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IEEE fraft version Broadband Over Power Lines standard


July 19, 2009
By Anthony Capkun

At a meeting earlier this year, the IEEE P1901 working group completed a preliminary version of the draft standard it is developing, IEEE P1901, “Standard for Broadband over Power Line Networks: Medium Access Control and Physical Layer Specifications.”

The working group’s technical sub-groups presented unified texts for
the first four chapters of the draft, which were unanimously approved.
In addition, a refined table of contents for the draft standard was
presented, detailing how to merge several confirmed proposals. The
table of contents was also unanimously approved.

When completed, the project will present a standard for high speed
(>100 Mbps at the physical layer) communication devices via
alternating current electric power lines (so-called Broadband over
Power Line [BPL] devices). The standard will use transmission
frequencies below 100 MHz. This standard will be usable by all classes
of BPL devices, including BPL devices used for the first-mile/last-mile
connection (<1500m to the premise) to broadband services, as well as
BPL devices used in buildings for LANs and other data distribution
(<100m between devices).

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