Friday, April 08, 2005

Powerline networking hits 85 Mbps speed

Powerline networking hits 85 Mbps speedIntellon Corporation and Netgear Inc. have partnered to produce a line of networking hardware and software using Intellon's 85 Mbps technology for powerline networking. Powerline networking uses a home or office's electrical wiring as a network connection, eliminating the need for costly rewiring. Netgear has previously made 14 Mbps powerline network cards. Be sure to read the related article, Popular shampoos contain toxic chemicals linked to nerve damage.
The companies will showcase the new technology at CeBIT 2005 in Intellon's stand, located in Hall 14, Stand H13.
Utilizing faster powerline communications, consumers will now be able to enjoy applications requiring higher bandwidth, such as standard definition video distribution, TV over IP (IPTV), Voice over IP (VoIP), multi-room digital video recorder (DVR)
networking and content distribution through media center PCs.
With a maximum transfer rate at 85Mbps over the powerline, consumers can also use the solutions to complement their Wi-Fi networks by sharing audio throughout the house, participating in multiplayer or online gaming, and share higher data-rate
broadband internet access.
"The focus of HomePlug is moving beyond just data sharing to include multimedia networking," said Kartik Gada, NETGEAR product line manager.
"The home networking market is witnessing a trend in the growing need among consumers to connect multiple digital entertainment devices to create that ideal digital home," said Ron Glibbery, president of Intellon.

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

DS2 Hypes Powerline for IPTV

DS2 Hypes Powerline for IPTV
STOCKHOLM -- Speaking at the IPTV World Triple Play Forum, Victor Dominguez, DS2's Director of Strategy and Standardization, outlined the reasons why DS2's 200Mbps powerline solution is the only regulatory complaint technology available to transmit high quality digital TV signals around the home.
Dominguez was dismissive about claimed alternatives to DS2... "Alternatives lack the main features required for operator deployment such as multi-cast which is required to interface with IPTV infrastructure, as well as programmable EMI notching demanded by regulators everywhere from the FCC to the European Commission. DS2's dynamic notching is operator aware and any present or future radio bands can be enabled and disabled remotely thus complying with today's or future regulatory requirements automatically avoiding any radio signals in any part of the world". Mr Dominguez placed special emphasis on the radio friendliness of the system.
Operators selecting technologies not specifically designed to comply with the regulatory requirements for powerline AV systems were warned that they could end up regretting their technology choice in the medium term. "What concerns me about these bolt-on solutions is that they were never designed for AV streaming ", said Mr Dominguez. "Unlike the DS2 time division system, they run on a probabilistic-based quality of service system. The whole network turns into a traffic jam when you add more than a few nodes". While emphasising DS2's advanced support for neighbouring networks, Mr Dominguez added that "this is not an issue for low speed home automation, these solutions are a real problem when operators need to handle multiple overlapping networks in multi-tenant buildings or when networks from neighbours interfere with one another: Its rather like trying to build a GSM network with walkie-talkies, you can show a great demo, but the whole thing falls apart in mass deployment."
On the standards front, Mr Dominguez pointed out that the Universal Powerline Association's (UPA) Digital Home Standard (DHS) for powerline AV networking will be available this summer ensuring the possibility of multi-source regulatory compliant silicon, and he added that "you won't have to wait another 2 years for reference hardware to check your design against".
Design of Systems on Silicon (DS2)

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Broadband over Power Lines Offers Unique Business Models and Niches

Broadband over Power Lines Offers Unique Business Models and NichesBy John L. Guerra - March, 2005

The world knows broadband can be delivered to residential subscribers via DSL or through coaxial cable to a DOCSIS modem. Telecom industry insiders occasionally admit that some people—because they live in remote regions where broadband isn't otherwise available--rely on satellite to get e-mail. Bring up the practice of delivering broadband services and voice over an infrastructure owned and operated by the neighborhood electric company, however, and you'll get the kind of response reserved for discussions about a mentally challenged cousin who's housed somewhere out of state. "We don't deal with that," says a spokesman of a well-known telecom billing vendor. However, broadband over power lines (BPL) is quickly gaining ground as a viable alternative to the other terrestrial delivery platforms. The idea that the same PC power cord one plugs into the wall socket can also deliver the broadband data is far from intuitive, but it works. It works so well, in fact, that a growing segment of BPL providers is grabbing a larger share of the market, primarily in hotels, motels and large apartment complexes, but also a growing number of single-family homes and businesses. The BPL Technology Moving data over electric lines has been around for years; power companies run low-frequency signals across their wires to remotely manage equipment and track power distribution. Telecom equipment manufacturers like Nortel and Siemens began to experiment with sending IP packets over power grids in the 1990s but soon ran into technical issues. The biggest problem was how to keep packets rolling when they encountered highly disruptive banks of transformers on power poles; that problem has been solved by installing a physical coupler that lets the data bypass the transformers and move on down the line. That can also be accomplished by installing Wi-Fi boxes on the poles to send the data signal on to the customer's equipment, when possible, rather than around the transformers. Wi-Fi points on the network, however, can create bottlenecks. Data flow comes off medium-voltage lines at 18-24 Mbps; most Wi-Fi equipment is only capable of 2 Mbps, which creates the chokepoints. Network engineers hope that newer variations of 802.11G under development will solve that problem. Other issues, such as the interference of BPL signals with ham radio operators and other users of the low-frequency spectrum, were recently addressed by the FCC in a set of guidelines. Other regulatory issues surrounding BPL aren't going to be solved so easily. The emergence of BPL is becoming more evident each month. Companies like Amperion, Telkonet, Current Communications, and Fonix lead the way in implementations around the country. Energy company Synergy and BPL provider Current Communications rolled out high-speed service to some 60,000 utility customers in the Cincinnati area. Current's business plan offers three different speed tiers of 1 Mbps for $29.95 a month; 2 Mbps at $34.95 per month, and 3 Mbps for $39.95 a month. Current and Synergy also announced plans to go after 24 million homes served by smaller municipal and co-op power companies in rural areas neglected by cable and DSL broadband providers., Prospect Street Broadband and the city of Manassas, Va., launched service to an eventual 15,000 residences and businesses in Northern Virginia at the end of 2004. Telkonet, with headquarters in Germantown, Md., recently announced that it had won contracts to install BPL in several of the largest Trump properties in New York City and elsewhere. BPL providers boast of the ease of deploying their service—the infrastructure is already in place in the form of the power grid, and users need only buy and utilize a HomePlug-compliant IP modem at the wall socket. HomePlug is the industry group that sets standards for the plug-and-play BPL wall-socket devices. Numerous Business Models But the responsibility for monitoring network performance and QoS is a bit stickier. That's because BPL offers several business models that are still being worked out, and the job could fall to two or three partners, depending on the arrangement. Power companies, for instance, can lease their poles and lines to third-party BPL providers who install the gateways and routers and act as the ISP; or the BPL provider can lease its equipment to a third-party ISP that provides content. At other times, the utility can be all three: the power company, the BPL provider and the ISP. This raises questions about who's responsible for customer complaints and requires cooperation when running down network problems. Is it a power outage at the electric company, a failure of an upstream BPL router or Wi-Fi component on a pole? That has to be worked out between the utility, the BPL network owner and the ISP. "You have several players in a BPL implementation," says Brett Kilbourne, director of regulatory services and associate counsel for the United Power Line Council (UPLC), a consortium of BPL providers, ISPs, utility companies and municipalities involved in the BPL industry. "You've got utility companies that own the power grid that build their own BPL networks and act as the general contractor for the ISP that wants to launch BPL service—the market development model," Kilbourne says. "Then you have ISPs that go out and buy the BPL equipment and rely on the utility to mount it, then pay the utility for use of its infrastructure—a sort of landlord model." In Manassas, Communications Technologies Inc. (ComTek) of Chantilly, Va., runs a BPL network constructed of equipment and network know-how from, while the town of Manassas supplies the power grid. ComTek runs the ISP, handles customer service and takes part in a revenue sharing agreement with the utility. charges Manassas for building the network as well as further repairs and maintenance of the network. Meanwhile, in Evergreen, Colo.,, in partnership with a company called Hometown Connections, will shop BPL systems to member utilities of the American Public Power Association (APPA). Members get a group rate. can match them with ISPs or leave it up to the utilities to make their own arrangements. Another variation is Current Communications, a company that "was created to enter the BPL business," says Jay Birnbaum, vice president of Current. The company's founding employees hail from familiar corporate edifices in telecom, including Hughes Network Systems, Teligent, Global Crossing, Choice One, and CLECs such as Frontier. Primarily begun as a developer of BPL equipment, Current is also an ISP; it plans to roll out VoIP commercially in the first half of 2005. "Current is the ISP as well as the developer of the network pipe," Birnbaum says. "We design and build out the physical infrastructure, then provide the services to the end-user," Birnbaum says. Who Handles Network Monitoring? Each business arrangement has a unique network management setup—power companies are responsible for their portion of the network, the power grid, while the BPL network engineers or the ISP have the job of maintaining the health of the telecom network. Power companies are usually blessed with good communications systems. Right now, by and large the utilities have a lot of fiber connectivity, primarily for critical infrastructure communications and monitoring the substations. Power companies use them for voice, too. "There are highly reliable circuits, running back and forth along their power grid, telling network managers in a moment's notice what the problems are before a blackout occurs," Kilbourne says. Current's NOC is in Germantown, Md., and relies on its custom-built network monitoring system called CT View. By measuring radio frequency levels within its BPL network, Current can determine whether its equipment is malfunctioning when network troubles occur. If the equipment is working properly, Current notifies the power company that the electric grid may be having problems. "We have a state-of-the-art network operation center; we can actually see down into the customer's modem," Birnbaum says. "We know if the BPL components are not affected, there must be something wrong upstream of that and that it's on the power grid." If Current engineers can't see into the modem, it indicates a problem with Current equipment. Using CT View, the company measures traffic flow to spot bottlenecks or look for jitter or dropped packets—traditional QoS determinants. Birnbaum says power companies are slow to learn of power outages on their own. "The only way the power company knows [there's a power outage] is when its customers call in. And how do they know when the power comes back on, if no one has called them to let them know? They have to wait around for the sun to set and see which lights come on. It's an expensive proposition to keep those trucks and line personnel waiting around idle while on the clock. Right now it's more of a manual process." Birnbaum's interpretation of a power company's abilities aside, it's true that BPL providers can help power companies get to problem points faster. Pinpointing problems on large power grids often requires "windshield time," a tongue-in-cheek term for driving around in a bucket truck looking up at power poles to spot burst switches or burnt wires indicating a downed network. By working closely with BPL providers, "devices such as automatic alarms on the BPL equipment or the power grid side eliminate the need for a phone call to alert the power company," Birnbaum says. "We monitor our network and in doing so the corresponding portions of the utility network. Some utility network attributes are measured directly, like the voltage at a given location. Others are derived by what happens to our network components, such as outage information." Kilbourne of the UPLC agrees. "With BPL [monitoring] you can see where that outage has occurred and when it occurred," he says. "The other neat thing, because BPL uses the wire itself, you can predict outages before they happen, because you notice variations in the power signal—clear signs that a failure is about to occur." OSS and Inventory The traditional functions of the back office are taken care of in traditional ways; Current's back office, for instance, is located in Rochester, N.Y., and staff can handle preordering, ordering, provisioning, and trouble-ticketing via phone or online. It plans to sell VoIP as well as the usual value-adds such as three-way calling, conference calling and caller ID. Enterprise customers can order and provision additional bandwidth for specific dates and times for Webinars or other online streaming communications. BPL delivery is a last-mile service; that is, transport of Internet content as well as internal OSS functions occur on traditional fiber or T-1 lines as close to the customer as possible and are then moved onto the BPL platform. It makes technical sense, too, in that you don't want to have too many repeaters between the T-1 data interface and the customer farther down the row of utility poles. In other words, provisioning and traffic flow decisions are made before the traffic hits the power line layer. "We have all the OSS capabilities," Birnbaum says, "but it's not attached on points along the power line system; we use traditional, automated communications on a network separate from that. We perform full QoS management and have upgraded our network for QoS prioritization of voice traffic. Everything in the back office is done normally." When a BPL signal interferes with other low-frequency electronic devices in a neighborhood or office building—such as garage door openers, ham radio operators and even CD players—finding the owner of that equipment becomes important. To that end, the BPL industry and the FCC are working on a database that lists each installed BPL device, unit or box on a given pole in each state of the union. That way, engineers who come across questionable BPL equipment can key in a ZIP code, building address or other identifying information, and learn the name and address of the company that owns the equipment. "It would include information such as the set of frequencies the devices use and the name and phone number of a contact at the BPL provider," Kilbourne says. Birnbaum at Current underscores his point that his company's network devices don't operate in the spectrum that interferes with ham radios or other devices. "Current has chosen a system that precludes us from using any frequency that's been allocated to ham radios. None of the frequencies are in the ham and amateur radio bands," he says. "The radio frequency that leaks off the wires won't include any ham radio frequencies." In addition, "As to QoS, the utility network has no effect on the voice or data packets," he says. "Our traffic runs at different frequencies than the 60 hertz on which electricity travels." Managing Multi-Unit Residences Telkonet doesn't consider itself a BPL provider, says Al Diehl, executive vice president of sales engineering for vertical markets. The company is a builder of commercial power line networks, a power line communications (PLC) provider. Those who manage those power line communications networks provide the BPL service to third-party ISPs. The difference in definitions is important when it comes to educating customers about the partners' roles. Telkonet's market consists chiefly of hotels, motels, apartments, condominiums and other multiple-dwelling units (MDUs) that install PLC networks. Its installations make a lot of sense to apartment management companies, Diehl says, because every wall socket throughout the large apartment buildings becomes a data port, whether the power socket is in the building's atrium, lobby or poolside—which gives residents almost the same flexibility as a Wi-Fi network, but with the security of a wireline data connection. Telkonet's installations consist of three main elements, Diehl says.
"Our PLC gateway is the control center that can support up to 1,024 users; each of those users' connections is isolated and encrypted."
The second component is a coupler device that's connected to the gateway via coaxial cable connection in a building's power cage, usually in an electric closet or basement. The coupler consists of four electrical wires attached to the meter bank or breaker panels of a commercial building; once hooked in, "every electrical outlet serviced by that meter bank or breaker panel becomes the equivalent of a data port," Diehl says. "The building is ready to go."
The end-user gets a HomePlug-compliant wall-socket modem resembling a fancy power cord plug. Telkonet's version of HomePlug is called Intelligent Bridge, or iBridge for short. "At the front side of the iBridge is an Ethernet connection," Diehl says. The end-user simply plugs the adapter into the wall and the Ethernet cable on the other end into the PC or other IP enabled device, and it's good to go. "The user is able to move from outlet to outlet within the building (apartment), outside on their balcony, or poolside or common area plugged into the power," Diehl says. Doing Business with MDUs Telkonet is earning Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) certification so it can compete for federal contracts—it's eyeing the Navy, for instance, where it wants to install its technology aboard ships having only a few Internet hookups for thousands of sailors. ("There's a digital divide on aircraft carriers," Diehl says. "While officers have their own Internet access, sailors have to wait in line for hours for access to a few Internet stations.") The 5-year-old company has been successful in the hospitality industry, including among its customers such hotel chains as Choice Hotels, Historic Hotels of America, Best Value Hotels and Hospitality International, a group of 150 hotels in 38 states, including Alaska and Hawaii. Telkonet also installs its BPL networks in the Sandman Group of hotels in Western Canada. Not only that, but Telkonet has grabbed a healthy portion of the apartment business—some "35 apartment communities," Diehl says. In Bethesda, Md., for instance, the Whitney apartments, made up of old and new buildings, are already served by Comcast and Verizon, but the apartment managers wanted to give residents a third choice for Internet access and considered BPL to be that alternative, he says. In early January, MST—Telkonet's ISP partner in New York City—won contracts to deploy PLC/BPL technology in the Trump organization's buildings in New York, including the Trump Place along the Hudson River, Trump International and Trump Plaza in Manhattan. MST, which brands its services as New Vision Broadband, is marketed to new residents as they move into the exclusive addresses. "As residents move in," Diehl says, "iBridge is distributed with the welcome pack when each new resident enters his apartment." The resident goes up to his new apartment, fills out the application for the BPL service, and can immediately plug the iBridge device into any outlet and get online, Diehl says. "There's instant gratification," he says, "as opposed to cable and other ISPs, where you have to wait for the cable modem to be shipped." Billing with Third Partners The billing relationship between Telkonet and hotel chains is based on the number of rooms—each is considered a "subscription" regardless of who's in the room. "We provide the backbone; the hotel pays for installation and the use of a licensed electrician—which is required by law," Diehl says. "After that we charge a monthly, per-property subscription fee to the hotel." As for getting the Internet to the hotels for conversion to the BPL system, most hotels already have some form of broadband connectivity, often a T-1 for their reservation systems and other communications between the chain's corporate offices and individual hotels. The customer base is nomadic, with some staying a single night up to a week in the case of hotel rooms. BPL service is automatically available as a room amenity; that is, it's accounted for in the hotel chain's existing billing system for booking rooms, charging room service and other amenities, based on room number and the customer's credit card information. BPL can be included in the price of the room ("free Internet service"), while the BPL provider charges the motel chain a flat monthly rate based on the number of rooms hooked up in that hotel or throughout the chain. When the motel charges for Internet use, the billing systems used for charging for the Internet are often separate from the hotel's reservation and credit card billing system used during check-in. "When hotels do charge," Diehl says, "they use hotel Internet subscriber management systems such as IP3 and Nomadix for those services." According to Nomadix, its system can converge with a hotel's telephone call accounting programs for tracking long-distance calls from hotel room phones with Internet access billing. In apartment complexes, management companies pay Telkonet for installing the PLC system; the Internet delivery agreement is between the ISP and the resident. "In the case of apartments, ISP providers provide the billing, and almost every solution provider has an online billing system that uses credit card billing," Diehl says. Customer account management is trickier, too, for apartment hookups, he says. Owners of single-family homes might sign long-standing contracts, but apartment residents often move on after a year. Tracking these "nomadic" subscribers, who may or might not pay their final monthly bill, is problematic. "The ISP doesn't have long- term contracts in apartment communities," Diehl says. "They're often offering service on a month-to-month basis." Managing Data in the Hotel Room Telkonet performs its billing manually for the time being, Diehl says, though it has a SalesLogix system on hand that can automatically deduct Internet charges from a subscriber's credit card. The daily or monthly Internet billing is performed by the ISP. As for collecting from hotels for the installation in each room, Telkonet can handle that manually for now, Diehl says. For QoS, Telkonet relies on its NOC. "We can manage any facility from our location, as can our ISP partners," he says. "We can see any iBridge that's connected; we have a GUI interface as part of our system to see into our system all the way into the hotel rooms. We can turn the service off right away if somebody's not paying their bill or if their device is infected with a virus. It comes in handy, especially when a subscriber tries to set up an ISP in his apartment." Great Opportunities Await So far, it seems as if the future of BPL is assured; there are no gray clouds on the horizon. It's just a matter of selling an "off-the-wall" Internet technology to the public and municipalities. It's less expensive for CLECs looking for a way to deliver voice. "Instead of buying the entire loop, they can save a lot of money doing it over the electric grid," says Kilbourne at the UPLC. "You can run data over BPL, you can run voice over BPL, anything." Towns and cities such as Manassas are starting to rely on the power line technology to manage their infrastructure. BPL gives Manassas access to its traffic lights, so it can change traffic flow at different times of the day to avoid backups. Ed Thomas, chief engineer in the FCC's Office of Engineering and Technology, says that BPL technology can be used to control just about anything with a transducer in it. "You can tap into street lamps to light up public areas," he says. "You can install it in train stations, along the power lines that run along the tracks, so people can work on their laptops in the terminals. "Anything that consumes electricity can be given an IP address. Those transducers, when linked to the IP, can do almost anything—from turning on the air conditioning in one's home from a distance, to informing a homeowner that his heating back at home has failed while he's at the office. It can be used to control machinery on a shop floor without a physical LAN. The only thing that's limited is the designer's imagination." All that's required is to convince the unwashed in the telecom industry who remain nonchalant about this much-ignored technology.

Interact-TV and Asoka Team Up to Provide Simple, Reliable Powerline Networking for Telly Home Entertainment Servers

Interact-TV and Asoka Team Up to Provide Simple, Reliable Powerline Networking for Telly Home Entertainment Servers
WESTMINSTER, Colo., March 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Interact-TV(TM) , a leading developer of home entertainment servers, has joined with Asoka(R) USA Corporation, a leading Powerline Communications technology (PLC) developer and manufacturer, to offer HomePlug(R) certified powerline Ethernet networking solutions for Interact-TV's high performance Telly Home Entertainment Servers(TM). Leveraging Asoka's PlugLink(TM) Ethernet Wall Mount, now in a smaller compact size, Interact-TV finds these powerline networking devices ideal for media serving applications in the home. Asoka's PlugLink home networking solutions employ PLC, a network technology that uses existing electrical wiring in a home or office as the conduit for data and voice transmission.
"We are seeing increased demand from consumers who want the benefits of a home entertainment server without the problems that can come from adding new devices to the home network," stated Ken Fuhrman, CEO of Interact-TV. "Interact-TV has selected Asoka for several reasons, including the fact that these powerline networking devices are extremely small, have excellent Quality of Service(QoS), and simplify in-home networking, making Telly installations that much easier."
Telly Home Entertainment Servers allow consumers to easily store, organize, playback and enjoy digital media in their home. Telly servers are compact and quiet, designed for any room in the home and fully scaleable with up to 1.2 Terabytes of Seagate storage. Telly's comprehensive entertainment management features include a personal video recorder and a digital video library which serves everything from stored DVDs to recorded video, home videos, and Internet downloaded videos. The included music library and digital photo library can store entire music and photo collections. Telly digital media libraries can be accessed directly from a TV connected to the Telly unit and shared with networked Telly clients, media adapters, and PCs throughout the home network.
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"We are honored to be selected by Interact-TV and that Interact-TV has selected HomePlug Powerline technology as it's network backbone," said Elsa Chan, Director of Business Development at Asoka USA Corporation. "HomePlug is a simple, secure and reliable network solution that literally turns every outlet in a home into a network access point. It is the ideal plug-n-play home network solution for home entertainment."
Asoka USA Corporation is a leading HomePlug Powerline Network Technology developer and manufacturer of products that use existing electrical wires in a home as the medium for data transmission, thus turning every electrical outlet in a home into a network access point.
Telly Home Entertainment Servers are available directly from the manufacturer's online store at and from a growing network of reseller partners throughout North America.
About Asoka USA Corporation
Dedicated to Making Connectivity Possible(TM), Asoka focuses on technology innovation, industry leadership and a specialization in Powerline Communications (PLC) technology. PLC employs existing electrical wiring of a home or building as the medium for data transmission. Asoka designs, develops, manufactures and provides 'no new wires(TM)' network solutions to individuals and businesses looking for an easy-to-use, cost-effective and reliable way to share and integrate resources. Asoka is a member of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance.
More information about Asoka can be found at
About Interact-TV Inc.
Interact-TV Inc. designs innovative products for a family of sleek home entertainment servers. These products enhance the digital entertainment experience, creating an enjoyable and easy way to get the entertainment you want right when you want it. Headquarters for Interact-TV are in Westminster, Colorado.
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For further information please contact: Diane Walters of Interact-TV Inc., +1-303-657-3133,
Interact-TV Inc.
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Intellon Showcases HomePlug 1.0 and HomePlug AV Applications at The 2005 National Show

Sunday April 3, 9:00 am ET
- World Leader in Powerline Communications Enables Cable Operators to Save Time and Money on Broadband and VoIP Installations and Reliably Distribute Content, Voice and Data with HomePlug-enabled Products
SAN FRANCISCO, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Show -- Intellon Corporation, the world leader in powerline communications, today announced that they are showcasing their HomePlug 1.0 and HomePlug AV technologies at this year's National Show in San Francisco. The demonstrations, which will take place at booth number 5463, will show how cable operators can benefit from using HomePlug products to save time and money on broadband modem, VoIP and home networking installations, extend the range of WiFi, and provide reliable whole-house connectivity for a full complement of data, voice and video services.
Intellon's HomePlug 1.0 and HomePlug AV ICs provide high-speed network access through existing home power lines. As service providers such as Comcast, Cox and Time Warner Cable have already discovered, Intellon's No New Wires® installation process for broadband modems and home networking services is non-intrusive, and connectivity is as simple and intuitive as plugging in a standard electronic product for power. Deploying Intellon-based broadband gateways, network adapters, WiFi range extenders, music streamers, security cameras and set-top boxes, increases the self-install rate for new services and instantly lights up every outlet for broadband, voice and video applications.
At The National Show, Intellon will demonstrate HomePlug-enabled products that cable operators can offer their subscribers today, including Ethernet adapters, WiFi range extenders, surge protectors, digital music streamers and security cameras. Intellon-based products from trusted brands such as Asoka, Gigafast, Linksys, NETGEAR and TII will be included. For the streaming music demonstration, MusicChoice is partnering with Intellon to provide the premium content. Intellon will also demonstrate prototypes of its exciting next-generation HomePlug AV product, the much anticipated global standards-based solution which enables seamless distribution of HD video, coupled with voice and data services, within the home. Intellon's HomePlug AV IC (INT6000) will be released in the fall of 2005.
"Service providers are recognizing that HomePlug technology can increase self-install and enhance subscribers' broadband and VoIP experience," said Cameron McCaskill, vice president of business development, Intellon Corporation. "Our demonstrations at this year's National Show provide real world examples of how service providers can use Intellon's current HomePlug 1.0 products to dramatically reduce the time, complexity and cost of installing broadband, VoIP and networked services. With HomePlug AV, our demonstrations will also show how Intellon is scaling powerline technology to reliably distribute multiple HD video streams around the home. Cable operators realize the importance of a backbone solution for delivering content, and Intellon's HomePlug technology creates an instant backbone with over 40 outlets in the average home."
Intellon developed and patented its HomePlug 1.0 technology, which enables powerline communications at rates up to 14 megabits per second (Mbps) with encryption security, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and Quality of Service (QoS). The company recently introduced a new 85Mbps powerline networking chipset, which is fully compliant with the HomePlug 1.0 specification but uses extensions developed by Intellon to reach higher speeds. The new chipset offers the higher bandwidth performance necessary to drive next-generation home entertainment applications such as standard definition video, IPTV and whole-house audio. In addition, Intellon's next generation HomePlug AV technology will support transmission rates well in excess of 100 Mbps, allowing transmission of multiple audio, standard-definition video and HDTV video streams over powerlines.
About Intellon Corporation
Intellon is the world leader in powerline communications, providing HomePlug® compliant and other powerline integrated circuits for home networking, networked entertainment, BPL access and commercial applications. Intellon created and patented the baseline technology for HomePlug 1.0, and is a major contributor to the baseline technology for the new 200-Mbps HomePlug AV powerline standard. With over two million HomePlug ICs sold, Intellon holds the dominant market share of the rapidly growing HomePlug market. Intellon is a founding sponsor and member of the board of directors of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance. The company was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Ocala, Florida, with offices in San Jose and Toronto.
Intellon is a registered trademark of Intellon Corporation. HomePlug is a registered trademark of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance, Inc.
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Intellon Announces Industry Milestone With First HomePlug Deployment for Broadband Installations

Intellon Announces Industry Milestone With First HomePlug Deployment for Broadband Installations

Comcast, the nation's number one broadband provider, becomes the first to
deploy HomePlug(R) Ethernet adapters to ease installations
SAN FRANCISCO, April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Show -- Intellon
Corporation today announced that Comcast Cable, a division of Comcast
Corporation, has become the first broadband provider to deploy its
Intellon-based HomePlug Ethernet adapters for high-speed data installations.
HomePlug Ethernet adapters use the existing powerlines in the home to
enable any power outlet to become an Ethernet port and can accommodate
features such as Quality of Service (QOS), encryption security, and bandwidth
speeds up to 14 megabits per second (Mbps).
In cases where a coax cable outlet is not close to the PC, installers
generally perform custom installations that can include new wiring. Now,
HomePlug offers a convenient and less time-consuming option for these types of
"Our 2004 trial confirmed that HomePlug adapters are reliable and simple
to install, providing an excellent alternative in older homes, for example,
where broadband installations can be more challenging," said Mitch Bowling,
vice president of operations and technical support for Comcast. "We pride
ourselves on offering our customers the ability to create the broadband
experience that is best for their interests and lifestyle. HomePlug adapters
support our vision by enabling our customers to easily add additional
computers and broadband devices wherever they want throughout their home."
"We are proud that Comcast, the nation's Number One broadband Internet
provider is the first operator to deploy our HomePlug adaptors," said Cameron
McCaskill, vice president of business development for Intellon. "HomePlug
adapters can dramatically reduce the complexity of installing broadband in a
customer's home, and we are delighted to provide another alternative to help
operators save time and increase customer satisfaction."
About Intellon Corporation
Intellon is the world leader in powerline communications, providing
HomePlug(R) compliant and other powerline integrated circuits for home
networking, networked entertainment, BPL access and commercial applications.
Intellon created and patented the baseline technology for HomePlug 1.0, and is
a major contributor to the baseline technology for the new 200-Mbps HomePlug
AV powerline standard. With over two million HomePlug ICs sold, Intellon
holds the dominant market share of the rapidly growing HomePlug market.
Intellon is a founding sponsor and member of the board of directors of the
HomePlug Powerline Alliance. The company was founded in 1989 and is
headquartered in Ocala, Florida, with offices in San Jose and Toronto.
Intellon is a registered trademark of Intellon Corporation. HomePlug is a
registered trademark of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance, Inc.
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Broadband Powerline Communications: Ready for Take-Off

DUBLIN, Ireland, April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of Broadband Powerline Communications: Ready for Take-Off to their offering.
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Power line communications (PLC) has evolved into Broadband Powerline Communications (BPL) that has two primary applications -- broadband access (BPL-Access) and home networking (BPL-Indoor). The report, "Broadband Powerline Communications: Ready for Take-Off," provides an exhaustive look at the BPL marketplace. The report details global BPL deployments, examines emerging BPL devices, and discusses standards and regulation. The report profiles major vendors marketing BPL equipment. The report examines developments in BPL technologies and compares these technologies with other competing solutions. The report provides market sizing and market forecasts for both BPL-Access and BPL-Indoor.
Powerline Communications (PLC) has evolved from the narrowband offerings of yesterday into a broadband pipe known as Broadband Powerline Communications (BPL). The technology has two primary applications -- broadband access (BPL- Access) and home networking (BPL-Indoor).
In the past, PLC had been dubbed as a "technology curiosity for companies with spare cash." This was due to persistent quality problems and absence of backing of major vendors. It was not until the turn of the millennium that the technology turned the corner in the form of BPL. Since then several technology and market trials have addressed the lingering problems with the technology. Telecom Trends International research shows that the technology is now poised to take off.
The following are the findings of the study:
- Every household connected to the power grid can be offered BPL-Access
service by the power utility in partnership with the appropriate vendor.
More than eighty trials and commercial deployments are currently
underway in all the continents.
- BPL has matured to a point where it poses a serious challenge to
entrenched technologies in the realms of both broadband access and home
networking. Since BPL allows the use of existing infrastructure, it
lowers the cost of deployment and allows service providers to offer
competitive pricing.
- BPL-Access offers higher data rates than other widely available
competing alternatives such as DSL and cable modem. Similarly, BPL-
Indoor competes against other home networking technologies, such as Wi-
Fi and HomePNA, and offers several competitive advantages.
- A wide range of innovative BPL-enabled devices are being introduced into
the market. These devices range from broadband gateways, digital media
adapters, personal computers (PCs), and home security monitoring
devices. More than 30 device vendors are competing in this market.
- The HomePlug standard is driving the home networking market. Intellon's
"turbo" solution supports 85 Mb/s, and the upcoming HomePlug AV standard
will support 200 Mb/s. Competing proprietary solutions have been
proposed by DS2, Spidcom, and Panasonic. All these solutions support
Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) and triple-play applications --
data, voice and video.
- There is no BPL-Access standard, but several proprietary standards with
unique capabilities are being offered. DS2's 205 Mb/s technology, which
enjoys the support of most of the BPL-Access vendors, has been chosen as
the baseline technology by the OPERA consortium. The HomePlug standard
is being enhanced to support BPL-Access, creating the prospect of
multiple competing standards.
- Vendors involved in BPL range from start-ups to established players such
as Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Siemens, Sharp, and Samsung. Additional major
vendors will get involved in BPL in the coming months.
- Service providers involved in BPL range from telephone operators
(BellSouth, France Telecom), cable companies (Comcast, Cox), satellite
services providers (Hughes, EchoStar), and fixed wireless access
- Those deploying BPL-Indoor solutions include schools, hotels, and multi-
dwelling units (MDUs) and multi-tenant units (MTUs). In addition, there
have been several of deployments in residential neighborhoods.
The report forecasts BPL-Access subscribers and service revenue for the next seven years. The forecasts are broken down by the major regions -- Asia-Pacific, Europe, Africa/Middle East, Latin America, and North America.
It has been estimated that the BPL-Access services market generated $57.1 million in revenue in 2004. Figure 1 shows a breakdown of BPL-Access service revenue by major regions. Over a seven year period, the revenue will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 86 percent.
BPL-Indoor Forecasts
The report forecasts BPL-Indoor devices and vendor revenue for the next seven years. The forecasts are broken down by the major regions -- Asia-Pacific, Europe, Africa/Middle East, Latin America, and North America.
In 2004, BPL-Indoor devices generated revenue of $78.8 million in sales. Figure 2 shows a breakdown of BPL-Indoor vendor revenue by major regions. Over the next seven years, the revenue will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 83 percent.
1.4 Report Highlights
The report carries out a global review of BPL from both access infrastructure and from end-user devices perspectives. The report covers technological and marketplace developments, and discusses standardization and regulatory activity.
For BPL-Indoor, the report covers products, applications and markets. Besides providing market forecasts for device sales and revenues, the report discusses growth factors, and covers competing technologies.
For BPL-Access, the report covers technical challenges and business models. Besides market forecasts for subscribers and service revenue, the report discusses market drivers and inhibiters. The report also discusses competing technologies.
The contents of this report are as follows:
1. Executive Summary 11
2 Scope and Methodology 14
3.0 Introduction to Powerline Communications 16
4 BPL Technologies 21
4.1 BPL-Indoor 21
5 BPL-Indoor: Products and Competing Technologies 27
6 BPL-Indoor Markets and Channels 33
6.1 Direct Consumer Sales Channels 33
7 BPL-Access Architecture and Competing Technologies 40
8 BPL-Access Deployments 44
9. Market Forecasts 57
10 Vendor Profiles 67
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