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Monday, February 09, 2004


New Zealand: "Vector winds down data over power line trial"

This seems like a glum day for BPL news ... in New Zealand:
"A trial in Auckland to run communications links over power lines has failed to produce commercial results and is being wound down. The trial was started by UnitedNetworks and continued by Vector after its takeover of United. 'We still have some customers connected on a trial basis but haven't been able to get anything commercially viable,' says Maxine Elliott, general manager of Tangent, Vector's networking branch. 'We can't get enough distance and the equipment is a bit expensive.'"

This is the first I've heard of a utility talking about poor BPL economics and distance performance; I wonder if Vector was using a different vendor from the ones U.S. utilities have been working with. I have not seen much overlap (other than between the vendors active in North America and those in other parts of the world.

The article notes that another New Zealand utility, Buller Electricity, has also been conducting a BPL trial.

Tangent reports their fibre network is working well; the parent utility is considering offering bundled gas, power and broadband services.


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