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Reporting major progress from the BPL industry. Sam Spencer Editor, BPL Today Presented to EduCause May 16, Crystal City, Va.

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Reporting major progress from the BPL industry

Sam Spencer

Editor, BPL Today

Presented to EduCause

May 16, Crystal City, Va

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BPL Today is:•A weekly trade newsletter published electronically in Washington, DC and delivered worldwide• The only professional news publication dedicated solely to the global BPL industry• Focused on the three end-user segments of the BPL industry: utility broadband access, MDU/MTU and in-home networking • Subscribers are BPL silicon and hardware makers, electric utility industry, integrators and operators and many with an interest in the future of the technology

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BPL is:• A technology that uses existing power lines to transmit high-speed internet data• Used worldwide to network broadband in utility power grids, MDU/MTU buildings and in homes• Tested, fast (200 mbps), more secure than wireless, more robust than wireless

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Utility Access:• Used by a growing number of power utilities in the US and on every continent to deliver broadband access to customers• Utilities use as network for “smart grid” for reliability, energy efficiency and energy management = environmental benefits• Committed deployments for broadband: TXU (Oncor), Consumers Energy, Duquesne Light, at least 4 or more munis and 16 co-ops• Serious commitments to use or trial smart grid-only BPL: CenterPoint Energy, NYSEG/Rochester Gas & Electric • Serious 200 mbps trials: ConEd, Duke Energy (& Cinergy), FirstEnergy, Entergy, NationalGrid, plus Austin Municipal• Utilities on every continent using for broadband and smart grid

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In Home:• Millions of devices deployed worldwide• Telecom giants – especially in Europe -- using to network IPTV through homes• Sony, Panasonic, Sharp, RadioShack and dozens more on record saying BPL is only secure robust in-home network technology for IPTV• Netgear, D-Link, Linksys, Devolo and many more are in BPL market competing now – go check your BestBuy

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MDU/MTU:• A US government agency associated with Dept of Defense began installing this week to ultimately connect 30 offices • Hundreds of hotels switching to BPL• US Navy approved for all Marine and Navy networks of 90 or fewer computers, US Fed Gov approval is soon• Landlords/network installers swear BPL is easiest, most affordable and fastest-to-deploy network

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Who’s doing MDU BPL?• Telkonet supplies Trump, Navy, QEII, 200 UK Best Western motels, many more• First Communications/Ameren in Chicago• EarthLink doing trial in DC• Motorola switched focus from access BPL to MDU• River City Internet deploying in St Louis• CinemaWorks/3One serving 40+ hotels• PLC Network Solutions at various hotels worldwide• ANew Broadband in Miami, Latin America• CiberSuite in Spain and UK• Elektrolinks in Canada• Spain’s N2S did historic “tall ship”• Many more throughout Asia (21 mil China) & globally

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Why?• It’s literally plug-n-play• It’s very high security since each device is provisioned and approved by the system• It’s robust, completely filling one or more floors per single insertion• Ubiquitous – avg. 1 outlet every 6’ in new US bldgs.• Supports WiFi and extends fiber/DSL/cable/WiMax• Has QoS for VOIP and IPTV including HDTV• Supports growing list of building applications: HVAC monitoring/ctrl, energy management, digital signage, customer information and automation portals, lighting control, video surveillance, door entry control, etc.

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“This can save service providers and their customers time and money by leveraging existing assets.”Thomas Hulsebosch, MotorolaOn Motorola’s Powerline MU BPL productBPL Today, Sept 12, 2006

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“We’ve used every type of network available.  We saw BPL as our holy grail.”William Massey, CEO, hotel networking firm CinemaWorksBPL Today, Jan 9, 2007

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“It just works.  My guys in the [tech support] cue love it because they don’t get any calls on this.”Trey Goede, Vice President, River City InternetBPL Today, April 10, 2007

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“Building owners, managers and residents will be able to access energy information from any electrical outlet or even from a remote location.” Frank Matarazzo, Founder, MSTPreferred networking vendor of the Trump Organization and many New York City developersBPL Today, May 16, 2006

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BPL installs without any construction, a big plus in the sterile hospital environment.  BPL-based video, voice and data “represent to the hospital a manageable revenue center.”Tim Campbell, Senior Vice President, Cenit and COO, Blue PortBPL Today, October 31, 2006

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January 1, 2006 sterile hospital environment.  BPL-based video, voice and data “represent to the hospital a manageable revenue center.”

Recent BPL News


Consumers Energy/ 1 million Michigan homes may be passed

Intel to add HomePlug AV BPL option to PCs in 2008

Corinex/MuNet doing utility BPL power meters

Trimax to buy digital signage firm Cybersonics

BestBuy uses Corinex BPL in in $15,000 smart home bundle

Thailand utility to pass 15 million homes with BPL

ConEd OKs Ambient underground R&D

Arkansas BPL law signed by governor (Texas, California, New York and FCC already adopted clear policies promoting BPL)

DS2 BPL chips work well with latest game consoles

MainNet deploys BPL for Swiss utility

First Communications teams with BPL Global for 'smart grid'

Swedish ISP picks Ilevo BPL gear

Nextream has 29 deals to serve BPL at Philippines co-ops

Telkonet teams with GE for 'intelligent' substations

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January 1, 2006 sterile hospital environment.  BPL-based video, voice and data “represent to the hospital a manageable revenue center.”

News of BPL’s advances around the globe

  • New Australian telecom firm plans utility BPL

  • Nigeria to get BPL, ‘smart grid’

  • Venezuela to get Chinese BPL

  • PLCNet reveals Middle East pacts

  • 2005

  • Power Plus to bring BPL to rural Germany

  • Malaysian firm using SpidCom BPL chips

  • Philippines to get BPL triple play

  • Country Energy (Australia) taking BPL commercial

  • India is working on BPL rules

  • Telkonet enters Mexican, Turkish markets

  • Austrian government OKs Linz BPL

  • OPERA releases (DS2-based) standard for all to use


BPL set to serve 21 million in China

Eighty-six Paris suburbs to get BPL

DS2 opens offices in Silicon Valley, Japan

Schneider Electric does BPL in India

MainNet’s got new AMR, Italy’s ASM is buying

Amperion opens shop in Greece, Balkans; First Greek BPL pilot now installed

US firm begins grand Philippines plan

South African firm ramps up BPL plans

Energy Australia to test AMR via BPL

South Africa, Uganda getting DS2-based BPL

South African BPL gets press

Danish integrator using Telkonet gear

ANew ‘lights up’ Managua shopping center

Xeline doing ‘smart grid’ with Korean Electric

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January 1, 2006 sterile hospital environment.  BPL-based video, voice and data “represent to the hospital a manageable revenue center.”

We answer your questions.We want to hear them.If we can’t answer them, we want to know who can. Sam