Swiss-German Plug-In Device Offers Instant Web Access

Share this content:
Ascom Powerline Communications and RWE Powerline, firms based in Switzerland and Germany, respectively, have developed a plug-in device that allows instant, high-speed access to the Web from any outlet in a user's home or office.

Ascom will deliver the device to RWE Powerline -- a subsidiary of RWE, one of Germany's largest utilities -- for distribution later this year to a potential of 12 million households in two German states.

A test of 200 households in Essen, a city in the Ruhr River region, has been under way since May last year, according to an RWE spokesman. "We've had no problems in running it," the spokesman said.

RWE must install a device within the power supply of homes or offices in need of a connection. However, no extra cables or dial-up methods are needed.

The technology is known as Powerline Communications and allows data transfer of up to two megabytes per second.

With the successful test behind them, the companies plan to roll out the device this month in Essen and Muelheim, another Ruhr River city, and then move it into other areas in which RWE supplies power during the second half of the year.

Short term, the plug-in would be limited to Germany. However, Ascom, which handled the technological end of development, eventually could sell it abroad.

The major market for the device is home use of computers as well as small companies that cannot or do not need network applications.


Next Article in Multichannel Marketing

Sign up to our newsletters

Company of the Week

USAData helps businesses find new customers and grow their current customers through a combination of data and digital marketing services, and easy-to-use SaaS technology products. We enrich customer data so businesses can more effectively target and communicate with customers, and connect them with their best look-alike prospects through digital and traditional channels. We make it easy through simple, self-serve applications and APIs, as well as through full-service programs managed by our Data and Digital experts. 

Find out more here »

Career Center

Check out hundreds of exciting professional opportunities available on DMN's Career Center.  
Explore careers in digital marketing, sales, eCommerce, marketing communications, IT, data strategies, and much more. And don't forget to update your resume so employers can contact you privately about job opportunities.

>>Click Here

Relive the 2017 Marketing Hall of Femme

Click the image above