BPL Global, a smart grid technology company dedicated to leading the transformation of energy and information delivery, has signed a contract with COPEL Telecomunicacoes in Brazil to deploy broadband over power lines (BPL) technology in the state of Parana. As a result of the tie-up COPEL plans to offer high speed internet access over the existing electrical infrastructure to thousands of customers living in the region. In a press statement the pair said the new network would go live in four months and provide broadband services such as VoIP, broadband internet and video surveillance to COPEL’s end users. The project includes installation, integration and testing, and operation of BPL equipment and power line communications (PLC) systems. 300 customers are expected to participate in trials of the new service by the end of 2008. A second citywide deployment is designed to attract 3,000 to 10,000 customers, while a large scale deployment is expected to provide full coverage of the company’s 3.5 million customers.