MoCA math chhodna !!!

Okay, so it’s a sad sad pun, but nonetheless today I will be introducing you to a truely awesome wireless technology called MoCA.

MoCA stands for Multimedia over Coaxial Alliance. It is basically an open, industry driven initiative promoting broadband through the already existing coaxial cables in the home.

The reason I called this a “classic” technology is, it brings to surface the classic, age-old skill of the Engineer,viz,., to utilize existing resources for newer technologies. I do agree , that with Internet growing at an alarming rate, the need for technologies like FTTH (Fibre To The House) or FTTN (Fibre To The Node) is ever-increasing. I guess eventually, the copper mountains beneath us will have to accommodate, (or worse) be replaced with Fiber Optic Cable. But till this transition is successful, there’s a dire need to leverage the existing resources to satisfy the ever-growing thirst for bandwidth of the new tech-savvy consumers.

MoCA makes use of the coaxial cables that are already a part of a domestic electrical system to deliver high bandwidth multimedia and digital entertainment. Even in developing countries like India, a coaxial connection for Cable television exists. It is not uncommon for a middle-class citizen to have more than one coax point in the house. This makes adoption of this technology very easy (notwithstanding the technology that needs to be installed at the ISPs end :-D)

The features of this standard include a net data throughput of 175 Mbits/sec and support for upto 16 devices. This is a good bandwidth by any standards.

MoCA, however, is not a new technology. According to a report, more than one million MoCA installations are already in place. A variety of products such as PVR/DVR and client side set top boxes, broadband home routers, residential gateways, Ethernet to MoCA bridges and ONTs are currently in deployment.

The company I work for, 2Wire, is one of the leading companies to invest in MoCA. As you can see from the member-list of MoCA, some big names are backing this technology. Prominent among these are Verizon and Comcast who are betting heavily on this technology.

Let us hope, this ground-breaking technology makes its way to Indian shores soon, before Reliance decides it does not like CAT5 cables all that much :-D

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