Nokia to Supply IP/MPLS Network to Finnish Utility
Tuesday, December 03, 2019 | Comments

Fingrid, Finland’s national transmission system operator, selected Nokia to build an IP/multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) network to support the digital transformation of its national electrical grid.

Fingrid will use the network to operate 120 high-voltage substations and control 14,600 kilometers of power transmission across the country. The new smart grid is needed to manage the increasing adoption of variable distributed energy resources, such as wind, solar and micro-generation using bioenergy.

As one of Europe’s leading users of renewable energy, Finland’s power transmission network is being upgraded to meet the changing character of energy generation. Solar and wind generation, for example, require a more agile and automated grid to manage the variable, two-way power flows by automatically ramping and balancing inputs and outputs. This calls for new distributed energy resource management systems, which need a highly reliable, secure communications system to monitor, control, coordinate and manage distributed energy assets.

Nokia’s mission-critical IP/MPLS network solution has been deployed by transmission system operators worldwide, supporting supervisory control and data acquisition systems (SCADA), teleprotection and current differential systems, which demand stringent control of latency and jitter. The project is in partnership with NetNordic, a longstanding Nokia channel partner.

“We are committed to realizing the potential of renewable energy generation and are embarking on an ambitious transformation of our national grid to make it smarter and more flexible,” said Kari Suominen, head of ICT for Fingrid. “Nokia’s IP/MPLS solution plays an important role in the digital transformation of our distributed energy resource management by providing us with a reliable, secure and agile communications system that has the potential to support all of our power management needs.”

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