Utility Telecoms 2020

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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


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 3691 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.