Quito, Ecuador --- (METERING.COM) --- July 15, 2008 - Ecuadorian utility Empresa Electrica Quito (EEQ) has initiated a project to instal broadband over powerline (BPL) technology and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) to 700,000 homes in the country’s capital city, Quito.

A consortium of three local internet and telecommunication service providers, Telconet SA, Gilauco SA and Brightcell SA, are installing Corinex Communications’ BPL Access network across EEQ’s more than 15,000 km of medium and low voltage lines and connecting 27,000 transformers.

Deployment of the BPL network was started in December 2007 in the major metropolitan area of Quito, where almost half of the city’s residents are located. Currently approximately 1,000 transformers per month are being connected and the full rollout is expected to be completed within two and a half years.

In addition the Consortium will be deploying automated meters, municipal security services and distribution automation of the EEQ grid.

The project is expected to be one of the largest deployments of BPL technology in the world, with the Consortium winning the contract from EEQ to deliver broadband services for 10 years.

Commenting on the project, Carlos Andrade Faini, general manager of EEQ, said the utility was happy to be a part of delivering important telecommunications services to Ecuador’s population using its electrical infrastructure, but he assured that the primary business of electricity delivery would be uncompromised.

EEQ is Quito’s oldest electricity company and provides services to more than 700.000 homes and companies in Quito and its surrounds.