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Savant positions power lines as broadband solution

Savant positions power lines as broadband solution

Savant Corporation has been appointed by Israeli Power Line Communications (PLC) outfit, Main.net, to find implementation partners for its PLUS system in Australia and New Zealand.

The Sydney-based business consultancy, that specialises in representing overseas vendors in the Australian market, has already held talks with utility and telecommunication companies and claims to have received keen interest.

“It [PLC] uses electricity power lines for the transmission of data and voice communications,” Savant business manager, Meyer Mussry, said. “It works in areas where there is no standard telephony coverage or where wires are running but are not suitable for broadband coverage.”

Mussry said PLC was a viable solution for solving problems in rural Australia, tackling Telstra’s dominance and lowering prices.

“Where a company owns the copper wire they are maintaining prices but this [PLC] will create competition, drop call costs significantly in the Bush and make Australia more competitive internationally,” he said.

Savant has already held initial and technical discussions with ‘quite large and some smaller’ companies but Mussry would not give further details at this stage.

He saw possible allies in state governments and UtiliTel, a group formed by utility companies interested in exploiting their infrastructure for telecommunication uses, and estimated that the PLUS system could be made operational within three or four months once an agreement was reached and a pilot scheme carried out.

The system is already commercial in Germany, Austria, Sweden and Poland. The US will soon follow suit.


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