2 thoughts on “IBM on the BPL Bandwagon”

  1. Om,

    You are certainly right that Current BPL speeds do leave a lot to be desired but your post entitled “BPL, a technology whose time has come and gone?” from a month or ago seems to me to be a bit short-sighted. The report you cited missed the biggest U.S. implementation to date which is Cinergy in Ohio with around 50,000 subscribers. Also missed is the fact that the primary motivation for BPL is not broadband delivery but its to monitor , control automate deep inside the electrical grid. Broadband delivery essentially an add on and utilities would likely sell this access to a partner ISP CLEC etc or other content providers. I believe this is why Google would be interested in this.

    The upcoming HomePlug AV standard targeted to support 200 Mb/s which can support HDTV and IPTV.BPL makes sense in other ways too. BPL is a very appealing way to bring data services to a home BPL utilizes the existing home electrical wiring which in turn lowers the cost of deployment and subscription pricing. Grandma knows what a wall outlet and electrical plug is but doesnt have a clue what Cat5 is. By utilizing the existing electrical wiring distribution and standard AC plugs around the a lot of the house a lot of wiring hodgepodge issues are eliminated. The telco’s who are moving into IPTV and RF delivery are finding that the house wiring distribution issue can be a big problem. BPL also could opens the door to entire new the “Smart applianceâ€? marketplace.

  2. You might be right about the overhyped part, but I wouldn’t lump BPL in with WiMax. BPL is a technically flawed concept and US-centric to boot. WiMax is just as good as 3G (although one could argue that since one is as good as the other, why not just use 3G) and has its greatest potential outside the US.

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