France's Free Taps Intellon-Based HomePlug AV Powerline Connectivity
(Wireless News Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)
Intellon Corp., a provider of HomePlug-compatible integrated circuits
(ICs) for home networking, networked entertainment, broadband over
powerline (BPL) and smart grid applications, announced that Free, a
French broadband service provider, has selected Intellon's HomePlug
AV-compliant powerline communication ICs for use in all Freebox HD
service packages in France.
Freebox HD provides triple play services that include voice, data and
Internet Protocol television (IPTV).
Free has embedded Intellon's INT6300 ICs into unique dual-purpose power
supplies that provide both power and powerline communications for the
Freebox HD gateways and set-top boxes used in the triple play service
packages. By embedding Intellon's ICs into the power supplies for the
units, Free was able to add powerline communications without
redesigning the Freebox gateways or set-top boxes, thus reducing
engineering costs and speeding time to market. With this simple
approach, the Intellon-enabled power supply units send Free's IPTV
programming from the Freebox broadband gateway over the customer's
existing electrical wiring to the Freebox set-top box next to the
customer's television set.
In selecting a triple play connectivity solution, Free needed
carrier-grade performance combined with easy plug-and-play
installation. The Intellon-based solution met these requirements in
testing trials Free conducted.
"In addition to providing our customers aggressive pricing for triple
play services, we wanted to deliver a high quality video experience by
adding the newest technology," said Maxime Lombardini, Chief Executive
Officer of Iliad (Free) . "Our tests revealed that the Intellon
HomePlug AV solution was easy to install and reliably delivered high
quality IPTV content. As a result, we wanted to get those benefits into
our customers' hands as soon as possible."
"We are delighted that Free chose Intellon's HomePlug AV technology
over other solutions they tested," said Rick Furtney, COO and President
of Intellon Corp. "Our HomePlug AV-compliant INT6000 and INT6300 ICs
support simple and secure connectivity for video, data and voice
applications throughout the home, making life easier for service
providers and their customers."
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