3 Sep 2003
BOISE, IDAHO - IDACOMM, Inc., a subsidiary of IDACORP, Inc. (NYSE: IDA), and Ambient Corporation (OTC BB: ABTG) today jointly announced a memorandum of understanding to initiate in early September a pilot test of Broadband over Power Line (BPL) technology at up to 100 residential and commercial locations in Boise, Idaho.
Ambient's technology is designed to facilitate the transmission of data over medium-voltage and low-voltage power lines directly to the end-user's computer. IDACOMM's BPL service will provide broadband Internet access to the power outlets in the home or business participating in the pilot program.
IDACOMM is planning the most complete and sophisticated pilot test of an end-to-end broadband solution conducted to date, according to Matt Collins, IDACOMM's director of BPL deployment. The pilot test will include many aspects of a complete broadband offering not normally associated with BPL technology tests, including subscriber authentication, bandwidth monitoring and control, and advanced services such as video streaming and VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol).
“The combination of Ambient's technology and IDACOMM's backoffice systems will create a best-of-breed broadband solution for our subscribers. We look forward to working with Ambient and their technology throughout the pilot program,” said Chris Britton, president and chief executive officer of IDACOMM.
John J. Joyce, CEO of Ambient Corporation, stated, “Adding IDACOMM to our fast growing group of strategic partners brings us one step closer to realizing and accomplishing our strategic plan of commercial deployment of our Power Line Communications technology.”