EUTC Finds Communications Key Aspect for Europe’s Winter Package
Wednesday, May 03, 2017 | Comments

Following a successful summit in March, the European Utility Telecom Council (EUTC) concluded that one key aspect for the Clean Energy for All Europeans, known as the Winter Package, proposal is the ability to provide secure, resilient and reliable telecommunications infrastructure to meet the demands and aspirations of the citizens of Europe.

A key outcome from the summit is that EUTC stands ready to support the European Commission, member states and regulators to understand the options to deliver the critical national telecommunications infrastructure that is necessary to enable the clean energy ambitions in the Winter Package.

The energy market design is dependent on the ability to have the right data, in the right place at the right time with the right level of security, privacy, resilience and reliability. EUTC’s members are critical to delivering secure energy supplies, this achieved by maintaining reliable and resilient critical telecommunications infrastructure to ensure the safety, security and operability of the energy network in all events, including blackouts.

During the summit, the European Commission presented the ambition level of the Winter Package in this respect and the key role that new 5G technology would play in the delivery of the energy vertical, amongst others.

EUTC guest speakers and member speakers presented a broad range of topics to investigate the key relationship between telecommunications and the energy infrastructure that delivers the security of supply to citizens across Europe. These topics included innovation, cybersecurity, differences in member states’ infrastructure, regulation, new business models, spectrum and the results of the commission’s H2020 ENERGISE Project for utility and commercial carrier cooperation.

Delegates also brought experiences and knowledge of how current projects, trials and member state differences create both challenges and opportunities. Another key observation is the link between reliable electricity supplies to maintain commercial carrier networks in an operational state and the level of support service agreements deliver when faults occur and electricity is no longer available to power either masts or depleted battery backup systems. This important link is at the heart of observing the electricity system across all geographies in Europe and therefore the security of supply to citizens. This will be key as the reliance placed on 5G continues to deliver critical communications across many verticals, including energy, transport and healthcare.

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