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Friday, February 06, 2004

 

United Kingdom: BPL users in Winchester describe their experience with the technology

The Independent has a good article on users' experiences with BPL (broadband over power line) technology during Scottish and Southern's trial deployment in Winchester, England.
"Imagine a world where broadband is available in every room: a broadband connection that's 20 times as fast as standard dial-up. And a home that's already wired in a convenient way without installing a network or relocating telephone and cable outlets. It's all coming true for the people of Winchester, where always-on broadband connections are being made available from their 13-amp sockets ... Here's the secret - Power Line Telecommunications (PLT) or, as we'll call it here, powerline broadband. The concept is simple, but it's taken years to develop. Essentially, the technology carries radio signals along the existing electric cables from a nearby substation - usually within 400 metres - to and from your premises. All you need is a special modem and a spare electrical socket."

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