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MoCA Certifies Motorola & Tellabs ONTs

Alan Breznick
8/29/2006

Still aiming to establish itself as the de facto home networking standard in the U.S., the MSO-backed Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) has certified its first two optical network terminals (ONTs) for last-mile networking use. MoCA awarded the product certifications to Motorola Inc.'s ONT1000M Single Family MoCA Optical Network Terminal and Tellabs' 1600-612 Single Family Unit. Both fiber-to-the-home terminals have the coax-friendly MoCA technology embedded in them. MoCA officials boast that they have now certified 10 products for home use, including the two ONTs. The technology enables existing coaxial lines to distribute IPTV signals throughout the home at net speeds of more than 100 Mbit/s. But MoCA, while backed by such large MSOs as Comcast and Cox Communications, still faces strong competition from other home networking technologies. In a clear sign of the battle ahead, AT&T recently switched from MoCA to telco-friendly technology from the Home Phoneline Networking Alliance (HomePNA) for the rollout of its new IPTV service, U-verse. --Alan Breznick, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

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