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Communication
Technologies Inc.
• Company Overview
• Manassas BPL Network
• COMTek’s BPL Vision
Broadband Over
Power Lines
Walt Adams
Vice President, New Technologies
Communication Technologies Inc.
COMTek © 2005. Company proprietary and confidential. May not be reproduced without written permission from COMTek.
COMTek © 2005. Company proprietary and confidential. May not be reproduced without written permission from COMTek.
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Company Overview
The City of Manassas
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• COMTek owns and operates the Manassas
BPL network franchise
• Manassas is the first city-wide deployment of
BPL in the United States
• COMTek also owns wireless ISP networks and
terrestrial transport networks that use
wireless, satellite, copper, and fiber optic
media, serving 20+ countries
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30 miles Southwest of Our Nation’s Capital
Population of 36,000
10 Square Mile City
15,000 Electric Meters
12,470 Volt Distribution
80% Underground
1,965 Transformers
2,200 Hand Boxes
7.5 Customers per Transformer
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Manassas Deployment Areas
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BPL Architecture in Manassas
A RE A 201
AREA 203A
AR E A 204
A R EA 203B
AREA 205
A R EA 202
W E EM S E .S .
A RE A 402
HAYD ON
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AR E A 301A
AREA 102
A RE A 104
AREA 101
A RE A 301B
A R EA 403A
A R EA 403C
A R EA 403B
A D M I N I ST R A T I O N
BU I L D I NG
AREA 105
A D M I NI S T RA T I ON
B U I L D IN G
AREA 302
AR E A 305
O S B O U R N H .S .
B A L D W IN E .S .
AREA 304A
A R EA 401
AREA 303
R O U N D E .S .
AREA 304B
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BPL Equipment Installation
Manassas BPL Network Current State
• 7,000+ homes and businesses now have access to BPL
– Expanded network to pass 5,000 additional homes and businesses
in the past 60 days
• On schedule to pass all 15,000 homes and businesses by end of
April
• 500 to 800 KB residential service for $28.95/month
• 500 KB to 2.5 MB commercial service ($39.95 to
$119.95/month)
• Over 300 subscribers
• Achieving 10% market share quickly as we open new areas
• In the areas we serve, approximately 1 out of every 4
broadband subscribers is a COMTek BPL customer
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Manassas Service Offerings
City Benefits
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Leverage Existing Electric Infrastructure
Improve Quality of Life
Economic Development
Enhance Response to Power Outages
Foundation for Utility Applications
Fiber Extensions are Multi-purpose
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Subscriber Speeds Current
State of BPL Industry
1Q05
2Q05
3Q05
4Q05
1Q06
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We Have Implemented
WiFi Hot Spots
2Q06
0.5 to 2.5 MB
4 to 6 MB
10+ MB
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We Have Implemented
VoIP
We Have Implemented
Remote Meter Reading
• Five successful BPL
trials of VoIP
• Kazaa, Vonage,
Primus, Level(3),
Packet8
• Compressed vs.
uncompressed
platforms
• Commercial offering
anticipated
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We Have Implemented
Traffic Signal Automation
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We Have Implemented
Video Monitoring
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We Have Implemented
Infrastructure Surveillance
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The Potential of BPL
• Capital goes into service delivery not obtaining rights
• Competitive Cost (G2 technology)
– $75 to pass a building/house
– $175 success based capital
– $40 to $150 Customer Premise Equipment (CPE) to serve a
building/house
• 10% market penetration within first few months
(Manassas, Allentown, and Cincinnati)
• G3 technologies of 100MB+ in late 2005
• Convergence of voice, video, and data
• Rapid market acceptance
• Competitive with existing telecom technologies
• Rapid ubiquity in moderate to high density areas
• No disputes regarding ownership of wires
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COMTek’s Perspective on BPL
COMTek’s Perspective on BPL
The negatives:
The positives:
• Exciting last mile solution
• Competitive “cost to pass” and “cost to serve” versus other
technologies (DSL, Cable, WiFi, Fiber)
• Leverages strong customer service reputation of power
providers
• Low cost to operate
• Enables numerous value added services
• Rapidly deployable
• Simple architecture
• High “sizzle factor” with customers
• Ability to provide ubiquitous service
• User installable after core network is deployed
• Virtually no truck rolls
• Not suitable for low density areas at current price
points
• Strong (stable) vendors will emerge in 2005
• No technical standards
• Regulatory uncertainty at state level
• Each electric grid has unique signal transmission
characteristics
– Electric grids are “noisy” environments
• No mass market pricing / economies
• Business model doesn’t work in all cases
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Contact Information
Walt Adams
Vice President
New Technologies
(703) 961-9080
[email protected]
Communication Technologies
14151 Newbrook Drive
Suite 400
Chantilly, VA 20151
(703) 961-1330 Fax
Unused Slides
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Future Applications
Video Entertainment
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Future Applications
Power Monitoring
• Monitor load
currents or
temperature of
conductors in
electrical lines
• Autonomous
operation of
electrical
equipment
SeaChange™ by SeaChange International, Inc.
• Full motion HDTV programming competing with cable and
satellite television delivered via BPL access networks
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Image of Airak, Inc. Optical Transducer
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Future Applications
Cable Fault Location
Future Applications
School Attendance Tracking
• BPL is starting
to be used by
school systems
in Germany
and Israel to
enable tracking
of student
attendance
• BPL may be
used to locate
underground
cable faults
and to predict
future faults
MapIt™ Fault Distance Monitor Example Circuit Map Viewer Interfac
By Remote Monitoring Systems, Inc.
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Modular Management System by Computer Resources, LLC
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Future Applications
Remote Medical Diagnostics
• Jacksonville
Electric
Authority and
the Nemours
Clinic are
trialing BPL
enablement of
remote patient
and medical
monitoring
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Future Applications
Vehicle Location Systems
• Vehicle location
systems will be
enabled by wireless
stations distributed
throughout the BPL
network
HealthSourceONE by Strela Development
SmartFleet by Space Machine, Inc.
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