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LUSTER shining at ANGA COM2019

Jun 27, 2019

Luster Teraband recently attended ANGA COM in Cologne, Germany, June 4-6. At the show, Luster demonstrated its portfolio of MoCA Home™ and MoCA Access™ products.

Prior to the show, Luster announced its newest home networking adapter based on MoCA Home 2.5, called HomeTRAN™ HME5000. It is the fastest MoCA technology-based home networking adaptor yet, capable of up to 2.5Gbit/s actual data rates. HomeTRAN uses the coaxial cabling already existing in the home to ensure a reliable Ethernet home network. 

In addition, Dr. Zongliang Wu, CTO of Luster, gave a presentation on a panel that that explored the technology options for delivering 10 Gbps.  The title of his presentation was MoCA: Multi-Giga Bit to the Home and throughout Home. GiaX, another MoCA member, was also on the panel and also presented the techhnical benefits of MoCA Access. The session was very well attended.

Dr. Wu also met with several members of the European trade press.  

Based on numerous conversations, it is becoming even more obvious that MoCA Access is the key to success in Europe. It solves the problem of performance and cost for MDUs and is a perfect complement to DOCSIS or fiber.  

Home networking in general is problematic in Europe. The coaxial wiring in many European countries is a problem for MoCA as it terminates in the basement, or is wired such that it is difficult to create a MoCA network, or there are not enough coax outlets in every house or apartment. Powerline and Wi-Fi-based networks are also difficult in Europe as the power line is not able to bring high capacity to a network and the thick building materials common in Europe may impede a Wi-Fi signal. Installing Cat5/6 is possible but expensive and still requires tearing up walls, or leaving the cabling exposed which is both dangerous and unsightly.  

Many operators are starting to plan for 10 Gbps networks now. But there are many technology options and many operators are overwhelmed by the number of choices. DOCSIS 3.1 is expensive and many of the smaller cable operators may not be able to afford the cost of equipment or installation.  The symmetrical version of DOCSIS 3.1, FDX, will not be deployed in 2019 as there is not sufficient demand for that kind of upload-based performance.  Many operators and others questioned the need for a successor to DOCSIS 3.1 as many ask if it is not best to install fiber at this point and be done with it.  

MoCA Access is a cost-effective and high-performance solution as a DOCSIS extension technology for MDUs and other buildings with already existing coax.

Fiber, while providing all the performance necessary now and in the future, is also problematic in Europe as many streets and cities are very old and digging trenches can be very expensive and beyond the budget of most operators. MoCA Access is a solution for FTTB/H as it is cost-effective, high performance and uses existing wiring.   

MoCA Home and Access should be presented as the universal backbone for home networking and the universal extension for access networks. MoCA supports Wi-Fi, 5G, DOCSIS and FTTH/B. Operators are starting to understand the message, and generally agree, but we need to continue to promote MoCA Access in Europe and the rest of the world.