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A Collective of Private LTE Networks is Foundational to The Power Grid of The Future

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Marketing Associate, Anterix

Marketing Associate at Anterix. Anterix delivers game-changing connectivity for critical infrastructure, including next-generation communications platforms to support utilities’ grid...

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Collectively embracing private LTE networks as the communication platform for a connected, digital and intelligent grid will lead to a broader range of benefits both for utilities and their customers. Forward-thinking utilities are investing in private LTE networks as key infrastructure for their grid modernization efforts. Envision now interconnecting these networks regionally or nationwide to multiply and extend existing capabilities and enable new ones.

As highlighted in Guidehouse’s concept paper “Private LTE Networks Position Utilities for Industry Transformation” by Principal Research Analyst, Richelle Elberg, utilities that participate in a collective network effect can maximize the value of opportunities brought forth through compatible communications. By acting together to promote standardization of private LTE networks, utilities will reap the significant benefits provided through the convergence of robust and future-proof networking technology.”

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Matt Chester on Jan 26, 2021

How high up in the typical utility's priority list is getting private LTE dispatched, and how does that compare with where you think it should be? There was already so much going on between decentralization, decarbonization, new builds, new programs, and then the pandemic hit that shifted utility way of thinking. Is there time to spare with LTE, or should the benefits it brings keep it atop the priority list? 

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Matt Acton on Jan 27, 2021

Good question Matt, the decentralization, decarbonization, new builds, new programs require telecommunications for project success, although I suggest the past will repeat itself e.g. Smart Grid (thinking WiSun mesh); but will deploy bespoke, proprietary solutions or services quickly and the opportunity to proactively aggregate voice/data needs is secondary for the majority of power utilities.

Some of the recent changes to CBRS 3.65GHz and the roadmap of WiMax equipment has prompted pLTE as a like-for-like replacement for incumbents and has made the recent news.

The aggregated telecoms requirements (e.g. AMI, LMR) can drive a business case for a near 'silver bullet' private LTE network (with carrier roaming agreements), although with clients I have worked with on their telecoms strategy, challenging what is 'core business' and some big changes to internal governance is required for sustained success.

With these changes, assuming access to capital, the utility's telecommunications capability can sit alongside Distribution system projects on the priority list 👍

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