Power company begins tests of PLC-based internet services in São Paulo

9 Jan 2007

Brazilian power distributor Eletropaulo plans to begin testing broadband internet services in São Paulo over its electric power network, writes BNamericas citing local newspaper Gazeta Mercantil. Eletropaulo has been testing power line communication (PLC) in laboratories for three years, the newspaper added. Although the utility firm has had access to PLC technology for more than a decade, it says it is only now becoming economically viable to offer it to residential users. Eletropaulo’s PLC tests hope to deliver transmission speeds of up to 200Mbps, compared with 45Mbps three years ago, and significantly higher than the maximum rates offered by competing ADSL services.