ISP Review - Powerline Interview No.2

ISPr does a second interview with Keith MacLean regarding Powerline

Powerline Interview No.2
By Mark 'Winter' Jackson : Oct 10th-2003 : Page 2 of 5

"We are free to roll out to any area covered by our electricity distribution networks which cover the Scottish Hydro-Electric and Southern Electric areas."


3) Has the trial yielded a requirement for future price changes or do you foresee the final product as being of much the same cost to consumers?

The standard pricing for Stonehaven and Winchester will be £29.99 per month with varying connection costs depending on the length of contract (eg monthly or annual etc)

4) Have you found any differing issues (technical, commercial, regulator etc.) between installing the service in Scotland vs England’s Winchester trial?

There have been no particular differences between them.

5) Can you reveal whether the current trials will be expanded to any other areas of the UK not yet mentioned and if so, where?

We are already looking at options for the next stages but the choice will be dependent on the marketing pilots.

6) Provided the trials succeed, do you plan on rolling out the technology to other parts of the UK?

We are free to roll out to any area covered by our electricity distribution networks which cover the Scottish Hydro-Electric and Southern Electric areas (ca 3.3 million properties).

7) If so, how will you go about gauging the difficult aspect of consumer interest in the service to determine if a specific area would be viable or not?

For some areas it would simply be a matter of examining the potential market and taking the commercial risk (eg urban areas). For other areas we may consider putting together a checklist that local communities or interest groups can use to verify the feasibility of deployment and to gather the interest together using their local knowledge and contacts. This approach is already working well for wireless networks.

8) You once stated that newer equipment being tested in Spain was allowing speeds above the current UK 2Mbps trial, such as up to 20Mbps. Has any progress been made toward introducing this here during the trial; if so, what can be expected of it and when (cost etc.)?

see 2 above

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