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Open PLC European research alliance for new generation PLC integrated network

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 507667

  • Start date

    1 January 2004

  • End date

    31 January 2006

Funded under:

FP6-IST

  • Overall budget:

    € 20 152 383

  • EU contribution

    € 8 998 554

Coordinated by:

IBERDROLA INGENIERIA Y CONSULTORIA, S.A.

Spain

Objective

Power Line Communication (PLC) is a broadband telecommunication technology able to use the electricity networks for data transmission purposes, allowing any user connected to the power grid to benefit from a great number of services easily and avoiding expensive and pollutant new wiring. The strategic objective of this proposal is to offer low-cost broadband access service to ALL European citizens using the most ubiquitous infrastructure, Power Lines. Overcoming all barriers that prevent today PLC from being a mass commercial technology that competes effectively with existing technologies through the development of a new PLC generation integrated with existing backbone technologies and EMC full compliant.

All efforts will be focused on obtaining: an improved performance in transmission speed, a ready- to-sell and low-cost products, a complete system specification, an unique international regulation, full inter-operability with existing back haul and in-home technologies and a higher market share.

OPERA will contribute to develop the European Information Society in concordance with the proposed objectives in the plan eEurope 2005 by:
- Increase of competition in access network: PLC networks can be quickly and easily deployed without large investments due to the re-utilisation of electricity networks. PLC is an alternative, competitive, ubiquitous solution for access and in-house distribution that will contribute to have a real alternative "last-mile" access network.
- Fostering Mass Services availability: PLC features such as transparent integration with different technologies and complete end-user coverage will contribute to the deployment of value-added-services over broadband such as: smart home, video streaming, e-health, telephony, tele-surveillance etc.
- European Industry Leadership: PLC technology know-how is currently placed in Europe.

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Coordinator

IBERDROLA INGENIERIA Y CONSULTORIA, S.A.

Address

Calle Alameda De Urquijo 00004 3¿F
48008 Bilbao

Spain

Participants (35)

ADVANCED DIGITAL DESIGN S.A.

Spain

ARISTOTLE UNIVERSITY OF THESSALONIKI

Greece

ASCOM SYSTEC AG

Switzerland

AUNA OPERADORES DE TELECOMUNICACIONES, S.A.

Spain

DISENO DE SISTEMAS EN SILICIO S.A.

Spain

DISTRIBUIDORA INDUSTRIAL DE AUTOMATISMOS Y TELETRANSMISION SA

Spain

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE

Switzerland

EICHHOFF GMBH

Germany

ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE SERVICE NATIONAL

France

ENDESA NET FACTORY S.L.

Spain

ENDITEL INGENIERIA SL

Spain

EUTELIS CONSULT ITALIA AND ASSOCIATES - S.R.L.

Italy

FUNDACION ROBOTIKER

Spain

IBERDROLA SA

Spain

INESC - INOVACAO - INSTITUTO DE NOVAS TECNOLOGIAS

Portugal

LINZ STROM GMBH FUER ENERGIEERZEUGUNG, -VERTEILUNG UND TELEKOMMUNIKATION

Austria

MAIN.NET COMMUNICATIONS LTD.

Israel

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CENTER EUROPE B.V.

France

MVV ENERGIE AG

Germany

ONITELECOM - INFOCOMUNICACOES, S.A.

Portugal

PATTERN COMMUNICATIONS SA

Poland

PLCFORUM ASSOCIATION

Belgium

POWER PLUS COMMUNICATIONS AG

Germany

S ELECTRIC POWERLINE COMMUNICATIONS AB

Sweden

SPIDCOM TECHNOLOGIES

France

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN

Germany

TELVENT ENERGIA Y MEDIO AMBIENTE SA

Spain

THE OPEN UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

UNION FENOSA S.A.

Spain

UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID

Spain

UNIVERSIDAD PONTIFICA COMILLAS

Spain

UNIVERSITAET DUISBURG-ESSEN - STANDORT DUISBURG

Germany

UNIVERSITAET KARLSRUHE (TH)

Germany

WIND TELECOMUNICAZIONI S.P.A.

Italy

YITRAN COMMUNICATIONS LTD

Israel

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 507667

  • Start date

    1 January 2004

  • End date

    31 January 2006

Funded under:

FP6-IST

  • Overall budget:

    € 20 152 383

  • EU contribution

    € 8 998 554

Coordinated by:

IBERDROLA INGENIERIA Y CONSULTORIA, S.A.

Spain