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Last Call for Articles: Unlocking Solutions. Powering An Industry - The Technology Ecosystem and its role in Building Private Utility LTE Networks

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It takes an ecosystem.  As electric utilities advance their grid modernization efforts, they are planning new data communications networks to serve as the foundation for those initiatives—and that means considering the extent and value of the ecosystem of products and services that will support those networks.  Teaming up with Anterix for this Special Issue, we’re looking to feature stories, articles and ideas about the ecosystem’s role in solving really big problems.  We want to hear from utilities and ecosystem participants about the role the technology ecosystem plays in building the private wireless broadband communications platform utilities need to support the modern grid. 

This question isn’t hypothetical.  Anterix recently announced its Anterix Active Ecosystem program, already with over 50 leading technology companies participating to support the development of offering of products and services designed for use with utilities’ 900 MHz private LTE networks.  And it’s not the only technology ecosystem out there that supports utility solutions.  So— 

  • What difference do these ecosystems—and programs designed to support them—really make for the utility?
  • How important is it that an ecosystem of solutions develops so that a utility does not find itself saddled with a one-off solution and the scarcity of vendors, choices, and innovation that can come along with it? 
  • What makes a successful ecosystem and what have you gained from joining an ecosystem in the past? 
  • If you could direct an entire technology ecosystem to address a grid modernization challenge, what would it be?  What are the vendors missing?  

Just as utilities have a celebrated history of mutual aid, so too can solutions providers support each other and, in the end, create a technology ecosystem that is greater than the sum of its parts, with impacts far beyond any individual solution’s.  Share your stories and perspectives on being a part of a technology ecosystem and helping develop a community of utility support larger than your business alone. 

For Professionals who work for a Utility, IPP, RTO, or Government Agency

We're inviting submissions from experts and leaders who have expertise in our Special Issue topic. This is an opportunity to share with your fellow community members your hands-on experiences and lessons learned, as well as predictions for the coming years.

*For professionals who work for utilities, IPPs, RTOs, or government agencies, submission is free. See below for details on how to submit an article and for deadlines. 

Invitation for Solution Providers and Industry Vendors to Get Involved:

This Special Issue is a great way to share your insights and message with the power industry.  For this special issue solution providers are welcome to submit non-promotional thought leadership articles for consideration.  We especially welcome those who are program members of Anterix's Active Ecosystem Program.  We will not be accepting paid promotional articles for this issue.  

Instructions for Participation:

Send your submissions to community@energycentral.com with the subject ‘LTE Networks' If you need feedback on your submission idea, feel free to send questions or even an abstract to the same email address.  We are looking for more in-depth articles on this subject (5-10 paragraphs)- a little more than what you would typically share as part of a community blog post.  

  • Final submissions due date:  September 15th, 2021
  • Issue deployment date: September 30th, 2021

To learn more about our Special Issue Article Guidelines and Review Process, follow this link.

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