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July 07, 2009

CopperGate Hits 10 Million Mark In International Shipments

By Carolyn J Dawson, TMCnet Contributor

CopperGate, a company that supplies standards-based chipsets for carrying broadband digital content over all three networks in a home (coax, phone and power), recently announced that it had dispatched over 10 million of its versatile HomePNA (News - Alert) chipsets. 

The company’s chipsets help in the adaptation of current home wiring to compatible Ethernet, be it over coax or phone networks, for the transmission of digital content to home entertainment devices and IPTV (News - Alert) offerings. Over 40 telecommunications, cable and satellite enterprises, use these chipsets as vital components in their devices because they offer high-speed, cost efficient and triple-play (for voice, data and video) capabilities and can be used on existing coax and phone based networking in homes.

Chief Architect in the Digital Broadcast Services at Bell Aliant (News - Alert), a satisfied customer of CopperGate, said, "CopperGate's HomePNA technology helped Bell Aliant cut install times by more than 30 percent. Plus, shorter install times helped us reduce our customer wait time for installation from a month down to the next business day. This has given us a competitive edge in this market.”

CopperGate chips are built using HomePNA technology, which is the generic name for the new open source, inter-functional International Telecommunication Union (ITU) G .9954, which outlines a ‘new new wires’ approach to home networking applications.

Over the last year, many telecom companies have installed IPTV services through existing phone and coax lines. Many network operators too have started offering homogeneous products on HomePNA. The HomePNA technology industry is growing at an exponential rate today and estimates suggest that at least 4 out of 5 telecom companies who deliver IPTV services in North America use HomePNA.

CopperGate believes that they have been able to reach the 10 million chip mark primarily because there is an increasing need for HomePNA technology in the market today as it helps service providers drastically reduce both their initial investments and running expenses, especially when installing IPTV, broadband access for MDU or when providing services which require voice, data and video modes.

Carolyn J Dawson is a Contributor to TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi