This morning, CTIA commended the Utilities Telecom Council (UTC) for its recent study of energy and water utilities’ communications needs.
The report, “Utility Communications Needs: Key Factors that Impact Utility Communications Networks,” concluded that utility companies rely on wireless technology for communications across the grid, and that wireless carriers will play an important role in smart grid deployment since they have the infrastructure and technical requirements needed for successful consumer adoption. Ultimately, this partnership between utility companies and wireless providers will provide consumers a more cost-effective energy and water solution.
Sponsored by Verizon Communications, UTC surveyed its utility members and identified key attributes including reliability, security, capacity and coverage that would be necessary for utility communications. The UTC study also describes how federal and state policies, from the FCC’s National Broadband Plan to state public utility commission reviews of smart grid deployments, can enable cost-effective and timely deployment.
Find out more about how wireless technology can improve energy efficiency and sustainability through smart grids.