HomeGrid Forum and HomePNA Alliance Merge


John Egan, President,
HomeGrid Forum
Beaverton, OR, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — May 30, 2013
HomeGrid Forum and the HomePNA Alliance have merged to create a single organization focused on promoting advanced wired home networking technologies.

The combined organization, under the HomeGrid Forum banner, will promote the smooth transition of all current generation wireline home networking technologies to G.hn, the “any wire” technology defined by ITU-T open international standards.

Right at the time G.hn-based products are starting to ship, the merger creates an organization that will guide those planning new networks based on G.hn as well as migrating from earlier network technologies to G.hn. However, there will also be continued support for the installed base of over 40 million certified HomePNA devices, thereby protecting the investment of HomePNA equipment manufacturers and their customers.

“The merger was a natural evolution for the two organizations,” said HomeGrid Forum president John Egan. “The core focus of both organizations was to support technologies based on open ITU-T standards that provide wired home networks for service providers to meet their customers’ needs for robust, high speed networking. This remains the primary goal of the expanded HomeGrid Forum.”
The merged HomeGrid Forum has more than 70 members, including 28 service providers, and some of the largest OEMs, ODMs and retailers in the world.
The merger takes two organizations with a common view of the market’s direction and the same core values, and creates a single, more focused organization. The expanded HomeGrid Forum is committed to a well developed support and transition plan for HomePNA users, while providing a long term vision that leads global markets toward a hybrid wired/wireless home network where G.hn provides the wireline backbone.