PLC (PowerLine Communications) technology uses the existing public and private mains power wiring for the transmission of telecommunication signals, offering Internet access via electrical networks in the home and at work.
The areas of developing data transmission solutions via powerlines include outdoor (local loop) and in-house (home networking) solutions.
The obvious advantage of PLC is that it is everywhere in the developed world. PLC can deliver high speed, low cost Internet access with 'no new wires', as well as the capability for in-building Local Area Networks.
Deregulation has been a major factor in the development of Powerline (tele)communications:
- Deregulation in telecommunications allows new market entrants to provide services along electricity networks
- Deregulation in the power supply sector increases the demand for specific energy distribution related information systems.
Another opportunity for Powerline technology has been in the area of home-automation and in-house systems.
ETSI technical committee PLT (Power Line Telecommunications) standardizes PLC (Powerline Communications) systems.
The following is a list of recently published and frequently downloaded standards. Please use the ETSI Work Programme to find further related standards.
|Standard No.||Standard title.|
|TS 103 909||Power Line Telecommunications (PLT) Narrow band transceivers in the range 9 kHz to 500 kHz Power Line Performance Test Method Guide|
|TR 101 562-2||PowerLine Telecommunications (PLT); MIMO PLT; Part 2: Setup and Statistical Results of MIMO PLT EMI Measurements|
|TR 101 562-1||PowerLine Telecommunications (PLT); MIMO PLT; Part 1: Measurement Methods of MIMO PLT|
|TR 101 562-3||PowerLine Telecommunications (PLT); MIMO PLT; Part 3: Setup and Statistical Results of MIMO PLT Channel and Noise Measurements|
|TS 103 908||PowerLine Telecommunications (PLT); BPSK Narrow Band Power Line Channel for Smart Metering Applications [CEN EN 14908-3:2006, modified]|
|TR 101 562||PowerLine Telecommunications (PLT); MIMO PLT Universal Coupler, Operating Instructions - Description|
|TR 102 930||PowerLine Telecommunications (PLT); Study on signal processing improving the coexistence of VDSL2 and PLT|
|TS 102 578||PowerLine Telecommunications (PLT); Coexistence between PLT Modems and Short Wave Radio broadcasting services|
|TS 102 447||Powerline Telecommunications (PLT); Programmable PSD Mask; Specifications for Access and Indoor Systems|
|TR 102 616||PowerLine Telecommunications (PLT); Report from PlugtestsTM 2007 on coexistence between PLT and short wave radio broadcast; Test cases and results|
|TR 102 615||PowerLine Telecommunications (PLT); PlugtestsTM 2007 on coexistence between PLT modem systems; Test cases|
|TR 102 494||Powerline Telecommunications (PLT) Technical requirements for In-House PLC modems|
|TR 102 370||PowerLine Telecommunications (PLT); Basic data relating to LVDN measurements in the 3 MHz to 100 MHz frequency range|
|TR 102 324||PowerLine Telecommunciations (PLT); Radiated emissions' characteristics and measurement method of state of the art powerline communication networks|
|TR 102 269||PowerLine Telecommunications (PLT); Hidden Node review and statistical analysis|
|TR 102 270||PowerLine Telecommunication (PLT); Basic Low Voltage Distribution Network (LVDN) measurement data|
|TR 102 258||PowerLine Telecommunications (PLT); LCL review and statistical analysis|
|TR 102 259||PowerLine Telecommunications (PLT); EMI review and statistical analysis|