http://www.atec.co.za is the company that installs PLC lines in estates and open streets. Frans from Atec agrees with me that Charles Kuun will never give permission but neither will he do anything about it. Which is the same thing this thread discusses http://mybroadband.co.za/vb/showthread.php?t=29635 He has discussed their projects a length with Pretoria council and the message is the same to them as it was to me: Do whatever you want , dig up our electric cabling and install your PLC and Fiber - just don't tell us about it. What http://www.atec.co.za does is build a small guard house, digg up the council reticulation point at the street corner - WITHOUT PERMISSION - , install the PLC equipment and provide hundreds of houses in a block with 40megs each in open streets. It does not have to be in an estate. The entire South Africa can be blanketed with PLC exchanges - with the full "passive" cooperation of council. Just don't expect council to ever admit to this, but neither will council do anything to stop us. http://www.atec.co.za takes full responsability etc. And gentlemen please as I have explained - we are not America - as long as you don't blowup councils substation nobody can be sued for "damages". http://www.atec.co.za has no VANS or any other license from Icasa. They are installing BPL in open streets and sending data over public roads using council power grid in open defiance of Icasa - nobody gave anybody permission. http://www.verresig.co.za/verresig/public_html/plc.htm a closed estate was their latest project. Frans can be contacted at 012 998 2539
Academic books on PLC Edit
Installing underground coupler on council grid Edit
The Ambient Underground Inductive Coupler is used to provide signal transmission and reception on underground (or other insulated) lines in the 2 kV to 20 kV class. Benefits of the Ambient Coupler Can be installed on ENERGIZED LINES Passive device - lower failure rate Suitable for outdoor use Easy to install
}}} Download http://www.ambientcorp.com/PDFs/Ambient%20UG%20Coupler.pdf to see a picture of the actuall device. So it will be a simple matter of just digging up council electric cable exposing it and clamping the device around the powerline. No need to cut it or anything else.
Mainnet PLC South-Africa Edit
Finally got the information we need. http://www.mainnet-plc.com contact is Ari Geva at 082 417 5661. The Head-end-unit costs R60000 and provides 8megs to about 60 houses. The powerline wall adaptor that you plug into your wall power socket costs R1500. So for approximately R2500 capital outlay/house every 60 houses will get an enternal localloop bandwidth between them of 8megs. He says installing the PLC on the Pretoria power grid is a piece of cake that takes an hour or two and no lines need to be cut. They will install if for us and have various "agreements" with Tswane council electricians. He told me not to tell anybody but for a few cases of beer you can just install the thing anywhere you want, Pretoria council electricity workers will "understand". He laughed when I asked him about Icasa and Telkoms views on this and agreed with me that Icasa is one huge useless joke that can't do anything to stop this technology. The HEU must be owned by everybody on the street level. You can't style yourself as the next Telkom since the powergrid doesn't belong to you,it belongs to all and a fair transparant way of buying and reselling bandwidth at cost must be agreed apon. PLC works out to about double the price of a DsLam telephone network. It is supprisingly difficult to get the relevant information on PLC. It seems that present PLC deployments in the USA and Europe results in an effecitve 2meg/house. Some technical data lists the HEU as being able to provide 200megs and not 8megs as Ari told me.
PLC head end unit Edit
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* http://www.flashnet.co.za/ * http://www.atec.co.za * http://www.isc.co.za/view_item.asp?id=44 * http://www.currenttechnologies.ch/ * http://broadbandoverpowerlines.blogspot.com/ * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_line_communication * http://www.ambientcorp.com/ * http://www.ambientcorp.com/pages/products.htm * http://www.ambientcorp.com/PDFs/Ambient%20UG%20Coupler.pdf Underground couplers * http://global.mitsubishielectric.com/bu/plc/index.html * http://www.ilevo.com/ * http://www.mainnet-plc.com/ * http://www.premo.es/ * http://www.uplc.org * GET FCC interference officers and their numbers. * ambient 091 -(617) - 332-0004 * Corinex - 200Meg inside the home using existing wiring