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2004 News


Important announcements made during the 20th General Assembly in Nice

The PLCforum highlighted at the Net-atHome™2004 Conference & Exhibition

The OPERA Project highlighted at the IST2004 Event

PLCforum sponsors the 2nd Powerline Plugtests of ETSI

A new Board elected at the 19th General Assembly of the PLCforum Association



















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Important announcements made during the 20th General Assembly in Nice

December 9, 2004

The 20th General Assembly of the PLCforum Association, held in Nice on December 6 and 7, 2004, provided members with an opportunity to review the important work done since the September meeting and to carefully plan ambitious activities for 2005:
The involvement of the PLCforum in several events these last two months (including IQPC annual conference, Net-atHome™2004, IST2004, ETSI PlugTest) allowed to significantly improve the visibility of the PLCforum, and to widely disseminate Association's key messages.
The PUA White Paper, sponsored by the PLCforum has received a very positive feedback from market stakeholders worldwide: it can be obtained, free of charge, through email to pua@plcendesa.com and will be soon available, for free downwload, on the present web site.
The work done by the PLCforum and PPC in the OPERA IST Project and focusing on Marketing and dissemination, has been quite intense these last months and fully contributed to the smooth progress of this important Project.
The PLCforum will increase its expenses of more than 20% in 2005 to allow the Association to develop even more activities for the benefit of the PLC industry. Among these activities: a conference organised in March 2004 in Brussels on "In-home and access PLC markets" and the 3rd "Summit of the PLC Associations" to be organised by the PLCforum during the second half of 2005.
The next quarterly meeting of the PLCforum Association (including the 21th General Assembly and the above-mentioned conference) will take place in Brussels on March 3 & 4, 2005. Invitations to attend this meeting can be granted to organisations interested in joining the PLCforum.
For further information, please contact us.






The PLCforum highlighted at the Net-atHome™2004 Conference & Exhibition
December 3, 2004

The 7th edition of the Net-atHome™ conference and exhibition, organised every year by Homega Research took place from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2, 2004 at the Palais de la Méditerranée hotel in Nice, France. Attended by over 260 representatives coming from 25 different countries, the event allowed 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 and a paper presented during the conference plenary session devoted to “Access Networks & Value Added Services”. This participation was all the more emphasized with a booth presenting the OPERA IST Project, in which the PLCforum association is actively taking part in, and a related paper presented during the conference and devoted to “Trials & Deployments”.
To view the PLCforum & OPERA booths, please click here and here.
For more information on the Net-atHome™2004 event, please click here.






The OPERA Project highlighted at the IST2004 Event

November 17, 2004

The status and perspectives of the OPERA Project have been highlighted at the annual IST event, held this year in The Hague, the Netherlands, from November 15 to 17. The OPERA booth included into the IST2004 exhibition area welcomed many IST2004 delegates and allowed the OPERA Project coordinator Luis J. Legorburu (Iberdrola Ingeniería y Consultoría) and the OPERA Dissemination WP leader Marcel Graber (PLCforum) to answer a number of questions on PLC status and perspectives, and to convince visitors that the OPERA Project will contribute to a faster development of PLC as a competitive solution to provide broadband Internet access and other services to European homes. A new OPERA brochure has been prepared for dissemination at IST2004 and can be downloaded here as a pdf file. For further information please contact us.


 


PLCforum sponsors the 2nd Powerline Plugtests of ETSI

November 5, 2004

The PLCforum Association is proud to sponsor the 2nd Powerline Plugtests that ETSI is organising at ETSI headquarters, in Sophia Antipolis, France, from Nov. 15 to 19, 2004, and at EDF Bagneux, Paris, France, from Nov. 22 to 26, 2004. As different Powerline technologies exist, the Powerline Plugtests event aims at addressing the performance of the different products and contributing, by a series of technical tests at the event, to identify any technical issues that would prevent the deployment of a genuine PLT market which is currently taking-off. Valuable feedback from this event is expected to the standardization work and to the whole Powerline community. Simple and Complex tests will be performed at ETSI while Indoor and Outdoor tests on real site will be performed at the EDF Bagneux site with the support of EDF. For further information please visit http://www.etsi.org/plugtests/History/History.htm.


 


A new Board elected at the 19th General Assembly of the PLCforum Association

September 21, 2004

During the 19th General Assembly of the PLCforum Association, that took place in Brussels on September 20 & 21, a new Board has been elected, composed of the following persons: Ramiro Alfonsin (Endesa), Chairman - Michel Goldberg (EDF), Vice-Chairman - Johan Bergstrom (Ilevo) - Jorge Blasco (DS2) - Ekkehart von Freydorf (Eichhoff) - Franz Heinzl (Linz AG) - Michael Koch (PPC) - Ulrich Koehler (Intellon) - Masahiro Oya (Mitsubishi El.) - Sergio Rogai (Enel) - Per Wigren (Elforsk) - Amit Yudan (Main.net).
The General Assembly also elected the Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen of its operational structures:
• Marketing Working Group: Johan Bergstrom (Ilevo), Chairman, and Ingo Schonberg (PPC), Vice-Chairman
• Technical and Regulatory Working Group: Victor Dominguez (DS2) Chairman, and Michael Koch PPC), Vice-Chairman
• In-home Special Interest Group: Ulrich Koehler (Intellon), Chairman and Jorge Blasco (DS2), Vice-Chairman
Since a new member has been welcomed during this General Assembly (Telsa), the PLCforum now has 63 members (48 regular members and 15 permanent guests), which represents a net increase of 7 members in 1 year.
At the end of the General Assembly, detailed reports on the work done, during the 2 days, in the framework of the Working Groups have been presented to members by the Chairmen of these groups, together with updates on PUA activities and on the PLCforum activities within the OPERA IST Project. In his concluding address, the PLCforum Chairman, Ramiro Alfonsin, shared with all members his conviction that the year to come was likely to be a key one for the PLC community and that the PLCforum Association would play a leading role in this period. The next quarterly meeting of the PLCforum Association (including the 20th General Assembly) will take place in Nice on December 6 & 7, 2004. Invitations to attend this meeting can be granted to organisations interested in joining the PLCforum. For further information, please contact us.






A liaison meeting between the PLCforum Association and the HomePlug Powerline Alliance

September 20, 2004
At the invitation of the PLCforum Association, a liaison meeting was held today in Brussels between the PLCforum Association and the HomePlug Powerline Alliance. Meeting participants included the Board of the PLCforum and a high-level delegation from HomePlug (Oleg Logvinov, HomePlug President, Arkados Inc.; Brian Wenger, EarthLink Inc.; Rob Ranck, HomePlug Executive Director, Global Inventures). It allowed a very cordial and fruitful exchange of information and paved the way for a closer coordination framework between the 2 organisations in the coming months.


PLC issues discussed at an EMC Symposium in Wroclaw

July 25, 2004
A PLC session was included into the programme of the 17th Symposium on EMC, held in Wroclaw, Poland, from June 28 to July 2, 2004. Five papers, all showing that the impact of PLC technology on other systems is not a real issue, have been presented. Prof. Michel Ianoz has reported in particular that a statistical study of the Swiss Federal Office for Telecommunication, which is the Regulatory Authority in Switzerland, based on 4400 measurements in 236 places, revealed that in a rural environment the field level is under the NB30 limit and that in an urban environment the noise without the PLC in operation is higher than the NB30 limit...


PLCforum and APTEL Brasil PLC Forum sign a Memorandum of Understanding

July 12, 2004
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed on June 29 in Goiânia, Brazil, by Ramiro Alfonsin, Board member of the PLCforum Association, acting on behalf of Sergio Rogai, Chairman, and Paulo Pimentel, Chairman of the APTEL Brasil PLC Forum (AB-PLC). This MoU establishes formal channels of cooperation in regulatory and standards matters with a goal of sharing information and best practices and harmonizing international regulatory regimes and industry standards. This agreement is the sixth one signed by the PLCforum Association with other leading Associations worldwide (existing cooperation frameworks with PLCA , UPLC , PUA, ETSI , PLC-J).



The PLCforum Association to support the IQPC's 5th annual International Powerline Communications 2004 Event

July 8, 2004
The PLCforum association is pleased to support the IQPC's 5th annual "International Powerline Communications 2004" event due to be held on October 26-29, 2004 at the Crowne Plaza Madrid City Centre in Madrid, Spain. The event will feature key insights from the Open PLC European Research Alliance (OPERA), Iberdrola, Endesa, DS2, Enel, the European Commission, Ambient Corporation, and much more. Sponsored by Mitsubishi Electric, the event is aiming at providing the audience with comprehensive information related to the commercialisation of profitable PLC business models providing reliable, affordable broadband access and maximising energy management applications. For more information please click here or contact enquire@iqpc.co.uk


The PLCforum Association to sponsor the 7th edition of the Net-atHome™ Event

June 15, 2004
The PLCforum association is very pleased today to announce its sponsoring of the 7th edition of the Net-atHome™ Event, the premier and largest conference and exhibition covering the connected home markets. To be held at the Palais de la Méditerranée in Nice (FR) on December 1&2, 2004, Net-atHome™ is an opportunity, in just a few days :: to precisely assess the state-of-the-art and perspectives for the European and global markets :: to hear about the latest happenings in the field :: to interact with about 300 attendees :: to meet with worldwide peers and expand networks of contacts :: to access reliable, comprehensive and up-to-date information :: and to investigate emerging business perspectives.
Sponsors:
The European Commission :: 1394TA :: DS2 :: Itran Communications :: Renesas :: Via Technologies :: Echelon :: OPERA :: SPIDCOM Technologies :: TEAHA (The European Application Home Alliance) :: Agilent Technologies :: eDevice :: Extrada :: Legrand :: PLCforum :: TAHI (The Application Home Initiative) :: Telemetry Associates :: CasaNova :: Coronis Systems :: France Telecom :: GDF :: Microsoft
Supporting associations: 1394TA :: ADDI :: BCDI :: CABA :: CEDOM :: CENELEC :: DECT Forum :: DLNA (formerly DHWG) :: ECHONET :: EU IPv6 TF :: HAVI :: HomePlug Powerline Alliance :: Internet Home Alliance :: IPv6 Forum :: Konnex Association :: LonMark International :: OSGI Alliance :: TAHI :: The WiFi Technology Forum :: UPnP ::   WiMedia :: Zigbee
For more information please click here or contact info@net-athome.com.


The 2nd World Summit of PLC Associations successfully held in Brussels

May 26 , 2004
The 2nd World Summit of PLC Associations, organised by the PLCforum, has been attended by around 100 participants from 16 countries (attendee list here), among whom 50% were not members of the PLCforum (a satisfactory figure when considering the PLCforum decision to hold an open event). Thanks to a dense and exhaustive agenda (World Summit agenda here), to the quality of the selected speakers, to several lively Q&A sessions and to the planned networking moments, attendees have been able to fully share their experience and vision and to better understand how PLC can quickly develop, in Europe and worldwide, as a key solution for broadband access (and in-home connectivity), at a key period when the regulatory environment is more favourable, when reliable technologies are available, and when a growing number of energy utilities are committing to trials and deployments. Presentations are available by clicking here as zipped pdf files.



The OPERA project introduced into detail at the occasion of the 2nd World Summit of PLC Associations

May 25 , 2004
The OPERA IST Project has been presented today into detail within the framework of the Pre-conference session of the 2nd World Summit of PLC Associations (access World Summit agenda here). After a welcome address of Sergio Rogai, Chairman of the PLCforum (a partner of the OPERA Project), Paolo de Sousa, EC Project Officer, made an introduction to the IST Programme and the role OPERA will play in it, and Luis J. Legorburu Horletano, on behalf of the Project coordinator Iberinco, explained project status and expected outputs. A Q&A session, followed by a networking cocktail sponsored by the OPERA Project, allowed the audience to be fully informed on the perspectives of this strategic Project and to actively network. For further information, please contact info@IST-OPERA.org.


New members welcomed at the 18th General Assembly of the PLCforum Association

May 25 , 2004
During the 18th General Assembly of the PLCforum Association, that took place in Brussels on May 24 & 25, four new members have been welcomed: Arteche, Avisto Telecom, Spidcom Technologies and Toyocom. Fruitful meetings have developed during the 2 days within the frame of the Marketing and of the Technical and Regulatory Working Groups. A new version of the PLCforum Information package has been released. Updates on PUA activities and of the PLCforum activities within the OPERA IST Project have been provided to the General Assembly, during which Jordi Palet Martinez (a founding member of the IPv6 Forum) had been invited to present a contribution on IPv6 and PLC, and Maria-Luisa Parlatano (ETSI) to inform PLCforum members on ETSI Plugtests services. The next quarterly meeting of the PLCforum Association (including the 19 th General Assembly) will take place in Brussels on September 20 & 21, 2004. Invitations to attend this meeting can be granted to organisations interested in joining the PLCforum. For further information, please contact us.



The PLCforum Association is pleased to share the participation of its members into CeBIT 2004
April 9, 2004
The following PLCforum members introduced their latest products, technologies and services at the recent CeBIT 2004 Tradeshow in Hannover in March. You can access their detailed press releases through: DS2 (Spain), LEA (France), MainNet (Israel), Mitsubishi Electric (Japan), PPC (Germany) and Xeline (South Korea).




Important decisions and announcements made during the 17th General Assembly
February 19, 2004
The 17th General Assembly of the PLCforum Association took place in Brussels on February 17 & 18, 2004. During this General Assembly, 5 new members have been welcomed: Arthur D Little, iLight, LEA, Manx Electricity Authority, and STI Solutions.
The involvement of the PLCforum, as a full partner, in the OPERA project funded by the European Commission within the framework of the IST Programme has also been confirmed (click here to access the “Initial paper” of the OPERA project).
The organisation of the first “PLCforum annual conference” has been confirmed during the General Assembly. It will be organised in Brussels on May 25 & 26 (and not in June 2004 as previously announced), following the meetings of the 18th General Assembly, starting on May 24. The event has been christened “the 2nd World Summit of PLC Associations”, in reference to the 1st World Summit that the PLCforum had successfully organised in June 2003. The 2004 edition will be open to any organisations interested in PLC developments, while the 2003 edition was on invitation only (the draft agenda and a registration form will be downloadable from this web site in the very next weeks).
The General Assembly has also welcomed the ongoing transformation of the Association from a Swiss one (based in Bern since its creation in 2000) to a European one: an ASBL, or non-profit making association under the Belgian law (based in Brussels).
Fruitful meetings have also developed during the 2 days within the frame of the Marketing and of the Technical and Regulatory Working Groups and interesting updates on PUA and PLC-J activities have been provided by representatives of these organisations to the General Assembly of PLCforum members.
Invitations to attend the 18th General Assembly and the Working Group meetings organised at the occasion of this Assembly can be granted to organisations interested in joining the PLCforum. For further information, please contact us.




The PLCforum confirms its support to Distribution Europe 2004
February 13, 2004
The PLCforum is proud to support Distribution Europe 2004, to take place on April 27 & 28, 2004 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Distribution Europe 2004 is developed to provide a forum which identifies, discusses and forecasts developments in the industry. For this international event, 450 participants, including 50+ top-level speakers, are expected. For more information please visit: http://www.distribution-europe.com.




European Commission’s Powerline Project started
February 1, 2004
The EU-sponsored Powerline project "OPERA - Open PLC European Research Alliance“, which is part of the larger broadband project "Broadband for All“, started work on January 1, 2004. With OPERA, the European Commission is emphasising the importance of Powerline for the European broadband market. OPERA is being sponsored within the framework of the initiative "eEurope“ and its appendant project "Information Society Technologies (IST)“. The project stretches over two project phases, each lasting two years. Total budget for the project’s first phase is 20 million euros. An international consortium of utilities, technology companies, research institutions and consultants will develop a uniform European Powerline standard. The European Commission’s long-term goal is to further develop the broadband market in Europe and to establish Powerline as an additional pillar beside DSL and cable access. You can access the full press release through the following links: english version, french version, german version.





Speed-Web disclaims press attacks by Austrian radio amateurs: Commercial Powerline Communications Roll-Out in Linz remains active
January 14, 2004
The Speed-Web Consulting GmbH management together with LINZ AG disclaim the recent press attacks stating that the Austrian authorities would have stopped their commercial Powerline Communications Roll-Out in Linz, Austria, by injunction. Press articles providing this misleading information had been launched by the Austrian Amateur Transmitter Federation (ÖVSV--Österreichische Versuchsenderverband). Fact is that there has never been any injunction by Austrian authorities against the Powerline operator in Linz. The Austrian Amateur Transmitter Federation is being sued, as well as its President personally.
Speed-Web Consulting GmbH is a joined venture between LINZ AG and Power PLUS Communications AG, Mannheim Germany. Since the successful introduction of Speed-Web, the commercial Powerline Austrian radio amateurs are doing their best by filing undue interference complains. Of course, if there should be any actual, harmful and officially proven interference case caused by Powerline Communications, mitigation measures will solve this very case at that specific location in the concerned frequency. As the Powerline equipment in operation has been CE certified, a complete switch-off injunction as reported by the radio amateurs would be both, unreal and illegal.




News from Members: Ascom & Mitsubishi Electric
November 21, 2003
The PLCforum association is proud to count among its members those companies most active on European and world markets. In the members section you will find links to the numerous press releases recently issued by the members of PLCforum, among them a press release of Mitsubishi Electric announcing the establishment of their PLC engineering centre in Europe, and of Ascom introducing trials and rollouts in Switzerland, Finland, UK, and Hong Kong.





Evolution of the Japanese regulatory environment
November 7, 2003

The Japanese Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Post and Telecommunications has decided to partially amend the Regulations for the Enforcement of the Radio Law for the introduction of a testing system for power line communications facilities. For more info, please click here.




PLCforum signs a MoU with the Japanese PLC-J Alliance
October 15, 2003
After having, in the past months, signed Memorandums of Understanding with UPLC, PLCA and PUA, the PLCforum announces that a MoU is being signed with
another leading PLC Association worldwide, the Japanese PLC-J, an Alliance grouping Japanese key-players in the fields of in-home and access PLC. Through this agreement, PLCforum and PLC-J are establishing formal channels of cooperation in promotional, regulatory and standards matters with a goal of sharing information and best practices and harmonizing international regulatory regimes and industry standards.





The 16th General Assembly of the PLCforum to take place in Brussels on November 13 & 14, 2003
September 24, 2003
The 16th General Assembly of the PLCforum will take place in Brussels on November 13 & 14, 2003. Only members and permanent guests can attend the different planned meetings (see agenda below). Special invitations can be given to companies or research organisations, in particular those planning to join the PLCforum. For further information, please contact us.

Draft agenda of the 16th General Assembly

Thursday, Nov. 13, 2003

11:00-13:30
Board Meeting
13:30-14:30
General Assembly
Report from the Board
Report on membership & budget status by the Secretariat
Update on the OPERA project
Introduction of the meetings by the Chairmen of the Working Groups and of the Special Interest Group
14:30-18:00
Technical and Regulatory Working Group Meeting
Product EMC
Installations EMC
European Commission update
14:30-18:00
Marketing Working Group Meeting
Upcoming events
Lobby pack
Update on activities of PLCA, UPLC, PLC-J
Update on ongoing Marketing and Lobbying activities
Membership survey and recruitment
Web site developments
18:00-20:30
In-Home Special Interest Group Meeting
Available technologies & products
Present and foreseen markets
Promotion activities
20:30-22:30
Dinner

Friday, Nov. 14, 2003

08:30-10:00
Board Meeting
10:00-12:00
Technical and Regulatory Working Group Meeting
10:00-12:00
Marketing Working Group Meeting
12:00-13:30
Lunch
13:30-15:00
General Assembly
Report from the Board
Report from the Chairman of the Marketing Working Group
Report from the Chairman of the Technical and Regulatory Working Group
Report from the Chairman of the In-Home Special Interest Group
Report from PUA
Conclusion by the Chairman of the Board



EC Call for contributions on powerline communications
September 14, 2003
The European Commission is organising a dialogue between representatives of EU Member States and various national authorities on Powerline Communications (PLC). The objective of the work is to ensure a regulatory level playing field for all technologies, taking due account of the interests of various stakeholders as well as the broader societal and economic interests of Europe. As part of this initiative, the Commission will hold a joint workshop of representatives of Member States and authorities on October 16, 2003. In preparation for that workshop, the Commission is seeking written contributions and/or positions statements from interested parties before October 1, 2003. An initial document discussed with Member States in the Radio Spectrum Committee, the Communications Committee and the EMC Working party, as well as full details on the Call for contributions can be found here.



The Chairman of the PLCforum assesses that “Time has come: let’s go!”
September 10, 2003
In an address to the General Assembly of the PLCforum Association, following his re-election as Chairman of the Board, Sergio Rogai, Head of Automation, Telecontrol and Metering Engineering at ENEL, expressed his commitment to continue driving the Association to the benefit of all members and of the PLC community as a whole. He also assessed that “Time has come! Let’s face the reality. It is not the lack of standards or rules that would prevent more deployments of PLC access solutions today by European utilities. It is just a question of ‘Yes or No’ decision. Let’s finalise and focus on business plans that, in each country, exist and can really support the strategy of the power utilities and … let’s go!”.





15th General Assembly in Linz: a new Board, the OPERA Project, EC events, the In-home SIG
September 10, 2003
The 15th General Assembly of the PLCforum, hosted by Linz AG and organised by PPC, took place in Linz, Austria, on September 9 & 10. A new Board has been elected (Board member mandates expiring after one year), composed of 11 members: Sergio Rogai (ENEL), Chairman, Ramiro Alfonsin (Endesa), Mattias Aström (Ilevo), Jorge Blasco (DS2), Christian Hensen (Intellon), Michael Koch (PPC), Keith MacLean (SSE Telecom), Masahiro Oya (Mitsubishi Electric), Rodolphe Poiroux (EDF), Per Wigren (Elforsk), Amit Yudan (Main.net). During the 2

days, fruitful working meetings were organised addressing in particular the ambitious OPERA project (a 23 million euro project cost over 2 years), a project involving the PLCforum as a whole and many of its members, that has just been selected for funding by the European Commission within the frame of the IST Programme of the DG Infso. The PLCforum also reassessed its determination to contribute, together with PUA, to the full success of workshops and meetings organised by the European Commission and addressing broadband PLC issues, such as a PLC workshop to take place mid-October in Brussels and a Networking session part of the IST Event 2003 in Milan, on October 4. During this 15th General Assembly, Christian Hensen (Intellon) has been elected to chair the In-home Special Interest Group, through which the PLCforum Association intends to develop a growing number of activities addressing in-home PLC issues.



Many press articles in the European press following the World Summit of PLC Associations
September 3, 2003
Following the World Summit of PLC Associations that the PLCforum organised in Brussels on June 10, 2003 many articles have been published in the European press and in online magazines, underlining the promising market perspectives of PLC solutions. Some of these articles can be accessed through the below links.
Data News
Computerworld
Cinco Dias
Communications News
IEE Review
Network World



The PLCforum confirms its involvement in Net-atHome2003
August 28, 2003
The PLCforum has confirmed its involvement of Net-atHome2003, the 2003 edition of the annual international conference and exhibition organised by Homega Research and focusing on home networks and gateways, connected appliances and Internet services to the home. PLCforum will sponsor the event (to take place on October 30 & 31 in Cannes) and will be one of the 30 to 40 companies expected

to exhibit at Net-atHome2003 (including members of the PLCforum such as Itran). Key members and reps of the PLCforum Association will be involved in the conference part of Net-atHome2003: Sergio Rogai (ENEL), Chairman of the PLCforum, Keith MacLean (SSE), Board member and Chairman of the Marketing Working Group, Christian Hensen (Intellon), Board member and Chairman of the In-Home Special Interest Group, and Victor Dominguez Richards (DS2), Chairman of the Technical & Regulatory Working Group.



14th General Assembly: 2 new Members, a new Board Member, OPERA and World Summit
June 12, 2003
The 14th General Assembly of the PLCforum Association took place in Brussels, on June 11 & 12. Intense activities were developed during the 2 days, through plenary and parallel working sessions. During the General Assembly, 2 new members have been welcomed, the British Synetrix and the Japanese Mitsubishi Materials, while the guest status was granted to PUA. A thorough report of the World Summit held the day before at the same venue was also presented to all members, together

with a precise status of the ambitious OPERA project, developed under the umbrella of the PLCforum and for which a financial support from the European Commission has been requested. Elections to the Board also took place, leading to the election of Masahiro Oya, General Manager MEU-PLC Project team at Mitsubishi Electric Corporation. The 15th General Assembly will be hosted by PPC and take place in Linz, Austria, on September 9 & 10.



A successful World Summit of PLCforum Associations
June 10, 2003
The World Summit of PLC Associations, organised at the initiative of the PLCforum in Brussels on June 10, has been very successful. The meeting gathered around 30 participants from all leading Associations active in the access and in-home PLC field worldwide (HomePlug, PLCA, PUA, the Japanese PLC-J, and UPLC), and from the European Commission as well. After long and fruitful exchange of information, it has appeared that the situation is getting more and more favourable to PLC in all

parts of the world: technologies are now mature, the regulatory environment is becoming more and more supportive, product standardisation is in rapid progress, number of deployments is increasing (over 200,000 homes passed to date in Europe), etc. In his wrap-up address, Sergio Rogai, Chairman of the PLCforum, warmly thanked all attendees for their contribution and suggested to consider the opportunity to hold another edition of this World Summit in the near future. Most presentations made at the Summit can be accessed, as PowerPoint or Acrobat files, by clicking on the below links.

Welcome address
Introduction of the PLCforum
Introduction of the UPLC
Introduction of the PLCA
Introduction of the PLC-J
Introduction of PUA
Introduction of HomePlug
Presentation by the European Commission
Regulation & Standardisation: an overview
Regulatory environment: Japan
Regulatory environment: USA
Standardisation: a contribution from PUA



PLCforum and PUA sign a Memorandum of Understanding
June 10, 2003
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed today by Sergio Rogai, Chairman of the PLCforum Association (PLCforum) and Marcos Lopez Ruiz, President of the PLC Utilities Alliance (PUA). This MoU establishes a mutual cooperation agreement and working partnership, with a specific cooperation objective between the PLCforum Technical & Regulatory Working Group and the PUA Standards & Regulation Task Force.




World Summit of PLC Associations on June 10 in Brussels
May 4, 2003
At the invitation of the PLCforum Association, all leading international Associations active in the (access or in-home) PLC field worldwide (HomePlug, PLCA, PUA, the Japanese PLC Alliance, and UPLC) will hold a meeting on June 10, 2003 in Brussels. The objective of this “World Summit” is to allow these Associations to exchange information and viewpoints and to find stronger synergies in their activities to the benefit of the PLC industry worldwide. Reps from the European Commission and from other regulatory bodies are also expected to attend this meeting.



PLCforum supports PUA's White Paper
April 20, 2003
The PLCforum Association welcome PUA’s initiative having lead to the release, end of 2002, of a White Paper on “Powerline Communications and its impact on the development of broadband in Europe”. The Executive Summary of this very comprehensive and useful report can be accessed here. A full copy can be ordered through the authors, for euro 1,000 (euro 500 for PLCforum members).



13th General Assembly: New Members, 2003 Budget, Opera, World Summit
March 27, 2003
The 13th General Assembly of the PLCforum Association, hosted by EDF took place in Nice, France, on March 26-27. Intense activities were developed during the 2 days, through plenary and parallel working sessions. Two new members were welcomed by the General Assembly: the Spanish Tecnocom and the Singaporean Agilent Technologies, while  the  guest  status  was granted  to  2 leading  American
associations with which the PLCforum Association has signed a MoU: UPLC and PLCA. The General Assembly approved the 2003 draft budget of the Association, representing an increase of 16% when compared to 2002, and the umbrella role that the PLCforum Association will play in the ambitious Opera project for which a support from the European Commission will be requested. The 14th General Assembly will take place in Brussels on June 11-12 and should be preceded, on June 10, by a “World Summit” to which all PLC Associations worldwide will be invited. For further information, please contact us.



Broadband Goes Electric!

February 20, 2003
The PLCforum association is proud to count among its members those companies most active on European and world markets. In the members section you will find links to the numerous press releases recently issued by the members of PLCforum, among them the press release entitled Broadband Goes Electric. This focuses on the developments undertaken by Scottish Hydro-Electric and appeared on the BBC News on 13th February. Other recent news from SSE, PPC and Dimat can also be accessed through the following links: SSE PR, PPC PR, Dimat PR.




Increased interest in PLC at a Conference organised by the European Commission

January 28, 2003
Keith MacLean and Michael Koch, Board members of the PLCforum, have been invited to attend an important Conference that the European Commission has organised in Brussels to look at broadband development in Europe and, more especially, what hurdles there are to deployment and how these can be overcome. The event was attended by representatives of the administrations of all Member States and by leading industry representatives and took the form of short presentations, panel discussion and open forum. The meeting was chaired by Peter Zangl, the deputy Director General for Information Society, who asked for a presentation to the meeting on PLC. A summary of this is shown in the attached letter. Feedback since the event suggests that it has further helped to re-awaken interest in PLC as a serious infrastructure alternative.




PLCforum and PLCA sign a Memorandum of Understanding
January 14, 2003
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed today by the PLCforum Association and the US based Power Line Communications Association (PLCA) to establish formal channels of co-operation in promotional, regulatory and standards matters with a goal of sharing information and best practices and harmonizing international regulatory regimes and industry standard. Sergio Rogai, Chairman of the PLCforum and Alan R. Shark, President of the PLCA have, when signing this mutual co-operation agreement and working partnership, expressed their confidence that it will help making PLC a commercial reality and benefit the PLC industry worldwide.



12th General Assembly: Elections, New Member, EC Support, Press Release
December 13, 2002
The 12th General Assembly of the PLCforum Association, hosted by Power PLUS Communications AG (PPC), took place in Mannheim, Germany, on December 11-12, preceded by a workshop organised by PPC, during which a representative of the European Commission expressed EC support for powerline communications and pointed out that this technology enables to fulfil EC efforts in opening up the competition in the telecommunication sector and bridging the digital divide (access the related press release by clicking here). Intense activities were developed during the 2 days of this 12th General Assembly, through plenary and parallel working sessions. A new member was welcomed by the General Assembly: the Japanese Itochu and elections were organised, leading to the following Management structures of the 2 Working Groups of the PLCforum:
Marketing WG : Keith MacLean (SSE), Chairman - Richard Lynn (DS2) and Jürgen Unfried (PPC), Vice-Chairmen
Technical & Regulatory WG : Victor Dominguez Richards (DS2), Chairman - Michael Koch (PPC) and Borja de Pablos (Endesa), Vice-Chairmen
The 13th General Assembly of the PLCforum Association, hosted by EDF, will take place in Nice, France, from March 26 to 27, 2003. For further information, please contact us.



PLCforum involvement in the PLCA annual Conference
December 6, 2002
The PLCforum accepted the invitation of the US Power Line Communications Association (PLCA) to be involved in their second annual Conference that took place in Washington DC, on December 3-4. On behalf of the Association, Marcel Graber presented a contribution in the opening session (click here to access this presentation) and had fruitful discussions concerning the ways the PLCA and the PLCforum could unite their efforts for the benefit of the PLC industry worldwide.



The PLCforum invites the European Commission to make a formal recommendation
November 29, 2002
Considering the tremendous potential for eEurope that PLC represents and the necessity to ensure fair market access, in a letter sent today (please click here to access it), the Chairman of the PLCforum Association, invites the European Commission to make a formal recommendation to Member States. A workshop to which key representatives from

the European Commission, national administrations and reps from the PLCforum and the PUA would be invited, should allow this perspective to be discussed in more detail.



The PLCforum in the European Press

November 22, 2002
As a result of the intense PR activities that the PLCforum has been developing these last 2 months, a number of articles, underlining the potential of PLC technologies, have been published in leading European newspapers and magazines. Among them, those published by the Italian Italia Oggi and the Spanish Communicaciones World and Cinco Dias (you can download these articles by clicking on the links above).




A fruitful involvement of the PLCforum in Net-atHomeTM2002
November 18, 2002

The PLCforum Association was a gold sponsor of the recent Net-atHome2002 event, the annual international conference and exhibition organised by Sigma Consultants and focusing on home networks and gateways, connected appliances and Internet services to the home. PLCforum's involvement included a presentation by Marcel Graber, in the plenary session, of the Association's activities (please download this presentation by clicking here) and an exhibition booth. Useful contacts were developed there with worldwide market players.




A PLC workshop organised by PPC within the framework of the 12th PLCforum
  General Assembly
October 31, 2002
The 12th General Assembly of the PLCforum Association will take place in Mannheim, Germany, on December 11 and 12, 2002. The hosting member, Power PLUS Communications (PPC) is organising an open PLC workshop on December 10 in the Maritim Park Hotel, Mannheim. This workshop will focus on the newest technologies, products and solutions and on the way to increase revenues by expanding the range of applications in PLC markets. It will also focus on regulatory aspects. For further details, please download the Workshop Agenda and the Registration Form or contact Thomas Wolski.



The PLCforum supports IQPC's 3rd event
October 18, 2002
The PLCforum is one of the leading supporters of the event organised by IQPC in Salzburg, Austria, on December 4-5. The theme of this 3rd IQPC event is "Commercialising Powerline Communications". The event programme includes a post-conference visit to the TIWAG facilities near Innsbruck.



PLC perspectives presented at the Broadband Europe Conference
October 12, 2002
The PLCforum was asked to make a presentation at the Broadband Europe Conference held in Bucharest on October 9-11, 2002. The conference was organised by the IST division of the European Commission to look at ways of promoting broadband access and  applications  throughout all  Member States  and applicant  countries. This was the
first time that PLC was included in such an agenda and this is an indication of the success the PLCforum has had in its lobbying and promotional activities and a good sign that the technology is starting to be taken seriously as a competitive alternative. To access the presentation made by Keith MacLean, please click here.



In-Home PLC coming of age
September 21, 2002
With the first in-home powerline products already available, in-home powerline is now finally coming of age. This has been supported by positive reviews in the press stressing the advantages or full flexibility, less emissions and improved security over other technologies. The In-home Special Interest Group of the PLCforum Association has set up a road map that will focus on thorough promotion of in-home powerline technology, increased efforts to enhance coexistence and interoperability for in-home networks and work on future services like provisioning of home & energy control.



News from the Marketing Working Group
September 21, 2002
At the Edinburgh Meeting in September, the Commercial and Marketing WG looked in detail at the different elements of the business case for PLC. In particular, the WG outlined the value chain and examined the options for deployment of Medium Voltage PLC. Presentations were made by ISP and Satellite companies about options for service provision and for pricing models which allow an easy entry into trials or smaller commercial roll-out and do not involve significant capital investment. The WG hosted a discussion forum between the manufacturer and utility representatives. This looked at the particular needs that each group has and how the PLCforum can help to satisfy these and co-ordinate the necessary activities in such areas as standardisation and financing of R&D. The WG also discussed and prepared its plans for promotional activities, in particular lobbying activities, as well as looking at ways to co-operate with other organisations to help promote PLC on an international basis.



The new Board reassesses the competitiveness of PLC access and in-home technologies
September 13, 2002
The 11th General Assembly of the PLCforum Association hosted by Scottish & Southern Energy, took place in Edinburgh, Scotland, on September 12-13, preceded by a thematic workshop organised by DS2. Intense activities were developed during these 2 days:
A new Board was elected, composed of Sergio Rogai from ENEL (Chairman), Rodolphe Poiroux from EdF, David Ziltener from Ascom, Amit Yudan from Mainnet,
Jorge Blasco from DS2, Michael Koch from PPC, Ramiro Alfonsin from Endesa, Joachim Sell from Elcon, and Per Wigren from Elforsk.
A new Chairmanship of the In-home Special Interest Group was elected: Thomas Manthei of Actima (Chairman) and Norbert Kramer of EnBW (Vice-Chairman).
Fruitful working meetings of the Marketing WG (chaired by Keith MacLean of SSE), of the Technical & Regulatory WG (chaired by Victor Dominguez Richards of DS2) and of the In-home SIG.
Two new members were welcomed by the General Assembly: the Italian Alpikom and the French Avisto.
A press release was prepared assessing the confidence the new Board and all members of the PLCforum Association place in the market potential of Access and In-home PLC technologies (access this press release by clicking here).




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