London, UK and Beaverton, OR, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — March 3, 2009 – An agreement has been concluded between the Universal Powerline Association (UPA) and the HomeGrid Forum to promote G.hn as the next generation home networking standard and to ensure co-existence between G.hn-based products and existing powerline technologies.

Under the agreement, the UPA and HomeGrid Forum will cooperate to support the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU-T) G.hn, which is creating a single MAC and PHY for transporting multimedia across a home’s existing wiring. In December 2008 the G.hn standard group reached consent on a single PHY protocol for next generation wireline technologies.
 
“This collaboration will combine the technical and marketing capabilities of both organizations to successfully meet market challenges and to further enhance interoperable and coexistent networking technologies for the benefit of consumers worldwide,” commented Daniel Drolet, chairman of the UPA. “The UPA sees the HomeGrid Forum as an excellent catalyst to drive a single standard for the next generation home network and we are happy to contribute to that effort.”
 
“HomeGrid Forum looks forward to working closely with UPA and other organizations to move the industry to a single wired home networking standard,” said Matthew Theall, president of the HomeGrid Forum. “By working together, we’ll make the purchase and installation process much easier, enable new services to be delivered around the home, and fuel market growth. The standard will also greatly simplify home networking for consumers and service providers around the world.”

The UPA is an industry consortium providing a forum for the development of global standards and regulations in the powerline communications market.

The HomeGrid Forum is a global, non-profit trade group promoting ITU-T G.hn standardization efforts for multimedia networking over coax, power and phone lines.