Brazilian power utility Copel plans to launch pilot trials of broadband over power line (BPL) services before the end of 2007, reports Computerworld citing Copel’s telecoms consultant Orlando Cesar. The pilot will include some 300 clients in the southern state of Parana and will offer broadband internet access at speeds of up to 100Mbps. The Copel official said the move to BPL was a logical step to optimise the company’s fibre-optic backbone, which covers a significant part of the state. Cesar also told BNamericas that he expects to increase the trial to 3,000 clients by the end of 2008 and will extend the pilot to other parts of Parana if the trial goes well. ‘At the end of 2008 we will develop a business plan to decide if the company will make the necessary investments to make the service more widespread,’ he said.