LTE 450MHz communication network with PGE in Poland

Brussels, 10 March 2021

Following the decision for 450MHz frequencies to be utilised for critical infrastructure in energy and water in Poland, PGE Group have announced their intention to invest in establishing a 450MHz communication network with LTE technology, following various successful pilots.

These efforts are made to substitute the legacy Tetra system to incorporate LTE 450MHz frequency for the energy industry in Poland, allowing for increased robustness and security of the network and energy supply.  For more information, please click here.

The success builds upon other recent national spectrum allocations for private smart grid LTE deployment – Germany and Ireland have also made awards in the 400 and 450 MHz, with the Spanish regulator confirming an allocation at 2.3 GHz in July 2020. EUTC is pleased to have been able to play a part in these significant outcomes through a range of persistent and sustained lobbying at Global, EU and national level.

450connect GmbH is Germany’s sole license holder and operator of 450 MHz radio frequencies. Goal of the company is to quickly establish a nationwide mobile network based on LTE technology (4G and 5G) for digitalizing German energy and water utilities as well as other critical infrastructures. The 450MHz radio network is a crucial requirement for a secure and highly available communication of millions of critical machine-to-machine (M2M) applications and thus for the successful energy transition and transformation. Equal shareholders of 450connect are: the largest Dutch energy network operator Alliander, a consortium of regional energy providers, E.ON and Versorger-Allianz 450, to which numerous public utilities, energy and water suppliers with the participation of the EnBW subsidiary Netze BW belong.

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.