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Friday, January 30, 2004

 

European Union sponsors 20 million euro BPL (broadband over power line) project

The European Union is providing 9 million euros to help fund the first phase of its 'OPERA' (Open PLC European Research Alliance) broadband over power line initiative; others are investing another 11 million euros.
"An international consortium of utilities, technology companies, research institutions and consultants will develop a uniform European Powerline standard. The European Commission's long-term goal is to further develop the broadband market in Europe and to establish Powerline as an additional pillar beside DSL and cable access."


OPERA members include:
  • Advanced Digital Design S. A., Spain
  • Aristoteles University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Ascom Systec AG, Switzerland
  • Auna Telecommunicaiones S.A., Spain
  • Dieseno de Sistemas en Silicios S. A. (DS2), Spain
  • Dimat S. A., Spain
  • Eichhoff GmbH, Germany
  • Electricité de France, France
  • Elsys Design SA, France
  • Endesa Ingeniería de Telecommunicaciones, S. L., Spain
  • Endesa Net Factory, Spain
  • Enel.It S.P.A, Italy
  • Eutelis Consult Italia & Associates SRL, Italy
  • Fundación Robotiker, Spain
  • Iberdrola Ingeniería y Consultoría, Spain
  • Iberdrola, S. A., Spain
  • INESC Inovacao-Instituto de Novas Tecnologias, Portugal
  • Itran Communications Ltd., Israel
  • Linz Strom GmbH, Austria
  • Main.net Communications Ltd., Israel
  • Mitsubishi Electric Information Technology Centre Europe B. V.,
    France
  • MVV Energie AG, Germany
  • ONItelecom, SA, Portugal
  • PLCforum Association, Belgium
  • Power PLUS Communications AG, Germany
  • S Electric Powerline Communications AB, Sweden
  • Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Switzerland
  • Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
  • Telvent Energía y Medio Ambiente, Spain
  • The Open University, Great Britain
  • Unión Fenosa, S. A., Spain
  • University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
  • University of Karlsruhe, Germany
  • University of Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
  • University of Pontificia Comillas, Spain

It's interesting that U.S. BPL companies (or even their European affiliates) are conspicuously absent, while several non-EU companies from Japan and Israel are included.

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