Broadband-Over-Powerline Service Rides Into Texas - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Infrastructure

Broadband-Over-Powerline Service Rides Into Texas

The service, called Smart Grid, will be offered next year to some 2 million homes and businesses in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area and some other communities.

Nascent broadband-over-powerline (BPL) technology is scheduled to get an ambitious deployment across a broad swath of Texas, according to an announcement Monday by Current Communications Group and TXU Electric Delivery. The firms said the service will be offered to two million homes and businesses in 2006.

Current is a pioneer in BPL, having teamed up with electric power firm Cinergy Corp. to test BPL in Ohio. Among the investors in Current is Google, which has moved in recent months to offer broadband services of its own.

"We are immensely pleased to be working with an industry leader such as TXU," said William H. Berkman, chairman and co-founder of Current, in a statement. "This agreement is a milestone for Current as well as for BPL and illustrates the economic advantages of driving multiple applications across a single large-scale network deployment."

The Berkman family has extensive experience in wireless technologies, having provided early funding for fixed wireless provider Teligent before it crashed into bankruptcy.

Current's deal with TXU calls for the utility firm to sign a 10-year $150 million contract for usage of Current technology to provide real-time monitoring over the power grid. In the announcement, the firms said the PBL service will increase network reliability and power quality, manage customer outages more effectively and improve meter reading.

"Current's BPL solution is critical to our mission to dramatically improve the way we deliver electricity," said Tom Baker, TXU Electric Delivery Chairman and CEO, in a statement. "BPL will enable us to respond more quickly and efficiently to outages of all magnitudes, manage our distribution network more proactively, and further safeguard our dispersed critical assets in today's heightened security environment."

The service, called Smart Grid, will be designed, built, and operated by Current. It will be offered to some 2 million homes and businesses in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area and some other communities.

BPL service has been offered in fits and starts in North America for several months. In October the first citywide BPL service was introduced by Communications Technologies (COMtek) in Manassas, Va.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Commentary
CIOs Face Decisions on Remote Work for Post-Pandemic Future
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  2/19/2021
Slideshows
11 Ways DevOps Is Evolving
Lisa Morgan, Freelance Writer,  2/18/2021
News
CRM Trends 2021: How the Pandemic Altered Customer Behavior Forever
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  2/18/2021
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
The State of Cloud Computing - Fall 2020
The State of Cloud Computing - Fall 2020
Download this report to compare how cloud usage and spending patterns have changed in 2020, and how respondents think they'll evolve over the next two years.
Video
Current Issue
2021 Top Enterprise IT Trends
We've identified the key trends that are poised to impact the IT landscape in 2021. Find out why they're important and how they will affect you.
Slideshows
Flash Poll