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Powerline @ Winchester - Update

Posted: 25th Apr, 2003 By: MarkJ
While we're already aware that SSE Telecom and Scottish Hydro-Electric plan to bring Powerline broadband to Winchester, few other details have been released.

Thankfully Southern Electric has now confirmed the June 2003 launch period for Powerline in Winchester:

From June 2003, homes and businesses in selected postcodes in Winchester are to get 1Mbps internet access for around £30 a month via their three-pin sockets - with no set-up fee and a modem thrown in.

The trial mirrors one already underway in North East Scotland, again conducted by Southern Electric, and provides a ray of hope for internet users who cannot get broadband via their phone line.

However, the technology won't be able to provide broadband for every home with a power socket. Local power sub-stations will be upgraded to handle data only when there is sufficient demand to make it financially viable - much like the BT model.


The Web-User item notes that the service should be available to 80% of properties in the area.

For those that have forgotten, the purpose of rolling out Powerline in Winchester, a city already covered by other technologies, is to test how competitive it can be.
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