Light Reading

Entropic, Verizon Serve Up MOCA

Craig Matsumoto
News Analysis
Craig Matsumoto
1/5/2006
50%
50%

The Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) got a shot in the arm to start this week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), as founding member Entropic Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: ENTR) picked up $25 million in funding and Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) trotted out MOCA-compliant equipment for Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) to use with its FiOS TV service.

But Verizon is making it clear that it's not giving an exclusive blessing to MOCA. "We're going to continue to look at everything," a Verizon spokesman says. "This doesn't rule out other home networking types of technologies. Specifically, our folks talk about wireless."

MOCA is one of several groups pushing schemes for transmitting broadband around the home -- in MOCA's case, using the coaxial cable installed for TV. At CES, MOCA is claiming to support speeds up to 270 Mbit/s.

Motorola and Verizon are both MOCA members, so it's no surprise that the companies are using the technology. In yesterday's announcement, Motorola unveiled a MOCA-compliant set-top with Verizon as its first customer. MOCA will replace Verizon's original FiOS scheme, which involved installing Category 5 cable in every home. (See Motorola Unveils QIP Family.)

Verizon might not be dedicated to MOCA, but Entropic certainly is. The 55-employee company has now raised $78 million in three rounds dating back to 2001. The latest round was led by Focus Ventures , with several prior investors contributing: Anthem Venture Partners , Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), CMEA Ventures , Comcast Interactive Capital , EchoStar Satellite LLC , Intel Capital , Mission Ventures , Motorola Ventures , Panasonic Corp. (NYSE: PC), Redpoint Ventures , Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX), and YAS Broadband Ventures . (See Entropic Raises $25M.)

Entropic is a chip vendor founded by Conexant Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CNXT) veterans, including Itzhak Gurantz, Entropic's CTO. Aiming to develop signal processors for in-home broadband, the company settled on coax as its medium and helped create MOCA two years ago to promulgate the technology.

To speed up its development, MOCA didn't bother attaching itself to any standards body. "It just slows everything down," says John Graham, Entropic's vice president of marketing.

Entropic's chip would be the heart of a MOCA gateway or set-top, but the company doesn't expect to have a monopoly on the market. Broadcom Corp. (Nasdaq: BRCM) has joined the alliance, and any day now, MOCA expects to publish the specifications that would let chip makers produce compliant silicon. "We'll have other chip players in this business in another 18 months," Graham says.

Of course, other types of wires inhabit nearly every household's walls, and standards have formed to make use of them as well.

The HomePlug Powerline Alliance advocates using electrical wiring to carry Ethernet signals, turning every electrical outlet into a network jack. The HPPA announced a standard in August for 200-Mbit/s transmission, which would yield 70 to 140 Mbit/s to end devices.

The Home Phoneline Networking Alliance thinks copper phone lines could do the trick. HomePNA 3.0, also standardized by the ITU as G.9954, claims speeds up to 240 Mbit/s.

A proprietary coax-cable transmission is being pitched by startup Coaxsys Inc. , which is demonstrating a 200-Mbit/s transmission this week. And then there's wireless, with companies including Ruckus Wireless Inc. (NYSE: RKUS) trying to adapt WiFi for broadband video.

— Craig Matsumoto, Senior Editor, Light Reading

(3)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
alcaseltzer
50%
50%
alcaseltzer,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 4:10:05 AM
re: Entropic, Verizon Serve Up MOCA
MOCA is a really smart move for the Telcos. In most homeowners minds, the coax is "owned" by the cable company. If the telcos can make use of it, and blur the distinction, that's really powerful. Picture the homeowner - "Oh, you mean AT&T can connect to my coax too - neat!"
Pete Baldwin
50%
50%
Pete Baldwin,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 4:10:05 AM
re: Entropic, Verizon Serve Up MOCA
For those who've been studying the home networking scene ... any favorites among the different in-home wiring schemes? Most users wouldn't care, but I figure some of you are probably savvy enough to have strong opinions on cable vs. powerline vs. phone line.

As for wireless... My household decided to NOT go wireless, because the convenience vs. potential problems just didn't seem like a good tradeoff.
We don't see any reason to ever go wireless, but I sense we're in the minority there.
tegigthecat
50%
50%
tegigthecat,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 4:10:04 AM
re: Entropic, Verizon Serve Up MOCA
Depends how far the coax runs.... My take is that the capacity and reach of wireless will simply out muscle anything coax or powerline will provide and you don't have to worry about drilling walls etc....
From The Founder
Light Reading sits down at CES with the head of Cisco's service provider video business, Conrad Clemson, to discuss how NFV and cloud security relate to video, the challenge of managing 4K/8K traffic, the global expansion of Netflix and virtual reality.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
CLOUD / MANAGED SERVICES: Prepping Ethernet for the Cloud
Moderator: Ray LeMaistre Panelists: Jeremy Bye, Leonard Sheahan
LRTV Custom TV
Join Us at the Digital Operations Transformation Summit

2|4|16   |   03:52   |   (0) comments


The Digital Operations Transformation Summit on February 21, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza Barcelona Fira Centre will bring together 50 senior executives to engage in a unique debate on the opportunities and challenges presented by the transformative evolving digital landscape. RSVP now at events@lightreading.com.
LRTV Custom TV
Making the Test: ADVA Ensemble Connector vs. Open vSwitch

2|4|16   |   01:28   |   (0) comments


Light Reading, in partnership with EANTC, recently tested ADVA's Ensemble Connector, which replaces open vSwitch and offers carrier-grade capability and interoperability. The test results strengthen ADVA's credibility as a provider in the virtualization space.
LRTV Custom TV
Bridging the Gap Between PoCs & Deployment in NFV

2|4|16   |   31:50   |   (0) comments


Charlie Ashton of Wind River presents the keynote at Light Reading's 2020 Vision executive summit in Dublin.
Between the CEOs
CEO Chat With Mike Aquino

2|3|16   |   17:34   |   (0) comments


The former CEO of Overture Networks, Mike Aquino, discusses why truly open virtualization solutions provide service providers with the greatest choice.
Shades of Ray
MWC: Buckle Up for 5G & the IIoT

2|2|16   |   02:28   |   (0) comments


This year's Mobile World Congress looks set to be a 5G land grab and a chance to get down and dirty with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) – but what will the 5G discussions actually be about?
LRTV Custom TV
Case Study: Building China's Next-Gen TV Networks

2|2|16   |   5:01   |   (0) comments


With over 2 billion viewers worldwide, Shenzhen Media Group is one of China's largest content producers. By partnering with Huawei and Sobey, SZMG was able to modernize media operations with the Converged News Center, a production studio that is a model for next-generation workflows.
LRTV Custom TV
Quad Channel Modulator Driver with 46 Gbaud Capability from MACOM

1|28|16   |     |   (0) comments


MACOM's MAOM-003427 is the industry's first surface-mount modulator driver with 46 Gbaud capability to support next generation 200G and 400G applications.
LRTV Custom TV
Video Infographic: Validating Cisco's NFV Infrastructure

1|26|16   |   02:24   |   (1) comment


We all know that the network of the future will be virtual, but when will virtual become a reality? This video infographic covers the four key areas in which Light Reading, in partnership with EANTC, tested Cisco's NFV infrastructure: performance, reliability, multi-service capabilities and single pane of glass management.

For the full report, see

Between the CEOs
CEO Chat With Phil McKinney, CableLabs

1|22|16   |   13:36   |   (1) comment


At CES in Las Vegas, we met with Phil McKinney, CEO of CableLabs. Phil provides an update on the rollout of DOCSIS 3.1, his views on the future of open source and how consumer interest in virtual reality could affect network traffic.
Between the CEOs
Ericsson CTO on the Changing Telecom Market

1|21|16   |   10:26   |   (0) comments


At CES 2015, CTO of Ericsson, Ulf Ewaldsson, sits down with CEO of Light Reading, Steve Saunders, to discuss the changing telecom market, the new partnership with Cisco and the future of the telecom industry.
LRTV Interviews
Ireland's Data Dream

1|21|16   |   14:31   |   (0) comments


Host In Ireland president Gary Connolly tells Light Reading's Steve Saunders about the role Ireland is playing in hosting data for the world's largest organizations.
LRTV Custom TV
Brocade Keynote: Transitioning to the New IP

1|20|16   |   27:23   |   (0) comments


At 2020 Vision in Dublin, Andrew Coward, VP of Service Provider Strategy at Brocade, presents the transition to the New IP.
Upcoming Live Events
March 10, 2016, The Cable Center, Denver, CO
April 5, 2016, The Ritz Carlton, Charlotte, NC
May 23, 2016, Austin, TX
May 24-25, 2016, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
Cisco's latest VNI numbers suggest the world will be using 366.8 exabytes of data on smartphones and Internet of Things devices, up from 44.2 exabytes, in 2015.
Hot Topics
Alphabet Is Serious About Google Fiber
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 2/1/2016
Did Juniper Pay 'Peanuts' for BTI?
Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 2/2/2016
Google's 5G Radio Ambitions Are Expanding
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 2/5/2016
How Data Center Outsourcing Fuels AT&T NetBond Growth
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 2/3/2016
3.5GHz Startup Gets $22M for Small Cells
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 2/2/2016
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
Webinar Archive
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
The former CEO of Overture Networks, Mike Aquino, discusses why truly open virtualization solutions provide service providers with the greatest choice.
As anyone who knows me will tell you, I like to think I know a fair bit about this next-gen-comms malarkey, but there's nothing like an interview with one of the ...
Animals with Phones
Happy Groundhogs for Technology Day! Click Here
Live Digital Audio

Broadband speeds are ramping up across Europe as the continent, at its own pace, follows North America towards a gigabit society. But there are many steps to take on the road to gigabit broadband availability and a number of technology options that can meet the various requirements of Europe’s high-speed fixed broadband network operators. During this radio show we will look at some of the catalysts for broadband network investments and examine the menu of technology options on offer, including vectoring and G.fast for copper plant evolution and the various deployment possibilities for FTTH/B.