IEEE 1901 Working Group

Standards Committee: IEEE Communications Society/Power Line Communications (COM/PLC)


P1901 project: Revision of IEEE Standard 1901-2010

Title: Standard for Broadband over Power Line Networks: Medium Access Control and Physical Layer Specifications

Latest news: 24 September 2020: IEEE Std 1901-2020 was approved by the IEEE SA Standards Board.

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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.


P1901b project: Amendment to IEEE Standard 1901-2010: Enhancements for Authentication and Authorization

Latest news:
12 November 2020: The project held its kick-off meeting by teleconference.

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Scope of the project: This amendment integrates state-of the art authentication and authorization mechanisms for networks, especially for IoT and Access Devices. It specifies how IEEE 802.1X may be utilized for authentication and authorization by IEEE 1901 networks.

Project Authorisation Request (PAR): the PAR is available here.

WG Officers

Jean Philippe Faure,

Vice Chair
Markus Rindchen,

Mitch Aramaki,

Staff Liason
Jennifer Santulli,