on the Connected Home panel this Thursday, March 25.