Fonix, a developer of integrated telecommunications services, recently tested delivery of Voice over Internet Protocol services through broadband over power lines and plans to introduce the service in the Southeast this year.
Fonix (OTC BB: FNIX) said its subsidiary, LecStar Telecom, completed installation and testing with a power company that it did not identify.
Progress Energy recently conducted an Internet-over-power line trial in Wake County, NC.
Of 30 sites participating in the broadband over power line trial, 20 percent will try VoIP service, Fonix said in a statement. The trial is scheduled for six months.
“New technology has changed the rules of the telecom game, and users demand and deserve more flexibility at a better price,” said Thomas Murdock, president and CEO of Fonix, in a statement. “Technologies like VoIP on BPL let us give our customers freedom of speech, a true choice in their voice and data services. As we continue building our customer base through acquisitions like LecStar, Fonix can introduce these innovative services to new markets, and we anticipate the costs will ultimately go down for everybody.”