BPL News from Australia

BPL News from Australia

Post by Stephen Newly » Sun, 21 Nov 2004 15:39:47

From WIA News 21 November 2004


 There are strong indications that the introduction of broadband over
 powerlines, BPL, is  getting closer in Australia. The technology could be
 available to consumers in Tasmania within a few months, and two companies
 are trialling it in New South Wales. With the  very latest, here is
 Jim Linton VK3PC.

 Tasmania's electricity distribution and retail company, Aurora Energy has
 announced it will have a major commercial trial of BPL by mid-2005.

 It has hailed as a success Australia's first pilot trial of the technology
 conducted in May  this year that involved four houses and part of the
 company's office building in Hobart.

 In its annual report, Aurora Energy claims very competitive Internet data
 rates for the  technology accessed via power points when compared to that
 available through the telecommunications network.

 Meanwhile an industry newsletter reports that another company, Energy
 Australia, ran a  BPL trial in Newcastle, making it Australia's second
 serious trial of the technology.

 A third power company, Country Energy is expected to run a trial in
 Queanbeyan, near  Canberra, before the end of this month.

 The power industry believes that BPL is ready and now only awaits a
 by the Australian Communications Authority.

 The ACA's current review of its "Regulatory Philosophy and Compliance
 and  recent work through the Radio Consultative Committee, are all moving
 towards an  announcement on Australia's regulatory approach to BPL.

 This has been Jim Linton VK3PC for WIA National News.

 In breaking news, WIA's Phil Wait VK2DKN and Barry White 2AAB  were invited
 to a demonstration of that BPL technology in Queanbeyan Thursday.

 A three person team from the UK Open University (Power Line Communications
 Group) lead by Professor John Newbury discussed the development of
 international standards and stressed the variability of the power network,
 the importance of measuring the interference risks, and the need for
 developing technologies which allow a range of solutions to different field
 situations. In particular they stressed the variations in the power
 distribution network, the interference issue, and the signal attenuation
 variation between old and new houses.
 They also mentioned possibility of ionospheric propagation.

 The equipment used in the test saw levels of interference is so severe
 (S9 + 50db outside the premises) that filtering or notching out by only
 20 - 30dB will have little effect on reducing its interference potential.

 In Phil Waites opinion it will be hard to see how cooperation and goodwill
 between US amateurs and the BPL industry (as recommended by the FCC) will
 possible as the interference levels are just so high and so widespread.
 Amateur operation in urban areas with BPL access will be impossible.

 The complete WIA report is available at wia.org.au and next week we will
 attempt to have the WIA group who attended the tests give us a "word

*Eliminate Qru, Qrt & Broadband over Power Lines to ragchew!
**Stephen Newlyn, VK5VKA. G'day from the City of Elizabeth, South Australia.
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****Visit my Home Page at http://homepages.ihug.com.au/~vk5vka/index.html


BPL News from Australia

Post by Trev 99 » Sun, 21 Nov 2004 18:06:35

As I posted to the same thread in .amatuer.misc, for those that don't

Well yes, BPL is bad news for us DXer's, maybe good news for the
anti-telstra crowd (most of us).
Although this technolgy is benefincal for internet users, I feel it should
only be allowed with underground services, which, and I'm not sure here,
cut out all/most of the RFI. Sure some people will moan (like they do if
they can't get cable or have to wait until their exchange is ADSL enabled)
but at least it will force the power companies to install underground
services, like they should have 50 years ago. Just my 2 mhz worth :0
Trev Robinson, Canberra