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MoCA Access Home Network Standard Boasts Gigabit Speeds

June 21, 2017 By Molly White in

Advancing its mission to establish an industry standard for broadband home networking, the MoCA (Multimedia over Coax Alliance) has publicly released a new technical specification. 

Dubbed MoCA Access, the new broadband access spec is based on the MoCA 2.5 standard. That means it’s capable of distributing digital data at rates as high as 2.5 Gbps over existing coaxial cabling, the trade association highlights.  

MoCA Access employs point-to-point messaging to serve up to 63 modems, or clients, at any time. In addition, it has been designed to coexist with existing information-communications services commonly found in homes, such as conventional broadcast TV, DOCSIS cable broadband and 4G/5G cellular technologies.

MoCA Access

Operating at frequencies between 400 to 1675 MHz, maximum throughput rates are billed as being 2.5 Gbps downstream and 2 Gbps upstream. The latency of MoCA Access data transfers comes in at less than 5 milliseconds (ms).

In terms of managing network traffic, MoCA Access supports standard “traffic shaping” and “quality of service” (QoS) for as many as eight distinct classes of traffic, according to MoCA Alliance. In addition, it provides strong security and three modes of power transmission, with 45dB, 55dB or 65dB link budgets and power savings modes.

An extension of fiber optic technology, MoCA Access fits in well within the network environments and infrastructure of ISPs and other network operators rolling out fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) or fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) connectivity, MoCA Alliance notes. It can also prove beneficial to systems integrators active in vertical industry segments, such as hospitality/hotels, restaurants, offices or any building wired with coax.

“MoCA Access leverages our core strengths in high-performance, reliability and no new wires,” commented MoCA president Charles Cerino. “Service providers around the world can take advantage of a proven high-speed technology that is designed for all future installations. It is also the perfect complement to a wired backhaul architecture for upcoming cellular technologies such as 5G as it has very low latency.”