Strategic aspects of cooperation between
telecommunication and the energy sector –
perspectives from a DSO
Head of Access Networks, Telecom Department, Enedis Chair of Spectrum Committee, EUTC
Update from the Radio Spectrum of the
European Utility Telecom Council (EUTC)
Why electricity is so important in today’s society
Many national services and infrastructures rely on electricity: Industrial processes
-one day private transport
A critical need for communications
Therefore utilities (especially DSOs) need telecommunications services that are :
Efficient SCADA/RTUs(data) and
Use of commercial networks vs. private networks
When utility requirements are close to the target audience of the telcos, it’s an easy choice
But when additional requirements are added for mission critical services, e.g.:
Coverage (important RTUs even in remote areas) Latency (for safety reasons)
Security (physical separation of critical data)
Resilience (to escape the vicious circle “no electricity/no telecommunications”)
Why spectrum? And what has to be done?
EUTC is working with the Commercial Communication providers, the
European Commission, National and Regional Agencies and projects such as ENERGISE to ensure an understanding of the needs and communication requirements of Utilities such that the most efficient commercial and
technical use of private and commercial solutions can be delivered for utility use.
Even if some utilities can deploy fibre networks, the cost-effectiveness and coverage requirements tip the scales in favour of wireless communications. Spectrum is needed.
Utilities are not recognised users of spectrum by the World Radio Council, a situation EUTC and its global family (UTC, AUTC, UTCC, UTCLA) are trying to rectify.
First steps in the recognition of utilities as
We currently have a Technical Report draft in the ETSI standardization
process, hosted by ERM-TGDMR : DTR/ERM-TGDMR-340 Smart Grid
Systems suitable for Utility Operations, and spectrum requirements.
The TR highlights:
Systems suitable for Smart Grids, e.g. to include at least the following essential criteria:
very high link availability >30km link lengths
priority access, stringent end-to-end latency requirements coverage to remote / unpopulated areas
licensed self-managed spectrum in a variety of bands (e.g. 400 MHz [including the FIXED / MOBILE sub-bands that have a European Common Allocation for Mobile systems and] 1400 / 1500 MHz)
ability for Best Practice resilient operation.
The essential requirements for systems suitable for other Utility Operations radio systems.
Enedis’ approach for cooperation towards
Enedis in a few figures
1.3 million km of lines
MV: 700 000 km
LV: 600 000 km
35 million customers
39 000 employees
For wired communications, Enedis rely on commercial operators services
A few exceptions :
Linky smart meters communicate between customer homes and MV/LV substations in PLC
In Paris, a copper/FO networks is operated by Enedis No plan (even long term) to deploy a FO network
But we can facilitate the deployment of fibre optics by offering to use our poles and ducts
We operate a private 70 MHZ radio network in addition to the mobile phones used by our technicians on the field
Today, it is the key to escape the no “electricity/no telecommunications” vicious circle
It also supports the control/command of 20 000+ legacy RTUs But it can’t accommodate the new devices/RTUs
IP based protocols More verbose
Possible cyber-attacks: remote administration is required New smart grid operations
The default choice will be operated M2M services
But how can we make it more reliable and more cost-effective ? We are now studying the benefits of eUICC
If the SIM card is not owned by the operator, we can lower the costs of reversibility (costs we may have to pay each time we sign a new contract)
It should allow a dynamic MNO switching when the main MNO is down
Cooperation with telcos in crisis management
The dialogue can take place at different levels
Between “vitally important industries”, in state-led processes In advance, to prepare strategic plans (e.g. river Seine flooding in Paris)
In emergency, to get the job done
Between large nationwide network operators To exchange best practices
Of course we already share some radio sites Between client and supplier
Food for thoughts for the “Co-operation in critical
operation status” working group
Can an operator (with its commercial network) and a utility (with its private network) be partners in the creation of a ‘sovereign’ PPDR network?
Can win-win procedures be established for a quicker resolution of crisis situations?
Installation of mobile generators for the most useful BTS
Deployment of mobile BTS where needed to restore the grid Can a utility negotiate a ‘premium’ service?
Warranty for no SPOF between normal and backup communication for most critical sites
Priority for utility critical communications
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