Expansion of RWE Powerline disappointing
At this year's CeBit, RWE announced that it would have at least 20,000 customers by the end of 2001. With 1,500 Powerline users at the moment, this goal has been missed by far. The reason for this is, among other things, the slowly advancing expansion.
This is worthwhile for RWE due to the necessary conversion if there are several interested parties per transformer station. In addition, there are problems in the manufacture of the powerline modems. The yield seems to be too low, as many devices at the customer's site are very early on. Allegedly, this problem has now been got under control and is now hoping for a more rapid expansion. It is slowly about time, if you consider that RWE still has 10,000 registrations, in the whole of Germany the number of interested parties is 40,000. Not least because of EON's abandonment in the area of 'Internet from the socket', the trust of users in this technology is unlikely to have increased, and T-Online has been busy getting the broadband market under its control for a long time/p>