P1901 Working Group
Standards Committee: IEEE Communications Society/Power Line Communications (COM/PLC)
Project: Revision of IEEE Standard 1901-2010
Title: Standard for Broadband over Power Line Networks: Medium Access Control and Physical Layer Specifications
Latest news: 5 February 2020: The Draft Standard has been moved to SA ballot.
Scope: The scope of this standard is to define medium access control (MAC) and physical layer (PHY) specifications for high-speed (>100 Mbps at the physical layer) communication devices via electric power lines, so-called broadband over power line (BPL) devices as well as lower speed Internet of Things communication devices. This standard uses transmission frequencies below 100 MHz. It is usable by all classes of BPL devices, including BPL devices used for the first-mile/last-mile connection (<1500 m to the premise) to broadband services as well as BPL devices used in buildings for local area networks (LANs), Smart Energy / Smart Grid applications, transportation platform (vehicle) applications, Internet of Things applications and other data distribution (<100 m between devices). This standard focuses on the balanced and efficient use of the power line communications channel by all classes of BPL devices, defining detailed mechanisms for coexistence and interoperability between different BPL devices, and assuring that desired bandwidth and quality of service may be delivered. The standard addresses the necessary security questions to provide privacy of communications between users and allow the use of BPL for security-sensitive services. It is limited to the physical layer and the medium access sublayer of the data link layer, as defined by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) Basic Reference Model.
Project Authorisation Request (PAR): the PAR is available here.