List of broadband over power line deployments

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It is important to highlight that BPL deployments consist in large scale installations that have been technically approved in a pilot project.

BPL deployments - 2nd Gen ([edit]

Active BPL deployments[edit]

  1. Western Europe:
    • Germany: In 2017, E.ON initiated its BPL deployment across 100,000 German households by providing 10,000 repeaters and headends for the low voltage part of its grid. The international energy company selected Corinex as its sole provider for BPL technology. This deployment was one of the most relevant for the utility sector in Europe because it represented the first massive BPL deployment in the world.[1]

BPL pilot projects - 1st Gen (UPA)[edit]

Inactive pilot projects[edit]

  1. North America:
    • United States: The United Telecom Council publishes the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)-mandated BPL Interference Resolution website,[2] which provides a list of all BPL deployments in the US.
    • Canada: Quebec: As of 2005, PLC communication technology developed by Ariane Controls is being installed inside and outside existing buildings to control lights and other energy-hungry devices. The cheap devices allow energy consumption to be better managed, and so save much energy and bring a clear return on investment.
  2. Western Europe:
    • Sweden: Vattenfall is using PLC technology at 1200 baud for automatic meter reading based on an Iskraemeco product.[3]
  3. Central and Eastern Europe, and Eurasia:
    • Russian Federation: Electro-com has deployed widely BPL/PLC technology and offers internet access service in Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Ryazan, Kaluga and Rostov-on-Don,[4] planning to extend coverage to main Russian cities. Currently the company does not provide other services, though plans to start providing telephone, and television services someday. Base equipment is a DefiDev modem with a DS2 chipset. The company had 35,000 subscribers and an annual growth of 15-20%.[5] The company has, however, halted operations in Moscow in September, 2008, having sold its client network to an IDSL internet provider.[6]
    • Romania: In January, 2006, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology introduced a PLC trial in the rural locality of Band, Mureș County, offering phone and broadband internet access for €7 per month. The technology was introduced to 50 households.[7]
    • Montenegro: In March, 2002, the Internet Crna Gora biggest internet provider in Montenegro launched a pilot project in town of Cetinje.
    • Serbia: In August 2002, the Star Engineering from Niš launched a pilot project to show a completely new way to access the Internet, which is a new in that time in most countries around the world.
    • Hungary: The first powerline service in Hungary was realized in September, 2003, in the Riverside apartment house in Budapest by 23Vnet Ltd. The PLC equipment was supplied by ASCOM Powerline. After four months the service was counting 100 users from 450 apartment owners. The bandwidth is 4.5 Mbit/s.[8]
  4. Asia, Pacific, and Oceania:
    • Indonesia:
      • PT Kejora Gemilang Internusa "KEJORA", under their banner PLANET BROADBAND, is currently rolling out broadband over power line, with over 300,000 homes expected to be enabled by August 2010. PT. Kejora Gemilang Internusa signed an 8-year Joint Venture concession agreement with ICON+ a division of PT. Perusahaan Listrik Negara (Indonesia electricity company). Under the terms of the agreement PLAnet Broadband are to supply BPL/PLC to Jakarta West and West Java.[9]
      • Another company, PT. Broadband Powerline Indonesia, has been developing broadband over power line in apartment buildings since 2006. PT. BPI also produces data couplers to make broadband over powerline possible in three phases (R, S, T) with a single master.[10]
    • India : In India IIIT Allahabad has completed a project in co-operation with Corinex Communications Canada to implement a prototype of BPL for University campus and nearby villages.[11]
  5. Africa and the Middle East:
    • Egypt: The Engineering Office for Integrated Projects (EOIP) has deployed PLC technology widely in Alexandria, Fayed, and Tanta. Based on a locally developed system, the company provides AMR for electricity utilities. Currently, the company has about 70,000 subscribers.
    • South Africa: Goal Technology Solutions (GTS) trialled the technology and is offering service in the suburbs of Pretoria, and plans to extend it to other areas. The tests were done with Mitsubishi equipment using a DS2 chipset, and the company claims a maximum throughput of 90 Mbit/s although initially only "512 Kbits/s ADSL equivalent speeds" are available. Now it uses DefiDev's equipment, and according to GTS's website, it will expand available bandwidth up to 5-20 Mbit/s.
    • Ghana:
      • Cactel Communications, Ltd. successfully deployed an MV solution pilot project in the Graphic Communications Group in Accra in June, 2005.
      • A Cactel Remote Energy Management System (REMS) pilot project for the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) is running a 40-user pilot project at the University of Ghana in Legon. The current project combines fiber, radio link, Wi-Fi and PLC to provide broadband internet access and telephony. It showcases the interoperability of PLC technology and the company's expertise in emerging market design and deployment. Cactel hopes to deploy nationally, and is in deliberations with the national stakeholders and with Ghana's Ministry of Communications (MoC).[12]
      • AllTerra Communications successfully implemented a pilot test of broadband over power lines in Akosombo. In partnership with VRA, this test involves demonstrating transmission of broadband from medium to low voltage signals. AllTerra is working with VRA to expand the pilot project to include essential grid management utilities that will help balance and manage the current electricity transmission throughout their various substations. Using IT as a catalyst for economic development, AllTerra is expanding into numerous areas throughout Ghana.[13]
      • Vobiss Solutions Ltd successfully implemented a Hybrid Fibre BPL pilot network within EMEFS Hillview Estate in collaboration with ECG.
    • Saudi Arabia:
      • ElectroNet has been working with the Saudi Electric Company since 2005 on a pilot project using broadband over power lines over medium voltage cables and linking into low voltage distribution within a shopping mall. The pilot project also integrates automatic meter readers.[14]
      • Powerlines Communications Co. Ltd. implemented an AMR pilot project for Saudi Electricity Company in 2006. The project was located in the city of Jeddah on the west coast of Saudi Arabia. Digital KWh meters were installed in parallel with analog KWh meters. Readings taken by the Saudi Electricity Company showed variations of less than 1%. A BPL pilot project was included.[15][16]
      • Saudi Arabian Computer Management Consultants (SACMAC) has signed a deal to become an official system integrator and distributor for Mitsubishi PLC. It is expected to become a great success, because the existing broadband service, monopolized by the Saudi Telecom Company, is expensive and has poor customer service (some clients report that company techs arrive months after ordering). SACMAC has declined to talk about specifics of availability and price but says it will start rolling out the service in a few months (as of May 2006) and its price will be lower than current broadband providers.

Concluded pilot projects[edit]

The following pilot projects have ended:

  1. Australia, Tasmania: In November 2007, electricity retailer Aurora Energy ended its involvement with BPL and announced it was switching to Optical Fiber.[17] This ended their commercial trial begun in September 2005, offering BPL services to 500 homes in the suburb of Tolmans Hill near Hobart, which had followed a successful technological trial earlier that year.[18]
  2. Portugal ended BPL/PLC deployments in the country in October 2006, reportedly for economic reasons.,[19][20][21]
  3. Russian Federation: In September 2008, Russia's only BPL provider Electro-com ended deployments in Moscow for economic reasons.[22]
  4. Spain: In May 2007 Iberdrola and Endesa (the main power companies in Spain) ended their projects to deploy PLC.[23]
  5. United States: As of July 2010, the City of Manassas, VA has shut down their BPL deployment, which was the largest in the country.[24]

As of April 2007, Motorola has shuttered its Powerline LV Access BPL and reportedly plans to re-purpose the technology to a new system called Powerline MU,[25] which is for use within multiple-unit dwellings. Motorola's system uses only residential-side low-voltage power lines for transmission to reduce the antenna effect, and successfully demonstrated frequency-notching for reduced potential for interference over the Amperion Inc. and Current Technologies LLC systems. Motorola invited the American Radio Relay League to participate with these tests,[26] and even installed the Motorola system at their headquarters. Preliminary results were very positive with regard to interference, because the Motorola system does not use BPL on the powerlines leading up to the neighborhood. The BPL carrier is only used for the last leg of the trip from the pole to the house, and gets the signal to the pole via radio. This limits the interference to the area surrounding the last leg to the house.

Dismantled pilot projects[edit]

The following other BPL trials in the US are dismantled as of May 2008:[27]

Location Electric provider Equipment
AL, Hoover (and other cities) Southern Company Various
AZ, Cottonwood Arizona Power Systems (APS) Mitsubishi
CA, Menlo Park Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)
CA, Rosemead Southern California Edison (SCE) Current Technologies
CA, San Diego San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) Various
CT, Shelton United Illuminating Amperion
FL, Graceville West Florida Electric Cooperative Ascom
FL, Miami Florida Power and Light Amperion and
GA, Douglasville Greystone Power Mitsubishi
GA, Young Harris The Sphigler Group
HI, Honolulu Honolulu Electric Company Current Technologies
IA, Cedar Rapids Alliant Energy Amperion
ID, Boise IDACorp Various
IN, Liberty Whitewater RMEMC Corinex
MD, Hughesville Southern Maryland Electric Company Current Technologies
MD, Potomac PEPCO Current Technologies
MN, Rochester Rochester Public Utilities
MO, Lees Summit Aquila Amperion
NC, Raleigh Progress Energy Amperion
OH, Cincinnati Duke Energy Current Technologies
NY, Penn Yan Penn Yan Power and Light Amperion
PA, Allentown Pennsylvania Power and Light and Amperion
TN, Fayetteville Fayetteville Public Utilities Grid Stream
TX, Dallas Oncor Electric Delivery Company Current
TX, Austin Austin Electric Energy Corinex
TX, Flatonia Broadband Horizons Unknown
TX, Weimar Fayette Electric Cooperative PowerWan
VA, Roanoke American Electric Power Mitsubishi
WA, Wenatchee Heights, Chelan County PUD Gridstream


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