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Monday, February 23, 2004


Spain: Endesa offering BPL in Barcelona, Saragossa

Spanish power utility Endesa is introducing BPL (broadband over power line) in Barcelona:
"Endesa announces that after the successful commercial launch in
Saragossa, Endesa Net Factory and AUNA starts the commercialization of PLC
services in Barcelona, that enables to offer voice and broadband
telecommunication services through low and medium voltage electricity network.

The deployment of the PLC network in Barcelona, made jointly with Fecsa-Endesa,
started last December and covers, in this first phase, around 5,000 households."

"The commercial deployment in Zaragoza has confirmed not only the technical
viability of the PLC technology, but also the commercial satisfaction by the
users. The commercial penetration in the deployment area has reached a 19% rate.
Users mostly contracted simultaneously broadband Internet and telephony


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