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Case Studies

BPL Case Study

Hydro Québec

Hydro-Québec is a government-owned public utility, and is the largest electricity generator in Canada. Hydro-Québec turned to Corinex to provide a BPL link between their communications backbone and intelligent end devices (IEDs) in their Nicolet substation. The high RF environment within a substation makes wireless communication impossible, and the cost of running fiber would have been prohibitive.

Business Challenges
Approach Taken
Benefits

Business Challenges

  • High RF environment within substation makes wireless communication impossible
  • Distances of 50 to 250m would traditionally require expensive cables
  • Installation must be quick and easy
  • Communication must provide speeds of >5 Mbps, and should ideally provide additional services such as VoIP and alerts/alarms

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Approach Taken

  • Corinex provided Hydro-Québec with High Density gateways that were preconfigured and mounted into cabinets offsite
  • The High Density gateways were installed by substation technicians in the Nicolet facility
  • Without any additional configuration, the system provided communication speeds between the intelligent end devices and the backbone of over 150Mbps
  • Additional network capacity above the required 5Mbps can now be used for VoIP and alarms

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Benefits

  • High speed communication in difficult environments
  • Reduced Labour costs
  • Additional bandwidth can be used for value added services such as VoIP and system alarms
  • Reduced maintenance costs
  • Technology can easily be scaled up to larger facilities

Technology Implemented
Corinex Low Voltage Utility Grade BPL System

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Indian Institute of Information Technology Allahabad

The Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad (IIITA) was established in 1999 by the government of India. It is working with a group of partners including Corinex and Maple Leaf India to research and develop technology capable of providing broadband access, voice communications, intelligent grid systems, automatic meter reading and power management capabilities to India. Corinex’ BPL technology was chosen to provide metering and communication capabilities to villages.

Business Challenges
Approach Taken
Benefits

Business Challenges

  • Internet connections to remote villages are difficult to set up and maintain
  • Network users are distributed over a large geographical area
  • Utilities must deliver reliable services to their users at a minimal cost
  • For areas with low population density, maintenance costs can significantly impact revenues
  • Traditional broadband technologies such as DSL are too expensive for emerging markets
  • Cost of implementing Smart Grid and AMI services over a traditional network is prohibitive

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Approach Taken

  • Corinex is leading a project to provide internet access to villages in India using BPL
  • Corinex worked with IIITA to develop a network over existing power lines that connected villagers and schools in Tiker Mafi, the first of a series of villages to be connected by BPL
  • Broadband internet is distributed over a medium voltage (MV) connection to an access network of low voltage (LV) gateways, which are connected to homes and businesses in the community
  • Certain key areas have been overlaid with Corinex’ Smart Grid AMI technology to provide monitoring and management of the electrical system using Corinex’ Smart Grid Connect Software

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Benefits

  • Provides high speed internet connections to remote communities and emerging markets
  • 40 Mbps LV backbone speeds provide room for growth
  • Utilities can better monitor and control power use
  • Reduced maintenance costs
  • Increased standards of living and economic growth

Technology Implemented
Corinex Medium/Low Voltage Utility Grade BPL System

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SMT Solutions

SMT was established in 2010, and provides communications technology and infrastructure to the Middle East. They use Broadband Over Powerline to provide small and medium businesses with cost effective internet connectivity using existing electrical networks. Their services are used to provide VOIP and broadband services to areas which may not have existing telephone infrastructure.

Business Challenges
Approach Taken
Benefits

Business Challenges

  • Many areas in the middle east have little existing infrastructure
  • Networks must be established quickly without the need to install new wires
  • Customers are widely distributed
  • Traditional broadband technologies such as DSL are too expensive for many markets
  • The network must provide sufficient throughput to allow VOIP and Broadband services

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Approach Taken

  • SMT uses Corinex Low voltage (LV) and Coax Cable products to create anywire networks that can provide communication services at rates of up to 200 Mbps
  • These high-speed anywire networks are used to provide VOIP communication to locations which have never had reliable telephone service
  • With the help of Corinex, SMT has opened new markets for its telecommunications services

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Benefits

  • Reduced maintenance costs
  • Improved customer satisfaction
  • Economic Growth in areas newly connected to VOIP and data networks
  • Increased Revenue
  • Low installation costs

Technology Implemented
Corinex Low Voltage Utility Grade BPL System and Coaxial System

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Portugal Telecom

Portugal Telecom is a global telecommunications operator, and is a national leader in all sectors that it operates in. It has a diversified business portfolio where quality and innovation are decisive aspects, and stands alongside the most advanced international companies in the sector. The company operates in all areas of the telecommunications market: fixed, mobile, multimedia, data, and business solutions.

Business Challenges
Approach Taken
Results Achieved

Business Challenges

Implementing IPTV services is hampered by long lead times for dispatching field crews to enhance wiring in customer homes. Using their own field crews for installation and on-going maintenance was reducing shareholder returns despite an increase in subscriptions. A reliable networking solution that could uniformly perform despite differences within customer buildings was needed.

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Approach Taken

  • Cost comparison with traditional ADSL networks was undertaken to identify the total cost of ownership
  • An initial pilot was performed to test:
    • The ability for the technology to perform using new and old copper
    • Customer’s proficiency in setting up their own PTP network
    • Requirements to roll a truck after the modems have been delivered
  • The technology was found to work reliably and is now a standard offering for both powerline and coax

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Results Achieved

  • Portugal Telecom can save approximately 130 Euro per premise by reducing the installation time to zero
  • PT has deployed to over 100,000 powerline CPEs and 100,000 coax modems to date
  • BPL and Corinex Anywire Home area networks are being deployed as a standard approach in their service offerings

Technology Implemented
Corinex Home Area Network System

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ZAO Electro-Com

ZAO Electro-Com, is a telecommunications operator and multimedia service provider based in Moscow, Russian Federation. They offer VOIP and high speed services using a portfolio of communications equipment. BPL was chosen for high density multi dwelling units (MDUs) because of its ability to provide a wide range of services within structures that are inhospitable to most technologies.

Business Challenges
Approach Taken
Benefits

Business Challenges

  • Most potential customers live in concrete multi-dwelling apartment units where there is a lack of existing network infrastructure
  • As the market emerges, a fast deployment methodology is required, and time to market is critical to increase market share
  • As a growing company, the initial capital for expansion shall be minimized
  • Capital costs in regions with limited or no infrastructure tend to be prohibitive, so ZAO was looking to gain a competitive edge over more expensive technologies such as DSL

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Approach Taken

  • Corinex‘s approach is to provide multiple services using Corinex BPL equipment over existing electrical wires of muti-dwelling units
  • Established a hybrid Fiber to the Building and Corinex BPL solution within the building
  • Offer broadband services to 150,000 clients out of a million homes passed
  • After a pilot project, the company gained the experience to deploy the technology at scale
  • The focus has been to bridge fibre to ‘anywire’ in the building for service deployment as a pre-G.hn measure
  • Currently deploying at a run rate of over 5k new homes a month with expansion into neighboring countries

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Benefits

  • Offer services to over ten major cities in Russia, such as Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Ryazan, Kaluga and Rostovon-Don
  • Fast installation, capturing a significant number of subscribers every year
  • Minimized CAPEX, less than $50 per home passed
  • Lower OPEX with fewer truck rolls after installation and low maintenance
  • Superior Service Quality compared to the competition - up to 5 Mbps per customer
  • Customers enabled with the self install BPL kit
  • Avoid drilling holes, better customer satisfaction
  • Multiple revenue streams: Internet, VoIP, and IPTV

Technology Implemented
Corinex Low Voltage Telecom Grade BPL System

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CenterPoint Energy

CenterPoint Energy was chartered in 1882 and has a 5,000 square-mile service area with 1.86 million metered customers delivering 73.6 billion kilowatt hours yearly for about 60 certified competitive retailers. The CenterPoint Energy Intelligent Grid and advanced metering strategy requires a communications capability that enables extensive real time grid monitoring. This includes monitoring, data transport and integration, along with the analytics necessary to provide input to automated processes to support advanced decision making in the areas of operations, customer services, and asset management.

Business Challenges
Approach Taken
Benefits

Business Challenges

  • Effectively monitor and control millions of line devices and miles of delivery wire
  • Respond to expectations to deploy smart grid technologies for the rate payers
  • Responding to rapidly changing customer needs for electricity
  • Improve utility performance in an ever increasing cost environment
  • Continued regulatory pressure to decrease rates
  • Regulatory reliability concerns/awareness
  • Increasing deregulated Texas electric Market demands on performance
  • Electric Utility energy market changes

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Approach Taken

  • The Intelligent Grid links electricity with communications and computer control to crate a highly automated, responsive and resilient power delivery system
  • Corinex worked with IBM to develop a high throughput backbone on a regional trial in Houston
  • The network was strictly deployed on medium voltage
  • Over 10,000 homes were connected during the pilot to demonstrate real-time two way data flow for smart grid applications including feeds from residential and commercial meters
  • The pilot proved that the technology could be effectively deployed and served as an early milestone for BPL in the industry today

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Benefits

The intelligent Utility Network:

  • Improves reliability and prolongs the life of aging infrastructure
  • Improves customer satisfaction
  • Increases competition and responds to market demands
  • Allows easy, fast and accurate customer switching
  • Removes barriers for smaller REP entry
  • Enables hardening of the grid

Technology Implemented
Corinex Medium Voltage Utility Grade BPL System

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