Power utility to test PLC technology

22 Nov 2006

Brazilian power utility Copel has announced plans to start testing power line communications (PLC) technology in its home state of Paraná with an investment of nearly BRL8 million (USD3.7 million), writes BNamericas citing local news site TI Inside. The company expects to begin tests of PLC later this month and will work through a unit called Copel Telecomunicações, with the aim of implementing the technology to all of the state by 2008. Copel says that while the power grid is ready to be used, additional studies need to be conducted before it can launch PLC on a ‘massive’ scale. The company plans to offer connectivity to licensed telecoms operators that may be seeking alternative forms of access for their clients.