2 Feb 2005
The hum in overhead Australian powerlines isn't just electricity whizzing around the grid — in a few places, it's also super-high-speed internet connections.
The Australian Communications Authority (ACA) is getting down to the nitty gritty as providers ramp up trials of the technology, which allows high speed internet backbones to be constructed over high voltage and medium voltage powerlines. Switching stations deliver the connections directly into homes, where users access broadband through modems that plug into wall outlets.
On 21 January, the ACA announced that it had set up a broadband over powerline (BPL) information portal to “provide background information on BPL technology and the interim arrangements for trialling it in Australia. It will also carry details of trials that are already underway here in Australia.”
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