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CACTEL COMMUNICATIONS CONDUCTS POWERLINE DEMO IN GHANA

Cactel Communications (formerly Intell Solutions) has carried out what is probably the first test of powerline transmission in Africa outside of South Africa. Tshwane Municipality (which covers Pretoria) has also conducted tests with a view to developing a municipal network.

Last week, a series of demonstrations of powerline communications took place on the premises of Graphic Corporation, Accra, Ghana. Attendees included the Electricity Company of Ghana, Ghana Telecom, Africa Online, Internet Ghana, University of Ghana and the UNDP. Cactel was assisted in this demonstration by its technology partners, the Spanish companies DS2, the silicon chip designer that powers the PLC modems, headends and repeaters, and the systems integrator Tecnocom. Meetings during the week included the Ministry of Communications, the Office of the President, and the National Communications Authority.

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