Recent utility research carried out by Smart Grid Forums indicates that the pressure is on for European utilities to develop their roadmaps amidst the transition from TDM to PSN technologies. There is now real urgency for utilities to raise the profile of the telecoms department on the organisational agenda to more powerfully drive the migration to MPLS networks and maximise security, reliability and visibility. With a broad and diverse range of utility telecom tools and technologies already on the market, as well the testing of new solutions on the horizon, the time to make key technology procurement choices is now.
As the grid modernises, the design of utility telecom networks needs to be fully scrutinised and reconsidered, particularly within low voltage distribution networks. “The pace of progress has been slow within the utility telecom environment to date, with only a few utilities leading the way in the migration to MPLS networks” explains Marcella Cilia, Conference Producer at Smart Grid Forums, the organisers of Utility Telecoms 2020. “The initial difficulty lies in the selection process of the telecom technologies, but with this comes a bigger challenge around understanding the complexities of implementing and operating these new technologies to support existing internal utility services such as teleprotection and telecontrol. As a result, this year’s programme has been created to address the strategic, application, implementation, and configuration issues that need to be considered before the MPLS transition is complete.”
Utility Telecoms 2020 takes place 25 - 27 February 2020 in Amsterdam. Over 3 intensive conference days participants will get the opportunity to review the most advanced implementation case studies, participate in technology innovation panel discussions, problem solve during the end-user roundtable discussions, forge new relationships during the evening networking reception, and quiz tech experts through the exhibition area running alongside the conference.
To find out more about the event, please visit: https://www.smartgrid-forums.com/UTC20GEOCPR2
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