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Broadband over Power Lines’ trial to start soon in Johannesburg

By Cara Christian, MyADSL, 6 September 2005

Citi Power is close to launching their first Broadband over Power Lines (BPL) pilot in Alexandria.
 

This trial is a Citi Power project, but forms part of the larger Citi of Johannesburg Broadband Strategy. Teddy L Naidoo, Telecommunications Manager at City Power Johannesburg, informed MyADSL that BPL is only one of the competing technologies that the City of Johannesburg is considering for improving broadband in the region.

The Broadband over Power Lines pilot will involve 183 households in the Alexandria Township North of Johannesburg. The bid for this pilot will be tendered towards the end of September, and testing should commence in late October or November.

While BPL is a relative newcomer to the broadband arena, Naidoo is very confident in the currently available technologies that support this service. City Power has done a basic assessment of the BPL equipment specifications and according to Naidoo it looks very promising.

This is not the only BPL pilot in the pipeline. Tswane is also planning a BPL pilot involving 150 households in the Rooiwal area. While the two BPL projects are not related, one can expect the results to be compared to evaluate the suitability of BPL technologies in the two different regions.

The City of Johannesburg’s Broadband Strategy will most likely involve a combination of technologies, including wired and wireless. With their licensed spectrum, PSTN license in hand and a fair amount of fiber in the ground they certainly have many choices available to them.

Other municipalities are likely to follow suit, especially if ICASA’s response is favourable towards the Knysna-Uninet WiFi rollout.

  

 

 

  

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