Open PLC European Research Alliance publishes specification documents
Friday, February 23rd, 2007

The Open PLC European Research Alliance (OPERA) has announced the approval of the first open global specification for Powerline Communications (PLC) access, also known as Broadband over Powerline (BPL). This specification will accelerate mass rollout of high-speed, low-cost, broadband access, voice and audiovisual services, as well as utility applications for control and management operations.

After two years of development, a consortium of industry specialists from 35 organizations (including 10 universities) , and supported by the European Commission, developed the specification based on a marketing and functional requirement blueprint ratified by OPERA. The specification, together with an “OPERA Technology White Paper” can be freely downloaded from the “Project Outputs” section of the OPERA web site.


Andy Sennitt comments: Thanks to Mike Barraclough for alerting us to this. This is potentially a threat to shortwave reception, both analogue and DRM. The OPERA website has links to other organisations involved in activities related to PLC technology. I urge all international broadcasters, shortwave transmitter operators and listeners to acquaint themselves with this subject. Radio Netherlands, the BBC and Deutsche Welle have been actively involved in attending meetings on this subject over the past several years, and have made the concerns of international broadcasters known to the participants, most of whom have a vested interest in seeing PLC develop. No other international broadcasters seem to be seriously concerned - they should be!