EUTC to Work with TCCA as Utilities Look to Leverage Critical Broadband Networks

The European Utilities Telecom Council (EUTC) and TCCA have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enable information sharing around the ongoing development of critical mobile broadband.

The European Utilities Telecom Council (EUTC) and TCCA, the global representative body for the global critical communications ecosystem, have formalised their cooperation in the interests of advancing critical communications. The two organisations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enable information sharing around the ongoing development of critical mobile broadband.

EUTC is a trade association representing electric, gas and water utilities and other critical infrastructure providers on their information and technology needs. EUTC advocates on major industry issues such as cybersecurity, radio spectrum access, fibre optic cable siting and leasing.

With technology rapidly changing the role of telecommunications networks in Europe’s utility and other critical infrastructure companies, EUTC brings experts together from across Europe, enabling them to share knowledge and stay up to date with key industry and technology advances. The EUTC also works in partnership with EU institutions that actively seek its opinions on important issues such as spectrum allocation and development of the future energy grid.

Utilities already use a wide variety of connectivity types including copper, fibre and narrowband radio. However, none of these will readily scale to support the increase in connectivity that smart grids demand. As a result, almost all utilities globally are looking to implement large scale private wide area wireless networks as a significant foundation for their future smart grids in the medium voltage and low voltage layers.

“The evolution of robust, cost effective energy smart grids is imperative to facilitate the most efficient use of renewable energy sources in our collective attempts to minimise the environmental impact of energy use in domestic, industrial and transportation sectors. We must reduce carbon emissions very significantly in order to avoid the worst effects of climate change. However, this increased use of renewable energy must not impact the reliability of our energy grids – and for that to work out we need massively increased visibility and control or a very widely distributed asset base where currently no meaningful connectivity exists,” said Julian Stafford, EUTC Technical Director.

Source: The Critical Communications Review | Gert Jan Wolf editor21/11/2019