Last week, HomePNA announced the signing of a liaison agreement with HomeGrid Forum to jointly promote the ITU’s G.hn home networking standard. HomePNA President, Bill Simmelink told me that his members strongly believe in, and support the work being done there. Beyond the announcement, there’s another story to be told. I think HomePNA is uniquely positioned to support G.hn because its members were among its earliest supporters.
HomePNA is the only true existing-wire home networking "standard." To date, it's the only technology endorsed and supported by a true standards group - an impartial organization that isn't under the control of a limited number of companies. Also, HomePNA is the only home networking standard that operates simultaneously over two of the three types of home wiring; coax and phone wires. It works as advertised and I've had it in my home for 3 years running on AT&T's U-verse offering.
Add these together and multiply by the fact that HomePNA’s two-wire home networking was standardized by the same ITU home networking standards group now working on the G.hn three-wire standard, and you can see how well HomePNA members are positioned in terms of technology, experience and expertise to drive and take advantage of the G.hn work.
And one more thing….even tough HomePNA isn’t publically commenting on the next generation HomePNA 4 spec development, they have disclosed that it will provide broad support for the G.hn standard.