NEWS RELEASE: High-Speed Powerline Channel Earns ANSI/CTA Approval

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)® and LonMark International today announced ANSI/CTA 709.8 LON HD-PLC (High Definition Power Line Communication) is now approved as a new American National Standard (ANS) by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards.

LON HD-PLC is a high-speed media channel for control networking based on the ANSI/CTA 709.1 series of standards. The transceiver signal operates in the broadband range between 2-28 Mhz. This new transport media offers over 30Mbps UDP data rates using existing powered or unpowered wiring in buildings and cities, for control, monitoring, and management of networked equipment and advanced IoT applications.

In 2017, LonMark International adopted HD-PLC as the new channel standard for high-speed wireline networks. Based on the IEEE 1901 and ITU-T G.9905 international standards, HD-PLC combines IP-based broadband communication with an innovative multi-hop technology to reliably achieve megabit data rates over several kilometers of cabling (AC/DC powerlines, twisted-pair, coax, or any unpowered wires such as legacy telephone wires).

The new standard provides LON systems with a secure and instant speed upgrade—from just kilobits to megabits—without needing to add or replace wiring.  “The approval of this new standard is a key milestone,” Rolf Bienert, executive director, LonMark International. “The new media type is fully interoperable including twisted pair, powerline, fiber optic, and RF.”

Approval of the new standard was made possible by all of the CTA R7WG13/LonMark Technical Committee members involved in its development, including Adesto, Gesytec, Megachips, Panasonic, Wirepass, Who GmbH, and Vossloh Schwabe.

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About LonMark International:

LonMark International is a member-based, non-profit organization that enables interoperable systems for products based on the ANSI/CTA-709 (ISO/IEC 14908) series of standards. LonMark International has tested and certified over 1000 products complying with its interoperability guidelines. Additionally, LonMark International has certified nearly 1,000 industry professionals worldwide for their expertise in the guidelines and industry standards. Products based on the ANSI/CTA-709 (ISO/IEC 14908) standard are installed in over 500,000 buildings worldwide. LonMark International remains committed to educating the industry on the value of open, interoperable systems by providing tools, resources, and support for its members and their markets. For more information, visit

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