THE EUROPEAN Commission has granted competition clearance to a new joint venture that will design, develop, manufacture and sell devices to route Internet and other electronic communications to homes and offices in Europe and the USA, via existing electrical wires, without laying any additional cables.

Easyplug was launched by France's Schneider Electric Industries and Thomson Multimedia, (TMM); they are to transfer their existing power-line communications interests to the new company. A Commission statement said that "although the ...

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