HD home networks get new standard
The first global standard offering an in-home, high-speed network capable of delivering room-to-room HDTV was announced by the ITU (the International Telecommunication Union). Known as G.hn, the new standard is designed to transmit multimedia over power, coaxial, phone and other home network wiring at triple the speed currently possible. After many months of discussions, the G.hn has support from service providers, semiconductor and equipment vendors, and so is on track to have products enter the marketplace by 2010. Additionally, the HomeGrid Forum has been formed to promote G.hn.
“There’s a clear market need for a unified networking approach,” said Malcolm Johnson, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau. “With G.hn, every wire in every home around the world can become part of a home entertainment network. ” (Photo by Matt McGee/Creative Commons)