EUTC Annual Event

On 9-10 November 2022, EUTC has organised its first Annual Event in Lisbon, Portugal. Over the course of two days, EUTC members and other stakeholders from the utilities telecom sector met in personat the Oceanário de Lisboa to mark the yearly meeting of the association and to discuss the future of utilities telecommunications in Europe.

The event also marked the occasion to celebrate the launch of the first EUTC book, “Utilities Telecommunications in a Nutshell”, written by EUTC Secretary General Julian Stafford, along with EUTC Board member Alberto Sendin and Spectrum Group Manager Adrian Grilli.

Over the two days, participants had the chance to network during coffee break and meal times, where sponsor and new member booths could be visited. On the evening of 9 November, a Networking Dinner also took place.

 The event was supported by Axians, Ericsson, HPE and ZTE.

Sessions

The event opened with a keynote speech by Aurelio Blanquet, E-REDES, Honorary member of EUTC, and continued with a panel discussion titled “EUTC Global Dialogue”, setting the scene to present EUTC and its global presence and synergies.

In the early afternoon, EUTC members gathered for its 2022 General Assembly, in which the activities of the year have been presented, as well as possible opportunities for 2023.

The event continued with a presentation from the first sponsor of the event, HPE, represented by Rene Tonon, OSS Master Solution Architect, and was followed by the 3GPP Task Force meeting, led by Erik Guttman from Samsung. The Task Force was launched at the start of 2022 and had its first in-person meeting during the EUTC Annual Event.

In the evening, a Networking Dinner was organised in the historical center of Lisbon, where Pedro Tercero Lozano from Ericsson presented the company’s portfolio for Mission Critical Networks Business Readiness.

“One of the key segments for Westermo Network Technologies is Energy distribution. Westermo can provide products for many use cases such as Smart grid and Grid automation applications. Product portfolio includes switches/routers and LTE routers.”
Pierre Öberg, Business Development Manager Global OEM’s, Westermo“In tandem with falling bandwidth costs, Global Skyware’s new VSAT IoT and SCADA platform exemplifies the enhanced security, reliability, and performance attributes generating a surge in demand for satellite connections to onshore and offshore utility infrastructure.”
-Dr Gavin Cox, Antenna Engineer, Global Skyware
“Chronos Technology Ltd were excited to present at the EUTC conference in Lisbon, discussing our long history in Telecom timing solutions and our expertise in GNSS, it’s vulnerabilities and timing network design. We’re looking forward to working with the EUTC and its affiliates in the future.”
Chris Boulton, Technical Sales Specialist, Chronos Technology”The GE CIC business has the DNA of a company that has been dedicating its resources, skills and commitment to support the Global Utilities Sector for decades. We have established a path that enables us to bring new solutions and integrated proposition to the market to make the “Smart Grid” a reality”
Giovanni Puppo, Regional Sales and Business Development Leader, General Electric
“EMR Integrated Solutions is a specialist OT communications, SCADA and instrumentation solutions provider.  We design, deliver and support mission-critical core networks based on technologies such as DWDM, MPLS-TP and secure edge networks incorporating fibre, microwave, satellite and cellular mobile technologies.”
Alan Feenan, Sales Director, EMR Integrated Solutions
Focus on: Axians
“Axians presented its journey in the world of utility telecommunication networks, with a special focus on an ongoing project in Qatar. Participants were shown the company’s capabilities and challenged to collaborate in the development of new use cases.”
Afonso Silva, Business Developer, Axians
EUTC members strategy meeting
On Thursday 10 November, EUTC members participated in a facilitated discussion aimed at sharing what topics the association should prioritise. The Board has summarised the information collected, which will steer EUTC’s strategy in 2023. Below, a summary of inputs received:



1. KNOWLEDGE SHARING EUTC members wish to increase knowledge sharing through a dedicated platform

 2. STANDARDISATION EUTC to continue developing work in 3GPP, standards & ecosystem for MSO, engaging in discussions around 6G, ITU and CEPT

 3. CYBERSECURITY Members wish to focus on cybersecurity for OT systems and increase know-how sharing on NIS2

 
4. RADIO TELECOM EUTC to explore novel satellite solutions and investigate testing and homologation for utilities in this field
Focus on: ZTE
“Utilities can take advantage of the evolution of core features like slicing and service-oriented architectures, to build the 2G/3G/4G/5G private networks to manage their infrastructure. ZTE explained the technology available today and urged utilities to be bolder on building private networks. E-Redes took this bold step with ZTE.”
Victor Pascual, CTO Spain and Portugal, ZTE