Home gateways, for example, integrated, all-in-one devices that can be the centerpiece of the new digital home are expected to grow greatly through 2013, according to the latest report, Home Gateways: Door Opens for SPs to Realize Value-Adds, from Light Reading Insider, a paid research service of TechWeb’s Light Reading.

“There is a growing shift away from traditional modems and routers toward home gateways," said Denise Culver, research analyst with Light Reading's VoIP Services Insider and author of the report. "A home gateway is the key convergence device at the heart of the digital home -- an environment in which personal computers, TV, video, music, telephony, and automated home systems all converge to make daily life more simple and fun."

The growing market adoption of home networking is leading to increased demand for gateways, which will only grow in the next 18 to 24 months, Culver added. "One bright spot in the VoIP market continues to be the fast-growing digital home gateway segment, as more telcos use them to bundle broadband services," she noted. "Most analysts agree that broadband connections that deliver converged services will grow at a healthy clip from 2010 to 2013." Key findings of Home Gateways: Door Opens for SPs to Realize Value-Adds include:

  • Home gateways no longer are easily defined or contained. Vendors see them replacing the set-top box entirely for media and Web applications on the TV.
  • While several apps and services are made possible through home gateways, there is no dominant killer app beyond wireless home networking.
  • While modem shipments remain strong, home gateways become more prevalent with their ability to become the primary interface between service providers and end users.
  • One trend to expect in home gateways is more requests for customized products, including external design and firmware.

This is a trend that will not go away and will continue to rise as the years go on. All a builder has to do is look every ear at the growth of home networking products, services and exhibitors at the International CES show, this year the world’s largest tradeshow for consumer technology returns to Las Vegas, January 7-10, 2010.

In fact, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) recently unveiled "Living in Digital Times," a new spotlight at the 2010 International CES® that focuses on technology’s impact on consumer lifestyles, from tech-savvy youth to digital moms to seniors. gWe’re thrilled to bring Living in Digital Times to the 2010 CES, where attendees will experience the latest technology products that impact every consumer lifestyle – from children and college students to parents and senior citizens," said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, events and conferences, CEA.

“Our goal is to bring new voices to the dialogue about technology," said Robin Raskin, president and founder of Living in Digital Times. "CES is the place where people at the epicenter of technology share their products and services. Taking a look at the industry through the lens of lifestyle lets us look at some of the hot trends." [Editor’s Note: Home Gateways: Door Opens for SPs to Realize Value-Adds is available as part of an annual single-user subscription.]

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