Please find below the latest news. To access the news archives for 2004, 2003, and 2002, please click here.




A General Assembly convened on Jan. 17th to designate new Board members and agree on 2007 activities

December 15 , 2006

The next General Assembly of the PLCforum Association will take place on January 17, 2007 in Paris. It will be the opportunity for all regular members and permanent guests to discuss and assess the achievements of 2006, and to agree into detail on the activities to be developed by the Association in 2007, including a "PLCforum White paper" to be widely disseminated, and the organisation of the "4 th PLC World Summit". The meeting will also give the occasion to elect new members of the PLCforum Board. Invitations to attend this meeting can be granted to organisations interested in joining the PLCforum. For any further information you may need, please contact us





The 4th PLC World Summit is postponed

September 6, 2006

Due to an ‘agenda-conflicting' period in October busy with European and International events in the field, the 4th PLC World Summit previously planned in Prague, Czech Republic on October 19 & 20, 2006 is postponed to a future date.
Stay tuned for more details.





The contribution of EPFL to the promotion of the PLCforum Association

August 28, 2006

Michel Ianoz, Honorary Professor of the Swiss Federal Institute of technology of Lausanne (a permanent guest of the PLCforum Association) gave a series of presentations about PLC in Poland (18th Wroclaw International EMC Symposium, June 28-30, 2006) and in China (Fourth Asia-Pacific Conference on Environmental Electromagnetics August 1-4, 2006).
To downlaod the summary report of these presentations, click here.





The PLCforum association is pleased to support the 3rd annual Carriers World CEE held on November 13-15, 2006 in Budapest, Hungary

August 22, 2006

Carriers World CEE 2005 attracted over 190 participants, including senior representatives from 64 different carriers, operators and ISPs – securing its position as the definitive meeting place for the Central and Eastern European carrier industry.
Now in its third year, the 2006 conference will once again tackle the specific key wholesale business issues facing regional operators – providing delegates with expert insight into the strategies that are succeeding in this dynamic and increasingly liberalised market.
Outstanding meeting opportunities including speed networking, the online contact system and the numerous networking breaks ensure you'll make all the contacts you need to drive your business forward in Central and Eastern Europe region.





The 4th PLC World Summit to be held in Prague on October 19 and 20

June 29, 2006

Now in its 4th year and based on the success of the 3 previous editions (agenda and presentations downloadable on this webpage), the PLC World Summit will address this year ‘the PLC market developments, trends, major initiatives and short term opportunities'.
The Summit is an open event giving the PLCforum members and all market stakeholders the opportunity to get reliable and up to date information on the status and perspectives of the PLC domain worldwide, to discover the most recent PLC technologies and applications, to better understand how to develop attractive PLC business and how to reach a breakthrough in operating cost savings and to network with leading market players.
For more information download the agenda
For sponsorship opportunities, download the exhibiting form
For participating, download the registration form
For any questions on the participation or sponsorship opportunities, contact us now.





The PLCforum Technical & Regulatory Workshop successfully held in Nice

June 27 , 2006

The PLCforum Technical & Regulatory Workshop was held successfully yesterday and achieved its goal of updating the audience on recent worldwide regulatory changes and standardization efforts. The PLCforum members active in the various standardization bodies are pleased to share with you the workshop's high quality presentations (downloadable as pdf files below). As a continuation of the impetus given by its members to the PLCforum Association, the coming 4th PLC World Summit (Prague, October 19 & 20, 2006) is being actively prepared and the agenda as well as the registration & exhibitor forms will be unveiled in the coming days on this same page: stay tuned!

•  Regulatory Update in Europe
Michael Koch, VP of Strategies & Regulatory Affair of PPC & Chairman of the T&R PLCforum Working Group
•  Regulatory Update in US
Scott Willy, Powerline Products Manager of Avisto Telecom & Vice-Chairman of the T&R PLCforum Working Group
•  Regulatory Update in Japan (coming soon)
Atsushi Morita Manager, Communication Systems Department of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
•  ETSI/Cenelec Joint Working Group
Michel Goldberg, Research Engineer of EDF & Board Member of the PLCforum Association
•  IEEE P1901 Working Group Update
Scott Willy, Powerline Products Manager of Avisto Telecom & Vice-Chairman of the T&R PLCforum Working Group
•  ETSI NGN@Home Initiative
Milan Erbes, Strategy & Standardisation Manager of SPiDCOM Technologies & Chairman of the ETSI NGN@Home Working Group
•  Smart Grid Applications
Ingo Schoenberg, CEO of PPC & Chairman of the Marketing PLCforum Working Group
•  Coexistence Standards
Scott Willy, Powerline Products Manager of Avisto Telecom & Vice-Chairman of the T&R PLCforum Working Group





The PLCforum: Gold sponsor of Net-atHome™2006: Sept. 26 & 27, 2006, Cannes, France!

May 31, 2006

The PLCforum Association will be exhibiting at Net-atHome™, giving Net-atHome™2006 attendees the opportunity to learn about the latest developments in powerlines technologies.
Known as the most international Connected Home conference/exhibition with 200-300 delegates coming to the French Riviera region each year from 25 different countries around the world, Net-atHome™ has gained the reputation by industry specialists and researchers of being an essential industry forum to strengthen networks, build new contacts, stay informed about the latest cutting-edge developments, and discuss products and services based on home communication infrastructures. In addition to its international reputation, Net-atHome™ is the only event in Europe that covers the entire Connected Home domain and therefore attracts key players from all the various aspects of the industry: manufacturers, service companies, software companies, research institutes and labs, silicon providers, content providers, software companies, integrators, national/international institutions and industry associations. Its organizer, Homega Research, is the division of Sigma Consultants specializing in the field of technologies and services for the home. It has developed its activities from the expertise and experience Sigma has acquired in this domain since the company's creation in 1984. For more information, please visit www.Net-atHome.com or contact us at info@net-athome.com.





Invitation for the PLCforum technical workshop of June 26, 2006 in Nice

May 26, 2006

On May 10, one of the short-term decisions taken by the Board of the PLCforum to give an ever greater momentum to the Association was the organization of a Technical Workshop on June 26, 2006 in Nice. We are pleased to unveil today the details of the event.
The goal of the workshop is to update the audience on recent worldwide regulatory changes and standardization efforts. Presentations on Smart Grid Applications and the latest PLC coexistence proposals will give attendees advanced notice on how they may affect their projects. The workshop will also provide the audience with an opportunity to question, share, and exchange ideas with fellow experts in the Powerline Communications industry. The workshop presentations are made by PLCforum members who are active in the various standardization bodies, including: ETSI PLC, ETSI/CENELEC Joint Working Group and IEEE P1901. The Chairman of ETSI's NGN@HOME working group will give an update on the status of Powerline Communications in Next Generation Networks [NGN] in the Home environment.
Click here to access the detailled agenda.
The workshop is open to all players of the PLC community: please register asap to ensure your seat by using the provided registration form.
For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.





A new impulse given to the PLCforum Association

May 10, 2006

During a meeting held today in Nice, France, the Board of the PLCforum Association has made a number of decisions to give a new impulse to the PLCforum and enable it to play an even stronger role in Europe as an open and neutral Forum at the service of the whole PLC community. The dates and places of the events that the PLCforum will organise in the short to medium terms have been chosen: a Technical Workshop on June 26, 2006 in Nice – the 4th PLC World Summit (preceded by a PLCforum General Assembly) on October 19 and 20, 2006 in Prague (Czech Republic) – a Roundtable focusing on in-home PLC on March 19, 2007 in Hanover (in conjunction with CeBIT 2007). An ambitious roadmap for the expected outputs of the Marketing and of the Technical & Regulatory Working Groups has also been drafted and will be further detailed in the next weeks. All PLCforum events are open. Invitations to attend General Assemblies or Working Group meetings can be granted to organisations interested in joining the PLCforum. For any further information you may need, please contact us.





The 3rd PLC World Summit successfully held in Brussels

December 16, 2005

The PLCforum is proud to have successfully hosted, on December 15 and 16 in Brussels, the 3rd PLC World Summit, organised with the support of leading exhibiting manufacturers (Mitsubishi Electric, Motorola, Power Plus Communications and SPiDCOM Technologies).

The event attracted over 80 high-level delegates from all regions of the world (Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa, etc.: a total of 21 countries represented), representing a wide spectrum of organisations: energy utilities, service companies, manufacturers, silicon providers, administrations, universities, etc.

The PLC World Summit concept and programme had been designed to allow participants to:
• get reliable and up to date information on the status and perspectives of the PLC domain worldwide,
• discover the most recent PLC technologies and products, to be used for access (last mile) and in-home applications,
• better understand how to develop attractive PLC applications and successful PLC business,
• network with leading market players.

The Conference programme proposed to participants was quite dense. It started with a welcome address of the PLCforum Chairman, Frederic Onado, and an “Encouragement to start PLC projects today” from Mr Augusto de Albuquerque, Head of Unit at the European Commission.

These introductory speeches were followed by plenary thematic sessions (moderated by Ingo Schönberg, Chairman of the PLCforum Marketing Working Group and Marcel Graber, Marketing Manager of the PLCforum):
• Worldwide status reports from PLC Associations and industry groups,
• Overview of the regulatory environment worldwide,
• Standardization and the new generation of PLC products.

Invited contributions focusing on key aspects of access and in-home PLC developments constituted the largest part of the agenda for the second day while, during the two days, long breaks were proposed to attendees to visit the exhibition area and network.

Ingo Schönberg wrapped up the event assessing that “the 3rd PLC World Summit has reached its main objective of providing the PLC community with a key opportunity to exchange information and network, at a time when PLC technologies and products are available and can address a wide range of applications with convincing business models”.

In a concluding address, Frederic Onado expressed his warmest thanks to all delegates for having travelled to Brussels to attend the PLC World Summit, confirmed the PLCforum's commitment to continue serving its members and the whole PLC community through the organisations of such events and announced that the PLCforum will organise the 4th PLC World Summit in September 2006 in Brussels.

To access the agenda and download the presentations, please click here. For any further information you may need, please contact us.

 





A fruitful quarterly event held in Brussels

December 16, 2005

The PLCforum Association held its last quarterly event of the year 2006 yesterday and today at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Brussels. A dense programme was proposed to participants. The event started, on December 15 in the morning, with a Board meeting, meetings of the Marketing Working Group and of the Technology & Regulatory Working Group, and the 24th General Assembly of the Association. During this Assembly, the membership application from the Korean LS Cable and from the Belgian Katholieke Hogeschool Brugge-Oostende (KHBO) have been unanimously welcomed and an ambitious draft list of PLCforum activities for 2006 has been thoroughly discussed. Then, in the afternoon of December 15 and on December 16, the 3rd PLC World Summit, organised by the PLCforum, took place. The event (see related news) attracted over 80 high-level participants from all over the world and allowed an intense and fruitful exchange of information and vision on the technological and market perspectives of PLC solutions. The next quarterly event of the PLCforum Association will take place in Prague on April 25, 2006. Invitations to attend this event can be granted to organisations interested in joining the PLCforum. For any further information you may need, please contact us.





The PLCforum Association highlighted at Net-atHome™2005

December 5, 2005

The PLCforum Association has been significantly promoted at the Net-atHome™2005 conference and exhibition, organised by Homega Research in Nice on November 29 and 30, 2005. Net-atHome™2005 gathered over 180 delegates from 22 countries and was an opportunity to precisely review the status and perspectives of the worldwide markets for home networks and gateways, connected appliances and value added services to the home. The PLCforum Association has been presented through an exhibition booth, allowing attendees to learn more about this key initiative and network with PLCforum representatives. The PLCforum's presence was also emphasized at the booth of the OPERA IST Project, in which the PLCforum association is actively taking part, and through the related paper presented by Michael Koch, VP of Strategies & Regulatory Affairs of PPC AG and member of the OPERA Consortium, during the conference plenary session devoted to “Business models and success stories.” For more information, visit the Net-atHome™2005 dedicated website or contact us.





Mitsubishi, Motorola, PPC and SPiDCOM will exhibit at the 3rd PLC World Summit

November 16, 2005

Mitsubishi Electric, Motorola, Power Plus Communications and SPiDCOM Technologies will exhibit their most recent technologies, products and services at the 3rd PLC World Summit organised by the PLCforum in Brussels on December 15 and 16, 2005. This confirmed involvement of major providers of PLC based solutions and the level of the speakers having accepted to present a contribution makes the 3rd PLC World Summit a not-to-be-missed event for anyone looking for an opportunity to:
•  get reliable and up to date information on the status and perspectives of the PLC domain worldwide
•  discover the most recent PLC technologies and products, to be used for access (last mile) and in-home applications
•  better understand how to develop attractive PLC applications and successful PLC business
•  network with leading market players
To download, as a pdf file, the programme of the 3rd PLC World Summit (including a registration form), please click here. For any further information you may need, please contact us.





An important quarterly event: a new Board, a new Chairman, a new member, and the 3rd PLC World Summit in sight

September 16, 2005

At the occasion of the PLCforum quarterly event held on September 15-16 at the Radisson Hotel in Brussels, a new Board of the PLCforum Association has been elected (the PLCforum Board is elected on an annual basis in accordance with the Associations statutes). The new Board is composed of Jorge Blasco (DS2) , Michel Goldberg (EDF), Franz Heinzl (Linz AG), Michael Koch (PPC), Frédéric Onado (SPiDCOM Technologies), Masahiro Oya (Mitsubishi Electric), Alicia Sanchez (Endesa), and Per Wigren (Elforsk).
The PLCforum members attending the event warmly welcomed:

  • the Board members, all belonging to key market players in the PLC field and all committed to fully contribute to the development of the activities of the Association, for the benefit of their members and of the PLC community at large,
  • the decision of the Board to elect Frédéric Onado as Chairman and Franz Heinzl as Vice-Chairman.
The new Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen of PLCforum's operational structures have also been elected during the event:
  • Marketing Working Group: Ingo Schönberg (PPC), Chairman, and Frédéric Onado (Spidcom Technologies), Vice-Chairman,
  • Technical & Regulatory Working Group: Michael Koch (PPC), Chairman, and Scott Willy (Avisto Telecom), Vice-Chairman.
Since a new member has been welcomed during this event, with a permanent guest status (the Danish Hibat), the PLCforum now has 51 members (34 regular members and 17 permanent guests). At the end of the quarterly event, detailed reports on the work done, during the 2 days, in the framework of the 2 Working Groups, and of the activities planned for the next months, have been presented to members by the Chairmen of these groups. In his concluding address, the PLCforum Chairman, Frédéric Onado, shared with all members his conviction that the year to come will be a year of great achievements for the PLCforum Association and that, for the short term, the 3rd PLC World Summit organised by the PLCforum on December 15-16 in Brussels, will be a major milestone for the PLC community worldwide.
For further information, please contact us.

The new PLCforum Board
 
 
Frédéric Onado
Franz Heinzl
 
 
Jorge Blasco
Michel Goldberg
 
 
Michael Koch
Masahiro Oya
 
 
Alicia Sanchez
Per Wigren
     
     


HIBAT, a new PLCforum member




The 3rd PLC World Summit to be held in Brussels on December 15 and 16

July 13, 2005

The 3rd edition of the World Summit that the PLCforum Association has been organising on an annual basis will be held in Brussels on December 15 and 16 (and not on September 15 and 16 as initially planned). As any of the PLCforum quarterly events, it will be an open event, aiming at providing the PLCforum members and all market stakeholders interested in the business opportunities offered by PLC technologies, a key opportunity to discuss the status and perspectives of the markets for access and in-home PLC technologies, and network. The specificity of the World Summit is to allow extending the scope of the discussions and networking beyond Europe, which seems more and more appropriate as market players are facing more and more global markets and as worldwide standards are required.






PLC developments in China

July 10, 2005

In May 2005, Michel Ianoz, Honorary Professor of the Swiss Federal Institute of technology of Lausanne (a permanent guest of the PLCforum Association) gave a series of lectures about PLC in different Chinese Universities and Companies, addressing EMC issues, standardization and regulatory situation, and markets. Professor Ianoz also attended the 2nd China International PLC Meeting, on May 26, 2005 in Shanghai and which about 100 participants from all over China attended. This market oriented event allowed to get a general view of the PLC field in China, Professor Ianoz concluding, in his report made available to PLCforum members, that:

  • there is a quick PLC market development in China, even if the regulatory environment is not yet stable,
  • the Chinese industry cannot yet produce performant products (chips and modems) to permit high transmission speed, market players being essentially for the moment providers of foreign technology acquired for instance from Intellon and DS2.






A fruitful PLCforum quarterly meeting: a roundtable on in-home PLC markets, a new momentum, the 3rd World Summit

June 17, 2005

A fruitful quarterly meeting of the PLCforum has taken place yesterday and today at the Méridien Hotel in Nice, France. The meeting started on June 16 with an open roundtable focusing on the markets for broadband (but also narrowband) PLC technologies in homes and other residential or commercial segments (SoHo, schools, etc.). After introductory addresses, the floor was given to a panel of leading companies active in the field, covering a wide range of businesses, from silicon manufacturers to system integrators. From the presentations made (click here to access the agenda and download presentations as zipped pdf files) and the discussions that took place with the audience, the following picture of the in-home PLC markets, can be drawn:

  • The markets for Home networking, in Europe and other regions of the world, is growing quite rapidly,
  • PLC technologies have a more and more important role in the marketplace: technologies and products are ready and well suited to emerging killer apps (in-home sharing of video content for instance), while distribution channels are more and more mature (with a key role for service providers),
  • An important growth is therefore logically expected for the markets for in-home PLC technologies (likely to surpass the markets for access PLC technologies in Europe) in the next months and years, a market environment that the PLCforum is fully committed to support through its activities.
The second day was devoted to the meetings of the two Working Groups of the PLCforum (the Marketing Working Group and the Technical & Regulatory Working Group) which allowed participants to exchange their information on recent developments in the PLC arena worldwide, to network, and to prepare joint activities to be developed on behalf of the PLCforum Association. After a Board meeting, the General Assembly was convened and shared the vision of the Board that a new momentum should be given to the Association, the PLCforum having a stronger and stronger role to play as an open, central and neutral Forum, at a time when the PLC community is facing quite a lively period of market developments that requires an improved coherence between all market stakeholders. The PLCforum will therefore launch, in the next months, new activities for the benefit of the PLCforum members and of the PLC community at large. Some of them will be announced at the occasion of the “3rd World Summit of PLC Associations” that the PLCforum is organising in Brussels on September 15, 2005 (detailed information will be posted on this web site in the coming weeks).



The PLCforum to exhibit at Net-atHome™2005

April 19, 2005

This year again, the PLCforum Association has decided to exhibit at the Net-atHome™2005 event, which will take place on November 29 & 30, 2005 at the Meridien Hotel in Nice, France. The 8th edition of the Net-atHome™ event, hosted by Homega Research, is a Forum bringing together over 250 key players (25 countries represented in 2004) in the connected home domain in Europe and around the world. It is the only event in Europe, and one of the few worldwide, that covers the entire connected home domain. The presence of the PLCforum in the Net-atHome™ exhibition area will be a key opportunity for this leading worldwide association to explain its achievements and perspectives into detail and convince even more manufacturers and research organisations to join the PLCforum and work for the benefit of the whole PLC community.






Free access to the PUA White Paper

March 7, 2005

A « White Paper on Power Line Communications (PLC) 2004 » has been prepared and disseminated, end of 2004, by the PLC Utilities Alliance (PUA). This report, sponsored by the PLCforum, “aims at providing a common base of information for all PLC stakeholders – regulators, policy makers, utilities, equipment manufacturers, etc. – to discuss and take decisions on the strategies and tools for assuring an opportunity for wide scale deployment of PLC in Europe”. The PLCforum is happy to allow, with the authorization of the PUA, the free downloading of the complete report, as a zipped pdf file, and of its executive summary (a powerpoint version of the report) as well.







General Assembly: 3 new members, the 3rd World Summit and key outputs of the Working Groups

March 4, 2005

The PLCforum Association is proud to now have a total of 58 members, since, during its 21st General Assembly held in Brussels today, the applications received from 3 organisations active in the PLC area - Senelec (Senegal), Premo Group (Spain) and ITE (Spain) – have been welcomed. During this meeting the organisation, by the PLCforum, of the “3rd World Summit of PLC Associations" in Brussels, on September 15, has also been confirmed (detailed information will be posted on this web site in the coming weeks). The PLCforum Working Groups have also announced their detailed work planning for the months to come, including in particular the preparation of a White Paper on In-home PLC, and a report on the Standardisation status and perspectives in the PLC field. The next quarterly meeting of the PLCforum Association (including the 22nd General Assembly) will take place in Nice on June 17, 2005. Invitations to attend this meeting can be granted to organisations interested in joining the PLCforum. For any further information you may need, please contact us.






Michel Goldberg: new Chairman of the PLCforum Association

March 3, 2005

End of 2004, Ramiro Alfonsin, Endesa, informed the Board of the PLCforum that he had just accepted a new position within his company (in charge of Endesa’s activities in Italy) and would therefore, regretfully, not be able to chair the Association any longer. On March 3, 2005, the Board of the PLCforum, during a meeting held in Brussels, unanimously elected Michel Goldberg, EDF, as the new Chairman of the PLCforum, a decision warmly welcomed by the General Assembly convened on March 4. Michel Goldberg has been involved in the development and standardisation of PLC technologies and applications for many years and is chairing in particular the CENELEC 205A Sub Committee (SC 205A) and the Standardization & Regulation Task Force (SRTF) of the PLC Utilities Alliance (PUA).







The « PLCforum roundtable on European markets for in-home and access PLC » successfully held in Brussels

March 3, 2005

Around 80 attendees representing a wide spectrum of the PLC community attended today the  “Roundtable on European markets for in-home and access PLC” organised by the PLCforum Association with the support of the PLC Utilities Alliance (PUA). On site feedback from attendees indicates the event succeeded in reaching its objectives: to provide an opportunity to discuss into detail the current and future market opportunities for access and in-home PLC. The presentations made, prior to the open discussion, by leading manufacturers and service providers, can be downloaded, below, as zipped pdf files. For any further information you may need, please contact us.

Welcome Address
Michel Goldberg, EDF, Acting Chairman of the PLCforum Association

Introduction
Ingo Schönberg, PPC, Vice Chairman of the PLCforum Marketing Working Group

The PUA White paper: setting up the scene
Djamel Chekroun, General Manager of EDEV CPL Technologies

The Viewpoint From Chip Designers
Radomir Jovanovic, CEO, Spidcom Technologies
Jorge Blasco, CEO, DS2
Ulrich Köhler, Sales Manager Europe, Intellon 

In-Home Focused Viewpoint From Service Providers
Julien Tronel, Engineer and PLC Project Manager, France Telecom R&D
Thomas Quiehl, Head of Innovation, Deutsche Telekom 






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