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Australia - Broadband - Home Area Networks

Home area networks refer to networks deployed in residential premises using wired or wireless technologies. Following global trends, devices in use in Australia are likely to become increasingly sophisticated in the next five years and competition and cooperation between network operators and consumer electronics manufacturers are likely to increase.

As home networking in Australia matures from being PC- and media-centric using devices such as digital TVs, DVRs, digital media centres, set-top boxes and game consoles, the need for more connectivity will be required. We will need to incorporate a variety of consumer electronic devices that require connectivity to the smart homes of the future. The rollout of the National Broadband Network and the integration of smart grids will further drive this sector of the home area network market.

In this report we provide an overview of the market in Australia for the various components of home networks, as well as an analysis of developments and selected statistical estimates. Some trends are included for a look at the global perspective of where home area networks are heading.

Hot topics and technologies mentioned

Hot topics and technologies mentioned in this report include – networks, home networking, WiFi, home automation, connectivity, smart meters.


1. Synopsis
2. Home area networks (HANs) defined
3. Internal network connectivity
3.1 Wireless homes
3.1.1 Overview
3.1.2 Growth in home networks
3.2 Broadband over home electrical cabling – HomePlug
3.3 Smart meters to drive HAN uptake
4. Network devices
4.1 Home media centres
4.2 Interfacing with home networks
4.3 HAN-enabled smart meters
5. The smart home
5.1 Overview of the future home
5.2 Home automation devices
5.3
5.4 Smart wired house standard developed
5.5 Residential energy management networks
6. Analysis
6.1 Steady growth ahead
7. Surveys
7.1 Smart wiring in Australian homes
7.2 WiFi connected homes
7.3 The connected home
7.3.1 Background information
7.3.2 The digital invasion
7.3.3 Mobile phone replacement
7.3.4 Social networking sites popular
7.3.5 Upwardly mobile
7.3.6 The digital home
7.3.7 Understanding technology
7.3.8 Preferred suppliers
7.4 Willingness to pay
8. Related reports
List of Tables
Table 1 – Estimates of home network penetration of households - 2005 - 2012; 2016

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