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Monday, February 02, 2004


BPL trials in Fiji, New Zealand

New Zealand e-news site Stuff reports the Fiji Electric Authority will conduct a trial of BPL (broadband over power line) technology on the main island of Viti Levu:
"The Fiji Electricity Authority is set to trial delivering broadband internet services over its power lines following the conclusion of a technical feasibility study. German firm Bender Information and Systemtechnology is consulting on the project. FEA supply chain manager Brian Hardacre says the country's power lines proved good data carriers, with little interference."

The same article notes that New Zealand utility Vector is also conducting a trial of the technology but wants to see the price of BPL equipment come down before deploying the technology widely.


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