Gallions Housing Association is testing a service that provides residents at its 5,200 homes in south-east London with affordable broadband direct through their existing electrical sockets.
Despite many of Gallions’ dwellings being high-rise blocks, which are usually expensive to connect to broadband, Motorola’s broadband over powerline service was installed in less than a day.
Motorola’s service converts the original Ethernet signal to its HomePlug protocol and then injects the signal directly into a building’s electrical system. To access the internet, users connect their computer or router to a dedicated Motorola modem which plugs into a standard electrical socket.
The two-star housing association has a three-part strategy, beginning with the provision of broadband for residents. This is expected to be followed by the introduction of CCTV using the broadband network, and later the delivery of telephony (VoIP) and television services (IPTV) over