UTC study lays out utility industry's telecom requirements

A new study released by the Utilities Telecom Council (UTC) in conjunction with Verizon, lays out the requirements that utilities and telecom service providers should develop to help utilities build smart energy grids.  

Sponsored by Verizon (NYSE: VZ), the UTC's "Utility Communications Needs: Key Factors That Impact Utility Communications Networks" study examines the technical factors that both utilities and their technology partners have to take into account to deliver utility communication services. 

Among the key issues that were of importance to utilities and the communications links they use were high reliability, higher bandwidth, very low latency, ubiquitous coverage, tight security and uninterrupted power supplies. 

William Moroney, President and CEO of the UTC, says that while utilities realize they need to migrate their existing communications infrastructure, they can't do it completely alone "and best of breed communications service providers will be essential to their success.

Given the diversity of utilities' operations, the study does not provide a one-size-fits-all approach but rather as Rilck Noel, vice president and global managing director of Verizon Business' global energy and utility practice, describes it "an important blueprint for the utility and communications industries to work together, while reinforcing that reliability and security will be two key components to successful smart grid evolution."

For more:
- see the release here

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