New York Hydroelectric Plant Launches Private LTE Pilot with Anterix
Thursday, October 22, 2020 | Comments

Anterix announced its involvement in the New York Power Authority's (NYPA) new project to pilot a private LTE network at its Blenheim-Gilboa hydroelectric plant in Gilboa, N.Y, Schoharie County.

"Creating a resilient and redundant private communications system is key to our nation-leading digital strategy," said Gil C. Quiniones, president and CEO of NYPA. "With the help of the Anterix team, and the support and collaboration of more than a dozen utilities across the nation with whom we have compared notes on LTE deployment, we are excited to pilot a range of use cases at 900 MHz. We believe that collective action by the utility sector embracing private LTE will lead to a broader range of benefits both for utilities and our customers."

As a key part of NYPA's Vision 2020 plan to become the nation's first all-digital utility and leverage connectivity, NYPA will pilot a private LTE system based on 900 MHz broadband spectrum provided by Anterix. The private LTE system will focus on a variety of use cases, including connectivity for NYPA's repair crews, designated digital utility workers, and support for emerging technologies such as using drones to safely monitor and inspect NYPA generation and transmission assets.

"Through this innovative initiative, NYPA is demonstrating continued leadership in its effort to become the 'first end-to-end digital utility' in the country," said Anterix president and CEO Rob Schwartz. "A resilient and scalable private broadband network enables a utility to transport its essential data reliably and securely. Private LTE, as a global standard, allows the forward compatibility to address the wide range of current and future use cases that NYPA and utilities throughout the country will face as they modernize their networks."

Anterix will provide NYPA the necessary consent for the use of its spectrum holdings in the 900 MHz band class 8 pursuant to a broadband experimental license filed with the FCC. This is the second FCC experimental license that NYPA has pursued involving Anterix 900 MHz spectrum as the utility continues to expand the potential use cases to be supported on its private LTE system.

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