Broadband over power lines to take over DSL soon

By SiliconIndia   |   Tuesday, 30 January 2007, 06:00 Hrs
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New Delhi: Broadband over power lines is set to overtake cable and digital subscriber lines (DSL) across United States. Sooner or later, transferring voice and data through power lines will be a reality in India as well.

The Department of information and technology at the moment is considering the four proposals received for funding the pilot project. The project is aimed at finding out the feasibility of the new broadband over power lines technology in the country.

This would make Internet surfing quite easy. Customers need to plug the modem into an electric outlet to access the broadband connection. It is a cost-effective way to the alternative cable-modem, as it does not require new infrastructure.

While broadband over power lines has been tested worldwide, the pilot project has been initiated in India recently through upgraded modems that are required for transmission to electricity lines.

Of the four proposals received by Department of Information and technology, two proposals have come from Power and Electric Supply Corporation, New Delhi and Calcutta. The Central Power Research Institute in Bangalore has also proposed to undertake a project, which might cost between Rs1-5 crore, according to government sources.

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