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IEEE publishes Broadband over Power Line standard

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest professional association advancing technology for humanity, has published IEEE 1901 Broadband over Power Line (BPL) standard finalized in December 2010. A global standard such as IEEE 1901 is expected to support faster adoption of BPL in India.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest professional association advancing technology for humanity, has published IEEE 1901 Broadband over Power Line (BPL) standard finalized in December 2010. A global standard such as IEEE 1901 is expected to support faster adoption of BPL in India.

At present, broadband connection has a speed of 100 MBPS, but broadband over standard AC power lines promises 200 MBPS and an easy-to-use connection within 30 minutes. Apart from consumer-based advantages, BPL can also be used by power companies to solve their problems in the line with communication signals flowing over power signals.

For the fast growing Indian market, BPL technology will enable access to affordable communication to the country’s vast rural network. Despite India’s power grid being not as advanced as developed countries, BPL is likely to make an impact as its benefits far outweigh its drawbacks. Corporate India could quickly embrace BPL because of its inherent advantages over Ethernet.

IIT Allahabad has successfully tested BPL. Jamia Milia Islamia used the BPL to capture hairline differences in track and field events, that would decide the winner, during the Commonwealth Games 2010. Delhi Technological University has submitted a research on BPL to the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology and a pilot project in ‘Alipur’ was successful.

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