Global - Utilities - Powerline - Technology


This report provides an introduction to broadband powerline communications systems and the potential issues relating to their widespread use. It examines the current status of technology development and reports on the regulatory arrangements and standards currently in place and being developed to cope with the issues raised by the use of these systems. I would like to acknowledge the ACA for allowing me to use some of their research information. This report was archived in 2005. Details of the powerline technology can be found in the Technology section, see Technology - Infrastructure - Last Mile 9a - BPL Standards & Competing Technologies.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Related reports
  • 3. Broadband powerline communications systems
    • 3.1 The new PLC offers more
  • 4. Technology
    • 4.1 Introduction to Powerline comms
    • 4.2 Technology problems
    • 4.3 Different technologies
    • 4.4 The wiring
    • 4.5 The devices
  • 5. Applications
    • 5.1 In-house applications
    • 5.2 Last-mile applications
  • 6. Mains power supply networks
  • 7. Issues
    • 7.1 Compatibility issues
    • 7.2 Telecommunications issues
    • 7.3 Radiocommunications issues
  • 8. Major suppliers
  • 9. Standards and regulations
    • 9.1 Powerline Broadband Standards
    • 9.2 Lack of uniform regulation
    • 9.3 EMI issues
    • Exhibit 1 – Terminology
    • Exhibit 2 – Last mile broadband powerline

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Status Archived

Last updated 8 Jan 2004
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Analyst: Kylie Wansink

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