The importance of eSIM & RSP for utilities and telecommunications

Innovation in the field of SIM cards provides an excellent opportunity for efficiency yet at the same time a challenge if not standardised, especially for utilities and telecommunications! Deepen your understanding on the importance of eSIM and remote SIM provisioning (RSP) for European utilities and telecommunications. 

Save the date for EUTC’s latest webinar on January 12, 2022 and join us from 13 to 14:30 CET! The webinar will focus on two recent advances in SIM technology: embedded SIM (eSIM) and remote SIM provisioning (RSP), becoming more and more important as we march toward a world of increasingly connected people and devices with the Internet of things (IoT).

Join various presentations from a number of key players in the SIM card field, including Stedin, Enexis and Kore along with EUTC, the united voice for European utilities and telecommunications. 

The event is free of charge to all members of EUTC and European regulators. Non-members are welcome to register and can join at a fixed participation fee of 250 EUR (excluding VAT). It is an open meeting where quality experiences, realities and information will be exchanged in a transparent and trusted manner among peers.

EUTC General Assembly

EUTC truly believes in the potential of joining forces to foster energy efficiency, security and a net zero carbon future through developments in utility telecommunications in Europe. 

To celebrate, we are excited to announce the first virtual General Assembly on 9 December 2021 from 16.30 to 18.30 CET.

The assembly will be exclusively for members this year. On the agenda is  a recap of the past year, strategy for the coming year(s) and what this entails in terms of technical activities, advocacy and events.

Don’t miss this opportunity and join our General Assembly!

TCCA Critical Communications World 2021

Critical Communications World 2021 will unite mission-critical and business-critical end-users and manufacturers for the first time in two years.

Join Julian Stafford, EUTC’s Secretary General, in the Panel discussion “International perspectives on the mining, oil, utilities and transportation industry approach, from SCADA to IoT” on November 5 at 12pm CET. 

The utilities, mining, oil and transportation industries all have very specific requirements about their critical communications needs and strategies. This discussion will bring perspectives from around the world on what is needed for effective operations.

LTE | Connecting Futures

Brussels, September 2021

EUTC congratulates Members WPD (Virtual Access) and Nokia and Partner JRC on a new LTE project to develop learning on:

  • – Confirmation that LTE is a suitable solution for providing communications for the energy industry 
  • – Confirmation regarding using an Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) or Time Division Duplex (TDD) system 
  • – Confirmation on bandwidth requirements 
  • – Confirmation on types of data that can be passed over an LTE system 
  • – Confirmation on antenna solutions for different situations 
  • – Confirmation on training requirements and test equipment for staff

This project is the UK’s first multi-site, multi-vendor LTE trial designed to mimic on a small scale, and develop proposals for, the roll-out of a telecommunications network to support Active Management functionality. This is an important follow up to the a single vendor; single base station LTE evaluation trial at Portishead which provided data on the fundamental design and capabilities of LTE and illustrated how such a communications network might be integrated into WPD infrastructure. This showed that an LTE network is better equipped than a traditional narrow-band Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) network in the harsh environment [e.g. electrically noisy sites, RF interference, multipath etc.] to be found in the context of an energy network and that the likely data throughput would be as predicted.

The project comes to the end at the end of June. During the month of June , updates to firmware of all 15 Encore Customer Premises Equipment (CPE’s) to the latest release was carried out which provides additional security features as a result of PEN testing conducted in Sweden. 

See more here.

European Utilities Telecom Council (EUTC) Aisbl is a non-profit organization delivering education, collaboration, best practices and thought leadership in telecommunication technology to utilities, other critical infrastructure providers and regulators, ensuring efficient, secure, sustainable and affordable smart infrastructure solutions. Moreover, the EUTC is the trusted advisor, source and resource of information and knowledge for its members and relevant policy makers regarding telecommunication technologies required by utilities and other critical infrastructure providers.

Mission critical M2M – it’s not all about speed

As next generation networks (such as 4G, 5G, LoRa and Sigfox) become more widespread, there is increasing interest from the utilities sector in the features in the standards that are targeted at IoT telemetry-type applications. New bearers can open up exciting new applications that cannot be served by today’s narrowband bearers. For 5G, ultra-reliable and low latency communications (URLLC), network slicing and support for large densities of connected devices are some of the attractions.

A new white paper from TCCA’s SCADA, Smartgrid and IoT Working Group looks at the considerations for utilities looking to transition from narrowband to next-generation bearers. The paper recommends the top ten topics that should be taken into account by utilities planning to migrate their machine-to-machine (M2M) communications to a new bearer or bearers.

“There is a perception that moving to a new technology bearer is a necessary upgrade that will deliver a faster service,” said Nick Smye from Mason Advisory, who chairs the Working Group. “However, for M2M communications, mission critical capability isn’t simply about speed. Risk of obsolescence, network resilience, priority and pre-emption are all critical features for mission critical utility applications. It will be some time before 5G networks provide the required level of resilience and coverage, and, for example, any bearer needs to support priority and pre-emption, which is a key feature of TETRA.”

The considerations are ranked in order of importance, and reflect a utility sector view, as well as a European perspective in terms of the availability and reliability of communications infrastructure.

Read the white paper here.

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About TCCA

On behalf of its members, TCCA represents all standard mobile critical communications technologies and complementary applications. Its members are drawn from end users, operators and industry across the globe. It believes in and promote the principle of open and competitive markets worldwide through the use of open standards and harmonised spectrum. It drives the development of common global mobile standards for critical broadband and maintain and enhance the TETRA Professional Mobile Radio (PMR) standard. TCCA is the 3GPP Market Representation Partner for critical communications and our members actively contribute in 3GPP working groups.  TCCA supports the  ETSI MCX Plugtests™, is a member of the MCS-TaaSting project, and supports the Mission Critical Open Platform (MCOP) project.  To find out more, please visit www.tcca.info and www.critical-communications-world.com

European Utilities Telecom Council (EUTC) Aisbl is a non-profit organization delivering education, collaboration, best practices and thought leadership in telecommunication technology to utilities, other critical infrastructure providers and regulators, ensuring efficient, secure, sustainable and affordable smart infrastructure solutions. Moreover, the EUTC is the trusted advisor, source and resource of information and knowledge for its members and relevant policy makers regarding telecommunication technologies required by utilities and other critical infrastructure providers.

Expecting the unexpected: Cybersecurity for critical infrastructure

Where does one start investing in and embedding cybersecurity in utilities? Cybersecurity is a growing industry with no near-end in sight. The need for cyber resilience is here to stay, more so with the digitalisation of critical infrastructure in Europe.

Deepen your understanding of cybersecurity for European utilities and save the date for EUTC’s latest webinar on October 22, 2021, from 12h00 to 13h30 CET! On the occasion of the EuropeanCyberSecurityMonth, the webinar will focus on various cybersecurity challenges and opportunities for utilities, with special attention on the application of EU’s NIS Directive 2 to critical national infrastructure, cyber issues around supply chain and real life examples of successful cyber resilience.

Join various presentations from E-REDES and a number of key players in the cybersecurity field, including Darktrace, global pioneer in cybersecurity solutions and University of Glasgow, an academic leader in the field. 

The event is free to all members of EUTC and European regulators. Non-members are welcome to register and can join at a fixed participation fee of 250 EUR (excluding VAT). It is an open meeting where quality experiences, realities and information will be exchanged in a transparent and trusted manner among peers.

UTCAL Summit Online: Spectrum for Utilities – International Effort

In this panel UTCAL will showcase their activities with CITEL and the WP5A Work Group of the SG5 of the Radio Communications Sector of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), where it acts strongly to ensure that utilities have access to an appropriate spectrum, a topic that has been one of the main priorities of UTC Global Advisory Committee.

A reasonable investment of resources has been made over the past 10 years in the search for harmonized spectrum for utilities. In the last five (5) years, UTC Global Advisory Committee has developed a coordinated approach to act directly with each regional regulatory group (in the case of UTCAL, Working Group ANATEL Utilities) resulting in a positive reaction within CITEL and ITU.

As a consequence of these activities at international level, there is a gradual increase in sensitivity on the part of national telecommunications regulators to the specific demands and needs of utilities companies with regard to access and use of spectrum frequencies dedicated to the implementation of so-called Utilities Mission Critical Networks – private networks of companies that support mission-critical applications related to the operation, maintenance and continuous supervision of the electrical system.

Moreover, this participation has favoured the objective of promoting a more uniform use of spectrum by utilities, that is, their harmonized use in the various countries where the companies operate, and we will show what is being done in these countries, which allows to increase the scale of the supply of standardized radio communications equipment and the reduction of their acquisition cost due to the economies of scale achieved. Join Julian Stafford, EUTC’s General Secretary, and various other international organisations in the debate on the importance of harmonizing spectrum allocation to increase efficiency and robustness of networks for critical infrastructure.

Register today for the panel on September 3 at 19:00 CET!

Private LTE Networks for European Utilities in Critical Infrastructure

Have you wondered how exactly wireless LTE technologies is operated by utilities and how telecommunications can be helpful in critical infrastructure?

Deepen your understanding of the deployment of private LTE technology in Europe! Join various presentations from

  • EUTC on leveraging the unified voice in European markets
  • Nokia on the general benefits of formalising with regulators and the agility of mobile systems allowing utilities to manage smart meters across the nation
  • NetNordic on why and how they built private mobile networks in a Norwegian offshore windfarm and which challenges were addressed by the final solution and application
  • Iberdrola on the installation of LTE networks to improve connectivity in one of the bigger markets in Europe, Spain, with an allocation of 2.3 GHz bands
  • 450Connect on how a consortium rolls out the installation and manages the financing, once the network and 450MHz spectrum bands have been allocated in Germany

For inquiries and the recording, please contact info@eutc.org.

EUTC – Cybersecurity Workshop

November 13, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

EUTC invites you to a special one-day Cybersecurity Workshop on November 13 in Paris.  This event will occur during the same time as European Utility Week, November 12-14, also in Paris.

New cybersecurity regulation, new threats, and new technology mean that the future will not resemble the past.   Now is a key time for European utilities and their technology partners to plan their cybersecurity programs for the next decade.

Join EUTC and its members as we explore the changing world of cybersecurity, and to understand how utilities can survive this new reality.  This one-day workshop will include sessions on compliance with the European Union’s Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive, supply chain risk, cases studies of utility cybersecurity deployments, and how to match the appropriate level of security to different asset types.  Utilities and technology providers that need to optimize smart grid cybersecurity will especially benefit from this workshop.

Registrations

Registrations are as follows:

  • EUTC utility member:  €200.00
  • Non-Member utility:  €300.00
  • EUTC associate member:  €450.00
  • Non-Member vendor:  €1,000 (second person can register for free)

To register, follow the link here.