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Power Line Carrier Communication (PLCC) is A Communication Technology That Enables the Use of Existing Wiring Infrastructure to Transfer Data and Information over Power Lines


Power Line Carrier Communication (PLCC) is a communication technology that enables the use of existing wiring infrastructure to transfer data and information over power lines. The main advantage of this technology is the low infrastructural and maintenance costs involved in communicating data, since data transmission is done over existing power lines. According to the MarketsandMarkets forecast, the power line carrier communication market is expected to grow from USD 4.11 Billion in 2015 to USD 11.27 Billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 15.18% between 2016 and 2022. The growth in this market can be attributed to the increasing adoption rate of PLCC-based systems in smart grid applications.

The Power over Ethernet (PoE) controller market is expected to grow from USD 451.1 Million in 2015 to USD 1,048.3 Million by 2022, at a CAGR of 12.56% between 2016 and 2022. The Power over Ethernet technology enables the supply of the power required for operating devices such as VoIP phones, wireless access points, and IP cameras through data cables instead of power cables. Increasing usage of VoIP phones and wireless aceess points, along with the advantages of using the PoE technology for powering the above mentioned devices is fueling the growth of the market for PoE controllers.

The key players in the PLCC and PoE controller markets include Maxim Integrated Products Inc. (U.S.), Texas Instruments Inc. (U.S.), STMicroelectronics N.V. (Switzerland), Linear Technology Corp. (U.S.), Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (U.S.), Broadcom Ltd. (U.S.), and Yitran Technologies Ltd. (Israel) among others.

The leading players in the global PLCC and PoE controller markets focus on new product launch to strengthen their position in the matkets. For instance, Texas Instruments Inc. (U.S.), a leading players in the power line carrier communication and power over Ethernet controller markets, in August 2014, introduced a two-layer PoE power sourcing equipment (PSE) evaluation module based on the company’s TPS23861 PoE controller. This module was designed to reduce time and cost while creating PoE-enabled network video recorders, IP phone switches, and wireless base station. Texas Instrument’s strong brand image and geographical presence, comprising operations in nearly 35 countries worldwide, are some of the factors that helped it gain the leading position in the PLCC and PoE controller markets.

Maxim Integrated Products Inc. (U.S.), a key player in the PLCC and PoE controller markets, focuses on the strategy of new product development to have a competitive edge in the said markets. In June 2015, Maxim Integrated introduced MAX79356 powerline communications (PLC) modem system on a chip (SoC) device that could accommodate the G3-PLC, Prime, and P1901.2 standards in the CENELEC A, ARIB, and FCC frequency bands; this device would enable manufacturers and utilities to use same device to build meters and data concentrators. The company’s strong position in the PoE controller market can be attributed to its wide portfolio of PoE controller products, consisting of more than 35 products. The company’s power sourcing equipment controllers are widely used in in power sourcing equipment (PSE) such as midspan and endspan PSE; and its powered device controllers have wide applications in devices such as IP phones, security cameras, wireless access nodes, and internet appliances among others. Apart from its strong product portfolio, the company also has a strong foothold in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

Related Reports:

Power Line Carrier Communication Market by Technology (Broadband & Narrowband), Application (Smart Grid & Indoor Networking), & PoE Controller Market by Type (PSE & PD), Application (Connectivity, Security, & LED Lighting), Geography - Global Forecast to 2022

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