Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

GigaWire Alliance and Home Grid Forum merge

Steve Rogerson
October 29, 2019
 
The GigaWire Alliance has become part of the Home Grid Forum to create a new force in broadband access technology development and an organisation that will be structured to work across a widening portfolio covering IoT, connected cars, smart grid, light communications  and GigaWire MDU.
 
The two alliances exhibited at this month’s Broadband World Forum in Amsterdam with a joint stand.
 
“Both organisations have a lot in common and a strong focus on enabling service providers’ deployments with advanced solutions and ensuring a robust and versatile backbone, based on ITU-T G.hn technology, designed to work on any wire, designed to fit any network topology,” said Home Grid Forum marketing chair Livia Rosu. “From the HomeGrid Forum side, we will provide continued support to GigaWire members on system certification through strict compliance and interoperability testing for service providers’ smoother and faster deployment. As G.hn technology is at the core of systems for in-home and broadband access deployments in MDUs and last mile network segments, the new organisation automatically ensures end-to-end coexistence and interoperability at all levels.”
 
The new organisation will be structured to provide marketing and technical support to each of the market segments of home networking, IoT, connected cars, smart grid, light communications (lifi) and GigaWire MDU.
 
The GigaWire Alliance was created in 2017 as a unified industry effort by service providers, equipment vendors and silicon vendors to create an ecosystem that ensured continuous improvement of broadband access networks based on ITU-T G.hn standards.
 
Its work has been dedicated to enabling access networks that deliver faster-than-gigabit broadband services, with a focus on helping service providers leverage existing in-building copper infrastructure such as phone lines, UTP cables and coaxial cables to deploy broadband networks at a fraction of the cost of traditional FTTH deployments.
 
GigaWire extended applicability of G.hn to provide broadband access to the premises environment, including large apartment complexes, single family units and office buildings. It provided crosstalk mitigation and auto pairing features to support multiple users using bundle cable.
 
“GigaWire can easily improve internet connection speed up to ten times over VDSL in the premises environment where optical fibre cannot be deployed for technical or historical preservation reasons,” said Rosu. “Adding GigaWire’s experience and access deployment knowledge to the work of the HomeGrid Forum will give the combined organisation massive potential as the industry moves forward.”
 
GigaWire Alliance board member and HomeGrid Forum promoter member Korea Telecom’s vice president JP Lee added: “GigaWire Alliance and HomeGrid Forum have been working closely together for some time now and this merger will allow further exciting developments to be made, as well as exploiting new areas such as lifi, connected cars and smart grid; these are just some of the reasons why KT has been so keen to get more involved in the HomeGrid Forum.”
 
HomeGrid Forum is an industry alliance to promote G.hn gigabit home networking technology based on ITU-T standards.