Skip to main content

Challenges for Broadband over Power Line

The idea of transmitting data over electrical power lines is not new. Trials are in progress worldwide and a variety of equipment is available, but no large-scale deployments have been completed.

Two modes exist: "broadband over power line" (BPL), offering high-speed access via the electrical grid; and data transfer around the home. The latter comes in several regional flavors with different names including HomePlug and the more generic PLC.

Power line communications offer theoretical benefits to some consumers and some providers. But a new study from ABI Research shows that these are still infant technologies facing significant obstacles to success.

Serious bandwidth and radio interference issues remain, and would-be BPL vendors face stiff competition from incumbent DSL and cable networks. In-home PLC presents other challenges. While realistically positioning themselves as collaborators, not competitors to home networking technologies like Wi-Fi and MoCA, PLC developers are split into at least three technical camps.

Popular posts from this blog

Why GenAI Investment will Double in 2024

In 2024, every business can be a technology-driven business. The quest for business technology leadership skills, and digital transformation, will gain new momentum as more organizations seek ways to drive net-new digital growth. Large enterprises will invest more than $19.4 billion worldwide in Generative Artificial Intelligence (GenAI) solutions in 2023, according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC). This spending, which includes GenAI software as well as related infrastructure hardware and IT or business services, is expected to more than double in 2024 and reach $151.1 billion in 2027 -- that's with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 86.1 percent over the 2023-2027 forecast period. Artificial Intelligence Market Development Despite the recent IT headwinds in 2023, business leaders accelerated their exploration of GenAI solutions to help boost their digital business transformation. "In 2024, the shift to AI everywhere will enter a critic