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Case Study: Iberdrola on Raising the Telecoms Department’s Profile

The telecoms function within grid operators is experiencing a period of unprecedented innovation, upheaval and internal attention with the large amount of additional data created, collected and transmitted by smart grid assets placing unforeseen demands and importance on grid telecoms infrastructure.

If telecommunications engineers harness the increased attention focused on their department, they have a huge opportunity for upskilling themselves and their team, raising their personal and departmental profile, and speeding up the introduction and implementation of new assets.

At Utility Telecoms 2020, Alberto Sendin, Telecommunications Project Manager at Iberdrola, will outline how Iberdrola are utilising the elevated position of the telecoms team to accelerate the roll out of advanced grid assets. Alberto will be detailing the need to upskill the team’s communication abilities to cover investment conversations, establishing timelines for upgrades in the new environment and increasing cross-organisational collaboration to ensure pace of progress.

We caught up with Alberto to gain his thoughts, prior to his presentation:

“How to increase the profile of the telecoms team within utilities is the $1m question! I feel that there are a number of ways, however there are three that immediately come to mind:

  1. Further technical training and qualifications are needed for the industry to understand the role of the telecoms function.
  2. There is a misconception as to what telecoms is and is not. It is difficult to distinguish where the remit of the telecoms team starts and ends, both in OT and IT, or to identify who is responsible for some grey areas between telecoms and power engineers.
  3. The role of telecoms will be heightened once Smart Grid becomes more ubiquitous, meaning more grid monitoring, automation and control. When we fully realise the benefits of automation, which has an increased reliance on the telecoms function, we will see the profile of the telecoms function heightened.

To solve this, we need to first look at increasing the cross-fertilisation of knowledge of power systems and telecoms engineers. There is a lack of training at university level on telecoms for power systems, although the Comillas Pontifical University, Madrid and the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, supported by Iberdrola, are jointly addressing this with their MSc on Smart Grids.

We should also be conscious of the lack of alignment between the upgrading cycles of telecoms and power networks. Power grid assets can be upgraded every 25 years, telecoms more likely every 10. This creates a disconnect between power and telecoms. We should also be aiming for telecoms and power engineers to work more collaboratively to solve common issues. By cooperating further during the planning stage, we can solve connectivity issues that may arise after a new asset, for example a new substation, has been implemented. By encouraging greater knowledge sharing and cooperation between power and telecoms engineers we will have a greater understanding of the requirements to complete each other’s roles.”


Alberto’s will be one of 14+ utility telecom case-studies being shared at Utility Telecoms 2020Alongside the case-study agenda, you will benefit from:

  • Utility Strategy Panel
  • Technology Innovation Panel
  • 90-minute tutorial focused on Tele-protection over MPLS
  • End-user driven roundtable discussions
  • Networking evening reception open to all participants
  • Solution zone displaying state-of-the-art utility telecom products and services

What previous attendees had to say:

This conference provided an array of technically detailed presentations. Rather than being too generic and high level, the material presented facilitated much learning in a short time frame. There was also an excellent level or informal interaction amongst participants. A couple of days that were certainly well spent.”
Cormac Long, IP Technical Consultant – ESB Ireland
“Once again Smart Grid Forums has presented a high quality conference focused on one of the most important challenges for utilities. An excellent blend of conference sessions, exhibition and networking that enabled participants to have highly successful, driven, forward-looking and open discussions.”
Aurelio Blanquet, Director for Networks Digital Platform – EDP Distribuição
“Smart Grid Forums events are always well organised. Besides inspiring speeches, the talks with experts from all sections of the energy sector are particularly interesting. I am very much looking forward to the next event.”
Jos Zenner, CTO – Welotec

Register today

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:

Call:    +44 (0)20 8057 1700

Email:  registration@smartgrid-forums.com

Visit:    Utility Telecoms 2020

We look forward to welcoming you to Amsterdam in February 2020!


Meet EDF, Stedin, EDP, Fingrid, Stattnet, TenneT and many more

We are now less than 3 weeks away from the 3rd annual Utility Telecoms 2020 conference, exhibition and networking forum.

Don’t miss the opportunity to gain deep practical insights into the roadmap that needs to be developed to transform the utility telecom function and accelerate the migration to MPLS networks to achieve a fully secure, reliable and completely visible grid. Benefit from stepping back and assessing how you can raise the profile of your telecoms department to attract more investment and headcount, manage the migration to next generation MPLS networks, and drive your public carrier partnerships to a higher level, to ensure grid security, reliability and visibility.

The response to this implementation-focused programme so far has been great and places are filling up fast! Register today to secure your place amongst Europe’s leading utility telecom professionals.

To give you an idea of who you can meet, here is a selection of our confirmed attendees so far…

Communication Architect – Bayernwerk
Project expert – EDF
Assistant Director, Networks Digital Platform – EDP
Asset Manager Networks – Electricity Authority of Cyprus
Technical Advisor – EUTC
Network and Security Specialist – Fingrid
Telecommunications Projector Manager – Iberdrola
Head of Telecoms – Innogy
Telecommunications Architect – Liander
CTO – Orkufjarskipti
Head of Telecommunications Development Department – REN
Engineer – Statnett
Network Engineer – Statnett
Avdelingsingenioer – Statnett
Engineer – Statnett
SFCTO – Stedin
Senior Telecom Specialist – Stedin
Business Developer – TenneT
Information Security Officer – Tennet TSO GmbH
Senior Advisor – U.S. Department of Energy
Business Development Director – ABB Power Grids (Denmark)
Business Director Intelligent Networks & Communication – DNV GL Netherlands
Technical Executive – EPRI
Sales Director Europe – Loop Telecom
Global Energy Practice Leader – Nokia Solutions and Network GmbH & Co. KG
Systems Solution Engineer – Nokia Solutions and Network GmbH & Co. KG
CTO UKI Energy / Utilities Solution Sales – Nokia Solutions and Network GmbH & Co. KG
Regional Sales Manager North West Europe – OTN Systems
Business Development Manager – OTN Systems
Director of the Institute for Automation of Complex Power Systems – RWTH Aachen University
Product Manager – Siemens
Key Account Manager – Telenor
Ingeniero Control y Telecomunicación – Transelec S.A.
Lecturer – University of Strathclyde
Market Director, Energy Networks – Westermo Network Technologies
…with many more in the process of finalising their audience.

Alberto’s will be one of 14+ utility telecom case-studies being shared at Utility Telecoms 2020Alongside the case-study agenda, you will benefit from:

  • Utility Strategy Panel
  • Technology Innovation Panel
  • 90-minute tutorial focused on Tele-protection over MPLS
  • End-user driven roundtable discussions
  • Networking evening reception open to all participants
  • Solution zone displaying state-of-the-art utility telecom products and services
“This conference provided an array of technically detailed presentations. Rather than being too generic and high level, the material presented facilitated much learning in a short time frame. There was also an excellent level or informal interaction amongst participants. A couple of days that were certainly well spent.”
Cormac Long, IP Technical Consultant – ESB Ireland
“Once again Smart Grid Forums has presented a high quality conference focused on one of the most important challenges for utilities. An excellent blend of conference sessions, exhibition and networking that enabled participants to have highly successful, driven, forward-looking and open discussions.”
Aurelio Blanquet, Director for Networks Digital Platform – EDP Distribuição
“Smart Grid Forums events are always well organised. Besides inspiring speeches, the talks with experts from all sections of the energy sector are particularly interesting. I am very much looking forward to the next event.”
Jos Zenner, CTO – Welotec

Early Bird Rate Expires Friday 31 January

Telecoms functions within European distribution grids must invest and enhance in order to help DSOs and TSOs realise the potential of smart grid assets. The pace of change within telecoms – 5G, advances in packet switch networks – is placing significant emphasis on the imperative need to upgrade current infrastructure.

At Smart Grid Forums’ Utility Telecoms 2020, telecoms, network planning and asset management heads from Europe’s major utilities will convene to benchmark the current level of investment within telecoms infrastructure and agree how the industry will move forwards.

Join them at this technical implementation conference to understand existing progress and expectations within Europe and take the best strategies back to run in your organisation.

The Early Bird rate will expire soon!
Register before Friday 31st January 2020 to save €200 on delegate places and €1,000 on Exhibitor spaces.

Do not miss this chance to hear from 14+ utilities spearheading some of the most advanced utility telecoms engineering implementations across Europe and internationally!

What is on the agenda?

There are 6 core issues we will cover, allowing you to gain a comprehensive understanding of the implementation requirements:

  • Telecom network refurbishment – establishing a robust framework to maximise lifecycles of legacy infrastructure whilst effectively integrating next generation IP-enabled technologies
  • System design – testing, configuring, and futureproofing systems and advanced utility telecom solutions to support the modernisation of the smart grid
  • System architecture – engineering traffic flows to effectively manage high volumes of data across medium to low voltage distribution networks
  • Advanced G networks – fully leveraging 5G capabilities within wireless communication infrastructures to ensure ultra-low latency and guaranteed levels of redundancy
  • Public carrier relationships – establishing greater trust between utilities and public telco providers to maintain high QoS and ensure utility needs are met
  • Cybersecurity – fully protecting telecom networks through advanced prevention and detection systems in alignment with telecom network transformations

Programme Intention

Intensity:You will look to solve the implementation challenges restricting the adoption of new telecoms technologies and understand the new normal for telecoms networks.
Immersion:
Benefit from a learning experience where structured presentations will be combined with breakout group work and interactive Q&A sessions to cater for a range of learning styles.
Inspiration: 
Attendees are those who want to gain new ideas from outside their current environment, seek to unblock the implementation, investment and organisational challenges impeding progress

Save a further 10% on 3+ delegates booked from the same organisation at the same time. Ensuring the telecoms engineering function are on the same page with implementation strategies will allow smooth integration of new telecoms technologies alongside smart grid assets

Register today:

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:

Call:     +44 (0)20 8057 1700

Email:  registration@smartgrid-forums.com

Visit:    Utility Telecoms 2020

We look forward to welcoming you to Amsterdam in February 2020

PS: Early Bird Rate! Save €200 on delegate places and €1,000 on Exhibitor spaces by booking before 31st January 2020!

PPS: Group booking discount! Save a further 10% on 3+ delegates booked from the same organisation at the same time.


Case Study: Telecom Workforce Management

The pace of change within smart grid telecoms infrastructure has never been greater. Responsibility for ensuring, and improving, the reliable exchange of complex data to realise the vast benefits of smart grid technology falls on the telecoms function, and organisational support is crucial to delivering these vital upgrades. Telecoms engineers are working to gain support from the board through to engineering colleagues to ensure financial and implementation support. Knowledge and skill transfer between telecom network engineers and electrical engineers within DSOs and TSOs will support the rapid, cost-effective and successful implementation of new telecoms network technology.

5G technology will be one of the revolutionary improvements to the smart grid telecoms network. Antonello Monti of the E.ON Energy Research Centrewill join us at Smart Grid Forums’ Utility Telecoms 2020Conference to outline how E.ON are implementing 5G technology with additional functionality for multiple functions beyond the telecoms network. By involving, educating and engaging cross-organisational departments as part of the implementation process E.ON are aiming to provide a smooth implementation, delivery and adoption of 5G technology.

Antonello Monti
Antonello Monti – Director of the Institute for Automation of Complex Power Systems – E.ON Energy Research Centre – RWTH Aachen University

We asked Antonello to share some insights into the work of E.ON prior to delivering his proven use-case at the conference:

What were the business drivers for this project?
Main business driver is to develop automation as a service. By using digitalisation, engineers can deploy automation with limited hardware. The intelligence is run on edge cloud. This simplifies and allows whoever to use this [across the organisation] as a service. Many people don’t have the competence to deploy a large-scale IT infrastructure. It is critical that 5G gets deployed at the full capability. Some telecoms are thinking of low versions of 5G. It is not about the stepped of 5G it is about network slicing and edge ground.
How can utilities get Board approval and investment?
This project is research and innovation action with the EC. Companies often get fully funded, it is quite easy to get support. It is a co-operative process with other utilities directly involved. Developed solutions are deployed in the network so the project has no risk [to utilities] because the government is paying.
What do the early results indicate?
In one use case the fault location, FLIZER analysis, we got very interesting results which says the ROI for utilities is really really convenient and very fast. One nice thing is that we will deliver a quite comprehensive software platform as an opensource and make it available for whoever wants to use similar architecture. Every algorithm will be integrated into a generic platform and be open source. If utilities want to experiment they can.
What challenges have you overcome and lessons learnt for the next stage of the project?
The challenge is that 5G is still not deployed, it is the next big thing. Deployment needs to come at the right time to fully support the project idea. However, we got funded in another platform. The timing is very important before people lose interest. Too much stress is being put on the speed of 5G, but others say they don’t need that speed. You don’t get edge cloud and slicing with 4G. Some challenge are just very practical, sometimes it’s as simple as things that didn’t work. Getting all of the business together was also a challenge. The experience of using technology [across the organisation] is very limited and everything takes more time, so there was a learning curve. A lot of new sensors and interfaces and new 5G architecture are being used, so a lot of it was trial and error.
What is your roadmap for the next 2-3 years? 
We are expanding the use-cases and testing in larger scenarios and working with other utilities, one is from Germany, Italy and Greece. Before Romania and Ireland. We will be testing this platform in a way that allow you to get full functionality of 5G, but can run other communication media. Tests are partly ongoing, the feedback was very positive, our clients asked us to make the demo size bigger.

Antonello will be one of 14+ utility telecom case-studies being shared at Utility Telecoms 2020. Alongside the case-study agenda, you will benefit from a utility strategy panel on day one, a technology innovation panel on day two, a 90-minute tutorial focused on Tele-protection over MPLS on day three, a series of facilitated networking events such as the end-user driven roundtable discussions, the networking evening reception open to all participants, and a solution zone displaying state-of-the-art utility telecom products and services.

Speakers include:

  • Alberto Sendin, Telecommunications Project Manager – Iberdrola
  • Cyrille Gerard, Project Manager – EDF
  • Pauli Laine, Information Security & Data Networks Specialist – Fingrid
  • Jurgen Tusch, Head of Telecommunications, Grid & Infrastructure Segment – Innogy
  • Sergio Ramos Pinto, Associate Director, Digital Grid, Networks’ Digital Platform – EDP
  • Peter Hermans, CTO – Stedin
  • Bas Kruimer, Business Director, Intelligent Networks & Communication – DNV-GL
  • Wolfgang Zeitler, Network Architect – Bayernwerk
  • Julian Stafford, Technical Advisor – EUTC

Register today:

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:

Call:     +44 (0)20 8057 1700

Email:  registration@smartgrid-forums.com

Visit:    Utility Telecoms 2020

We look forward to welcoming you to Amsterdam in February 2020

PS: Early Bird Rate! Save €200 on delegate places and €1,000 on Exhibitor spaces by booking before 31st January 2020!

PPS: Group booking discount! Save a further 10% on 3+ delegates booked from the same organisation at the same time.


Case Study: Fingrid on Telecom Cybersecurity

As utility telecom networks migrate to IP/MPLS, cybersecurity risks increase exponentially. Regardless of how well telecom technology suppliers embed security by design into their products, these measures date quickly as hackers find and exploit new points of entry, rapidly rendering new security measures ineffective.

Utility telecom teams cannot rest on their laurels, they must find new and more advanced ways to monitor their networks, isolate attacks, limit the impact, and restore the grid and all its supporting infrastructure back to high levels of reliability and resilience. At Fingrid, the cybersecurity team are employing innovative ways of pinpointing security vulnerabilities and employing advanced prevention and detection measures to stay one step ahead of attackers.

This week we spoke with Pauli Laine, Information Security and Data Networks Specialist at Fingrid, who has been spearheading a Blue Team Red Team exercise to help boost security across their network. Pauli will be sharing this experience at Utility Telecoms 2020, and this week gave us a sneak peek into what his presentation will share:

“This exercise was focused on testing the reactivity of Fingrid in as realistic a Cyber Attack scenario as possible. For this reason, Fingrid ICT staff did not know about the attack in advance. The attacking party was chosen to be one security company in Finland who has a success rate of 100%. One of the goals was set to penetrate and compromise in to Fingrid in any way possible, even cause minor damage if needed to achieve the goal. Other goal was to reach confidential information either physically or remotely (via the network) and access some of the server rooms and one confidential room. All goals were achieved. The attack lasted for 3 months and consisted of a broad variety of techniques and methods.

This presentation demonstrates how the attack was seen or unseen during the whole attack period and how the Blue Team performed. During the three months Blue Team was pressured by Red Team, who was attacking physically, network & users were continually being penetrated and systems were compromised one after another. Even Red Team was always one step ahead, Blue Team was getting closer until the final stage was reached: getting rid of the attacker. All the goals were achieved, there were some highlights in the Blue Team, Fingrid staff reactions and Red Team performance. The results of this exercise were to recognize the most severe weaknesses that exists and to establish the improvements.

My presentation at Utility Telecom 2020 will include some improvements made after the attacks to strengthen existing counter measures and might also give some answers to listeners if they share the same kind of weaknesses in their own environment and how to improve them.”

Pauli’s will be one of 14+ utility telecom case studies being shared at Utility Telecoms 2020. Alongside the case study agenda, you will benefit from a utility strategy panel on day one, a technology innovation panel on day two, a 90-minute tutorial focused on Tele-protection over MPLS on day three, a series of facilitated networking events such as the end-user driven roundtable discussions, the networking evening reception open to all participants, and a solution zone displaying state-of-the-art utility telecom products and services.

Register now

Speakers Include:

  • Alberto Sendin, Telecommunications Project Manager – Iberdrola
  • Cyrille Gerard, Project Manager – EDF
  • Pauli Laine, Information Security & Data Networks Specialist – Fingrid
  • Jurgen Tusch, Head of Telecommunications, Grid & Infrastructure Segment – Innogy
  • Sergio Ramos Pinto, Associate Director, Digital Grid, Networks’ Digital Platform – EDP
  • Peter Hermans, CTO – Stedin
  • Bas Kruimer, Business Director, Intelligent Networks & Communication – DNV-GL
  • Wolfgang Zeitler, Network Architect – Bayernwerk
  • Julian Stafford, Technical Advisor – EUTC

Register Today

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:

Call:     +44 (0)20 8057 1700

Email:  registration@smartgrid-forums.com

Visit:    Utility Telecoms 2020

We look forward to welcoming you to Amsterdam in February 2020!

PS: Early Bird Rate! Save €200 on delegate places and €1,000 on Exhibitor spaces by booking before 31st January 2020!

PPS: Group booking discount! Save a further 10% on 3+ delegates booked from the same organisation at the same time.


Join the Solution Zone

With just over two months to go until the Utility Telecoms 2020 conference, exhibition and networking forum, this is the final call for solution providers who want to join us in Amsterdam in February 2020.

If you know of an up and coming telecoms solution provider that you would like to meet in our solution zone, please get in touch at registration@smartgrid-forums.com.

This is an unparalleled opportunity to meet 100+ utility telecoms professionals from across Europe whilst gaining direct insight into the sector through 14+ implementation case studies. Participate in a series of intimate roundtable discussions with peers from the telecoms community and exchange transformational ideas and opportunities for collaboration during the evening network reception.

Supplier categories of greatest interest to our end-user utility audience include:

  • Telecom component suppliers
  • Telecom system suppliers
  • Cybersecurity software suppliers
  • Public telco providers/public carriers
  • System integrators
  • Testing & certification services

Capped at 10 stands, we ensure a focused and relevant display of the latest tools, technologies and services for our audience and maximum visibility for each exhibitor, so contact us today at registration@smartgrid-forums.com to recommend the solution providers you want to see in 2020!

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Speakers include:

  • Alberto Sendin, Telecommunications Project Manager – Iberdrola
  • Julian Stafford, Technical Advisor – EUTC
  • Pauli Laine, Information Security & Data Networks Specialist – Fingrid
  • Klaas Hoomes, Business Developer – Tennet
  • Sergio Ramos Pinto, Associate Director, Digital Grid, Networks’ Digital Platform
  • Peter Hermans, CTO – Stedin
  • Tim Godfrey, Technical Director – EPRI
  • Jurgen Tusch, Head of Telecommunications, Grid & Infrastructure Segment – Innogy
  • Cyrille Gerard, Project Manager – EDF
  • Jackie Karlsen, Key Account Manager – Telenor
  • Erik Moll, Telecom Policy Advisor – Alliander
  • Bas Mulder, Senior Consultant OT – Stedin
  • Wolfgang Zeitler, Network Architect – Bayernwerk
  • Antonello Monti, Director of the Institute for Automation of Complex Power Systems – E.ON Energy Research Centre – RWTH Aachen University
  • Pal Josten, Lead IT Infrastructure – Eidsiva
  • Dominique Verhulst, Global Energy Practice Leader – Nokia
  • Bas Kruimer, Business Director Intelligent Networks & Communication – DNV-GL
  • Steven Blair, Lecturer – University of Strathclyde

View all speakers

Register Today

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:

Call:     +44 (0)20 8057 1700

Email:  registration@smartgrid-forums.com

Visit:    Utility Telecoms 2020

We look forward to welcoming you to Amsterdam in February 2020!

PS: Early Bird Rate! Save €200 on delegate places and €1,000 on Exhibitor spaces by booking before 31st January 2020!

PPS: Group booking discount! Save a further 10% on 3+ delegates booked from the same organisation at the same time.


Very Early Bird Rate Expires This Friday!

We are now just 11 weeks away from the 3rd annual Utility Telecoms 2020 conference. The response to this year’s utility driven, implementation focused programme has been incredible! To secure your place at the Very Early Bird rate, saving you €400 on delegate places and€2,000 on exhibition spaces, visit the registration page of the event website and secure your place before thisFriday 13th December 2019.

With the attendance of utility telecom professionals from across leading TSOs and DSOs in Europe, reviewing 14+ implementation case-studies, this is the go-to event designed specifically for motivated telecom leaders determined to take their utility telecom strategy to the next level!

This is the only conference of its kind, providing deep practical insights into the roadmaps being developed to transform the utility telecom function and accelerate the migration to MPLS networks to achieve a fully secure, reliable and completely visible grid.

Discussion themes include:

Telecom network refurbishment
Establishing a robust framework to maximise lifecycles of legacy infrastructure whilst effectively integrating next generation IP-enabled technologies
System design
Testing, configuring, and futureproofing systems and advanced utility telecom solutions to support the modernisation of the smart grid
System architecture
Engineering traffic flows to effectively manage high volumes of data across medium to low voltage distribution networks
Public carrier relationships
Establishing greater trust between utilities and public telco providers to maintain high QoS and ensure utility needs are met 
Advanced G networks
Fully leveraging 5G capabilities within wireless communication infrastructures to ensure ultra-low latency and guaranteed levels of redundancy
Cybersecurity
Fully protecting telecom networks through advanced prevention and detection systems in alignment with telecom network transformations

View the full programme

Speakers include:

  • Alberto Sendin, Telecommunications Project Manager – Iberdrola
  • Julian Stafford, Technical Advisor – EUTC
  • Pauli Laine, Information Security & Data Networks Specialist – Fingrid
  • Klaas Hoomes, Business Developer – Tennet
  • Sergio Ramos Pinto, Associate Director, Digital Grid, Networks’ Digital Platform
  • Peter Hermans, CTO – Stedin
  • Tim Godfrey, Technical Director – EPRI
  • Jurgen Tusch, Head of Telecommunications, Grid & Infrastructure Segment – Innogy
  • Cyrille Gerard, Project Manager – EDF
  • Jackie Karlsen, Key Account Manager – Telenor
  • Erik Moll, Telecom Policy Advisor – Alliander
  • Bas Mulder, Senior Consultant OT – Stedin
  • Wolfgang Zeitler, Network Architect – Bayernwerk
  • Antonello Monti, Director of the Institute for Automation of Complex Power Systems – E.ON Energy Research Centre – RWTH Aachen University
  • Pal Josten, Lead IT Infrastructure – Eidsiva
  • Dominique Verhulst, Global Energy Practice Leader – Nokia
  • Bas Kruimer, Business Director Intelligent Networks & Communication – DNV-GL
  • Steven Blair, Lecturer – University of Strathclyde

View all speakers

Testimonials from past editions:

“This conference provided an array of technically detailed presentations. Rather than being too generic and high level, the material presented facilitated much learning in a short time frame. There was also an excellent level or informal interaction amongst participants. A couple of days that were certainly well spent.”
Cormac LongIP Technical Consultant – ESB Ireland
“Once again Smart Grid Forums has presented a high quality conference focused on one of the most important challenges for utilities. An excellent blend of conference sessions, exhibition and networking that enabled participants to have highly successful, driven, forward-looking and open discussions.”
Aurelio BlanquetDirector for Networks Digital Platform – EDP
“Lots of very technical presentations! Very interesting and diversified.”
Christophe BechetRéférent Télécom et Cybersécurité – EDF
“A great opportunity to access energy sector trends and increase knowledge and share experiences.”
Sandra Monteirn, IT Specialist – TAESA

Register Today

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:

Call:     +44 (0)20 8057 1700

Email:  registration@smartgrid-forums.com

Visit:    Utility Telecoms 2020

We look forward to welcoming you to Amsterdam in February 2020!

PS: Very Early Bird Rate! Save €400 on delegate places and €2,000 on Exhibitor spaces by booking before Friday 13 December 2019!

PPS: Group booking discount! Save a further 10% on 3+ delegates booked from the same organisation at the same time.


Registration is Live!

Registration is now live for the 3rd annual Utility Telecoms 2020 conference, exhibition and networking forum. This is your opportunity to step back and assess how you can raise the profile of your telecoms department to attract more investment and headcount in the year ahead, to manage the migration to next generation MPLS networks with more ease, and to drive your partnerships with public carriers to a higher level to ensure grid security, reliability and visibility.

With 14+ utility telecom case-studies scheduled over three intensive days, this is a great opportunity for you to drill deeper into the technical details of the migration process, to understand the implications of the full range of new telecom technologies including 5G, to establish the most effective traffic engineering approaches to ensure full network optimisation, to implement the best network management approaches to ensure full LV grid visibility, and to enforce effective public carrier SLAs to guarantee QoS.

So don’t delay! Book your place today, and forward this email to colleagues in other departments who are involved in the implementation of next generation telecom networks, as well as to technology partners and public carrier colleagues, so that all those involved in the migration to MPLS networks are present and able to contribute to this transformational conversation.

Register Now

Discussion themes include:

Telecom network refurbishment: Establishing a robust framework to maximise lifecycles of legacy infrastructure whilst effectively integrating next generation IP-enabled technologies

System architecture: Engineering traffic flows to effectively manage high volumes of data across medium to low voltage distribution networks

Advanced G networks: Fully leveraging 5G capabilities within wireless communication infrastructures to ensure ultra-low latency and guaranteed levels of redundancy

System design: Testing, configuring, and futureproofing systems and advanced utility telecom solutions to support the modernisation of the smart grid

Public carrier relationships: Establishing greater trust between utilities and public telco providers to maintain high QoS and ensure utility needs are met

Cybersecurity: Fully protecting telecom networks through advanced prevention and detection systems in alignment with telecom network transformations

View the full programme

Speakers include:

  • Alberto Sendin, Telecommunications Project Manager – Iberdrola
  • Julian Stafford, Technical Advisor – EUTC
  • Pauli Laine, Information Security & Data Networks Specialist – Fingrid
  • Klaas Hoomes, Business Developer – Tennet
  • Sergio Ramos Pinto, Associate Director, Digital Grid, Networks’ Digital Platform
  • Peter Hermans, CTO – Stedin
  • Tim Godfrey, Technical Director – EPRI
  • Jurgen Tusch, Head of Telecommunications, Grid & Infrastructure Segment – Innogy
  • Cyrille Gerard, Project Manager – EDF
  • Jackie Karlsen, Key Account Manager – Telenor
  • Erik Moll, Telecom Policy Advisor – Alliander
  • Bas Mulder, Senior Consultant OT – Stedin
  • Wolfgang Zeitler, Network Architect – Bayernwerk
  • Antonello Monti, Director of the Institute for Automation of Complex Power Systems – E.ON Energy Research Centre – RWTH Aachen University
  • Pal Josten, Lead IT Infrastructure – Eidsiva
  • Dominique Verhulst, Global Energy Practice Leader – Nokia
  • Bas Kruimer, Business Director Intelligent Networks & Communication – DNV-GL
  • Steven Blair, Lecturer – University of Strathclyde

View all speakers

Join the Solution Zone

Would you like the opportunity to raise your brand profile, demonstrate your products and services, and share your expertise with a highly concentrated and influential group of utility telecom experts and implementation leaders?

Our adjoining exhibition area provides the perfect platform for you to do this and more! Capped at 10 stands we ensure a focused and relevant display of the latest utility telecom tools and technologies for our audience and maximum visibility and interaction levels for each exhibitor.

View exhibition opportunities

Register Today

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:

Call:     +44 (0)20 8057 1700

Email:  registration@smartgrid-forums.com

Visit:    Utility Telecoms 2020

We look forward to welcoming you to Amsterdam in February 2020!

PS: Very Early Bird Rate! Save €400 on delegate places and €2,000 on Exhibitor spaces by booking before Friday 13 December 2019!

PPS: Group booking discount! Save a further 10% on 3+ delegates booked from the same organisation at the same time.


Save the date for Utility Telecoms 2020

We are delighted to announce the dates and location of the 3rd annual Utility Telecoms 2020 event, which takes place in Amsterdam between 25 – 27 February 2020.This techno-commercial meeting is designed specifically to address the information needs of utility telecom professionals. So, mark your diary, inform your colleagues and line managers, and invite your technology partners for this intensive case study driven conference.

As the migration from TDM to PSN technology begins to intensify, this is presenting invaluable opportunities to explore different technology options such as IP-MPLS, MPLS-TP and advanced 5G networks. Yet, the opportunities promised for fully leveraging these technologies come with significant challenges that need to be overcome. Highly secure and reliable systems and processes need to be put in place to effectively monitor increasing traffic flows, as well as an established internal skill set to fully prepare telecom engineers for the fast-paced changes of the modern grid.

Utility Telecoms 2020 will draw together utility telecom professionals from across Europe for three days of implementation focused case studies, essential technology procurement conversations, and a highly focused networking forum designed specifically for motivated telecom leaders determined to take their utility telecom strategy to the next level! This is the only conference of its kind, providing deep practical insights into the roadmap that needs to be developed to transform the utility telecom function and accelerate the migration to MPLS networks to achieve a fully secure, reliable and completely visible grid.

As we finalise the programme and speaker line-up, here is a sneak-peek of how the agenda and speaker line-up are shaping up, to help plan your preparation:

Speakers confirmed to date:

  • Pal Josten, Lead IT Infrastructure – Eidsiva Energi
  • Tim Godfrey, Technical Director – EPRI
  • Cyrille Gerard, Project Manager – EDF
  • Bas Mulder, Senior Consultant OT – STEDIN
  • Ullrich Feuchtinger, Product Manager – SIEMENS
  • Wolfgang Zeitler, Network Architect – Bayernwerk
  • Steven Blair, Lecturer – University of Strathclyde
  • Dominique Verhulst, Global Energy Practice Leader – Nokia
  • Alberto Sendin, Telecommunications Project Manager – Iberdrola
  • Bas Kruimer, Business Director Intelligent Networks & Communication – DNV-GL
  • Antonello Monti, Director of the Institute for automation of Complex Power Systems – RWTH Aachen University

Find out more here.

Just some of the topics to be discussed include:

Day One

Transitioning from TDM to PSN

Leveraging advanced utility telecom technologies to ensure secure, reliable and flexible connection within the evolving grid

Telecom Department Profile

Raising the profile of the telecoms department on the organisational agedna to accelerate the roll out of advanced telecom networks across all grid domains

Migrating to MPLS

Establishing the roadmap for designing and configuring a resilient and scalable MPLS system across the network

Cybersecurity

Ensuring the advanced prevention and detection systems are upgraded in alignment with your telecom network transformation

Securing Investment

Building a robust business case to gain instant board approval and secure ongoing investment to support the expansion and development of telecom networks

Leveraging 5G

Fully leveraging ultra-low latency 5G capabilites and understanding how this can be applied to PTP distribution over wireless communication infrastructure

Diversifying the Telecom Workforce

Defining the range of skills required of telecom engineers as telecommunication networks expand and developing an in-house training programme to support their needs

Day Two

Private LTE

Accelerating the migration from a mixed to private LTE for more reliable and secure communication

TC-TP Convergence

Defining a single network for teleprotection and telecontrol servies to maintain complete control of your network

DER Integration

Designing a modernised plug-in network architecture to accommodate an increasingly flexible and complex grid

Real-time Monitoring and Control

Leveraging new high speed, low latency tools to establish fully synchronised inertia across all grid domains

Triple Redundancies

Re-engineering traffic flow to aid preparation for worst case grid scenarios and ensure fully secure, reliable and flexible point to point connectivity at all times

Traffic Engineering

Optimising network traffic flows as the influx of high-volume granular data increases sharply across the distribution grid

LV Network Monitoring

Understanding the implications of introdcing LV monitoring on in-house training programme for telecom engineeers to achieve greater workforce engagement

Day Three

Retrofitting Legacy Telecom Infrastructure

Developing a migration plan that maximises end of lifecycle legacy telecom equipment whilst introducing next generation IP-enabled technologies. Mixing the old and new

Optimising PLC for Smart Metering

Fully leveraging different PPLC communications and frequencies to optimise a system design with a wide range of LV Smart Grid applications

Operating TP with MPLS

Pinpointing the specific design requirements for large scale MPLS networks with a backbone of teleprotection and guaranteed level of redundancy

Public Carrier Partnerships

Establishing greater trust between utilities and public telco providers to ensure consistently high QoS levels

Field Area Network Management

Effectively managing advanced, large scale wireless networks to guarantee lower latency and higher reliability

Service Level Agreements (SLA)

Clearly defining specific utility needs to maintain high QoS and effectively meet utility need

Data Protection and Privacy

Establishing full control and visibility of your network when working with public carriers to maximise the security and protection of mission-critical grid data

View the full programme here.

Join the Solution Zone

This is an unparalleled opportunity to meet with 10+ pioneering suppliers of next generation utility telecoms tools and technologies. Get hands on and personal with the latest innovations and take advantage of this tech-intensive and time-efficient way to stay abreast of the solutions on the market and on the horizon.

So, don’t delay! Contact us today to recommend the up and coming Utility Telecom tech innovators that you’d like to see in the zone this year

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To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:

Call:     +44 (0)20 8057 1700

Email:  registration@smartgrid-forums.com

Visit:    Utility Telecoms 2020

We look forward to welcoming you to Amsterdam in February 2020!

PS: Very Early Bird Rate! Save €400 on delegate places and €2,000 on Exhibitor spaces by booking before Friday 13 December 2019!

PPS: Group booking discount! Save a further 10% on 3+ delegates booked from the same organisation at the same time.