EC charges towards powerline Internet access
To help develop the next generation of powerline technology – using national electricity grids to carry broadband access – the European Commission is spending €9.6 million.
The Open PLC European Research Alliance (Opera) will use the funding to rollout and to test how well the low-cost internet access works for high data rate applications such as telephony and video-on-demand.
Opera now uses specifications based on Spanish chipmaker DS2, who said the funding is a major step forward for powerline communications. ‘The level of industry cooperation and support has been overwhelming, allowing OPERA to produce a specification that meets the requirements imposed by global electricity companies,’ said Victor Dominguez, director of strategy and standardisation at DS2.
The specification is designed to be compatible with non-Opera technology, allowing for a smoother mass rollout in the long run.