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Will MoCA finally make a dent in Europe?


Published: 22 September, 2011


Entropic, the US chipmaker who has been driving the MoCA (Multimedia over Coax Alliance) standard, has renewed its offensive on Europe, with a showing at the IBC show which cited the first availability of MoCA 2.0 chipsets, new deals based around 100 Mbps internet services using Ethernet over MoCA and a continued push to make MoCA the backbone of at least some European homes, despite the distinct lack of coax in many regions.

MoCA 2.0 has been on our radar for some time with specs first discussed in mid-2009 and the standard set 15 months ago. IBC was the first public demonstration that such chips now exist. But the first MoCA offensive in Europe largely drew blanks, with some executives shrugging at the complete lack of existing coax and the lack of desire or ability, especially among multi-dwelling unit consumers, to consider it.

Most players in the home entertainment space in Europe have either gone down the WiFi route - it was a hotbed of early video oriented WiFi from Ruckus for instance - or have opted for HPNA, which is a rival system which carries signals over the smaller twisted pair used by telephone companies, or used the power cabling already in homes - itself now the focus of an ugly battle between Homeplug supports and players.

But the inclusion within the UPC Horizon set top of a MoCA connection has re-enthused Entropic and it wheeled its big guns out at the show, in the form of Anton Monk, one of the founders talking about how the first generation of MoCA used a single 50 MHz channel and how this new generation, uses at least one , but potentially two, bonded 100 MHz channels. But does any of that mean that MoCA, the standard for connecting HD video devices in the US, will finally gain a toe hold here in Europe? (For a full copy of this story email

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