Conference Day One | Tuesday 15th May 2018


Registration & refreshments


Welcome address from the chair


Migration Timescales: Planning the migration to all-IP networks to ensure effective support for new services whilst maintaining current levels of service reliability and security    

  • Setting the criteria to determine when to start migrating different parts of the network
  • Which new IP services should you plan to support and what are their IP networking requirements?
  • How long can current SDH and PDH network components continue to be supported in an economic and viable way?
  • Cost balancing capex investment of all-IP networks and the opex of maintaining TDM technology as it becomes obsolete
  • Managing the RFI/P process to effectively evaluate the different vendor proposals to ensure a collaborative partnership and scope for future proofing the network
  • Developing a network migration strategy for the core network, critical services, and edge network substations
  • Developing a phased roll-out plan to ensure that the network delivers the full required functionality throughout the migration process

Andreas Breuer, Vice President of New Technologies & Projects Innogy, & ChairmanEUTC

Determining the optimum technology mix for your network – for the immediate and long term


Technology Mix: Determining the optimum technology mix to minimise capex and opex for the long term whilst maintaining current levels of network availability, reliability and security to support new IP services 

  • Making the case for a multi technology network to serve the differing needs of the ends to end network; combining TDM and Packet switching in one network topology
  • Matching your current and future networking requirements in various parts of the network to the different technology options; SDH, Carrier Ethernet, pure IP, IP MPLS, MPLS-TP
  • Optimising the test environment to effectively reveal any shortfalls in reliability and security
  • Future proofing the network by defining SDN (Software Defined Networking), outlining the benefits and determining optimum timescales for introduction to the network
  • Comparing the relative benefits of deploying interim technologies or leap frogging to SDN to minimise capex and speed progress towards the target architecture

Alberto Sendin, Telecommunications Projector Manager Iberdrola


Sweating Current Assets: Meeting the challenges of supporting new IP services on legacy SDH and PDH networks

  • Making the case for extending the life of SDH networks to ensure immediate support for serial P2P services and build up skill-sets and procedures in the organisation to support IP networking
  • Outlining and addressing the challenges of operating a dual network supporting SDH and Ethernet/IP traffic
  • Evaluating Next Generation SDH systems and Multi-Service Provisioning Platforms (MSPP) to maintain high availability, comprehensive manageability, and monitoring
  • Effectively managing multiple conversions and interfaces needed to support IP and Ethernet traffic

Zarko Veličković, Telecommunication Network Management System Unit ManagerElektromreža Srbije


Morning refreshments, exhibits & networking


MPLS-TP: Deploying MPLS-TP as part of the overall network strategy to enable support for new IP services and legacy SDH services

  • Analysing network traffic in the current and long term and determining the optimum network mix
  • Making the business case for deploying MPLS-TP to enable support for established utility assets and interconnect easily with legacy SDH
  • Ensuring vendor support for network management across SDH and MPLS-TP networks
  • Addressing the challenge of maintaining full protection across both networks
  • Ensuring effective on-going support for low rate interfaces (2gbits/s) from substation communication and PDH narrowband
  • Taking into account the cost and downtime required for regular upgrading of the network routers

(Speaker to be confirmed)


IP-MPLS: How layer 3 IP/MPLS can offer cost effective service support for both deterministic and non-deterministic traffic types along with legacy integration

  • IP/MPLS or MPLS-TP? Understanding and evaluating the decision drivers
  • Determining which parts of the network to migrate first to deliver optimum ROI and performance with respect to the core network and edge networks
  • Meeting the stringent needs of latency-sensitive tele-protection in an IP/MPLS network using traffic engineering and QOS configuration
  • Effectively ensuring reliability for legacy services such as teleprotection and legacy SCADA with emulated P2P
  • Continuing to assess the MPLS–TP alternative for different parts of the network and the potential interworking required

Cormac Long, IP Technical Lead, Telecom ServicesESB Networks


TCP/IP: Deploying TCP/IP as part of the network mix to future proof the network for the long term – matching the reliability and availability of P2P networking

  • Making the business case for deploying a TCP/IP based network and managing traffic at layer 3 rather than layer 2
  • Keeping up with the telco standards as new protocols develop and ensuring interoperability of the different technologies in the WAN
  • Ensuring that IP networking can match the reliability and availability of P2P networking; monitoring and communicating message sequence failure
  • Effectively interfacing IEC protocols with TCP IP to ensure substation communication
  • Planning for IP networking support for tele protection; establishing timescales for migration from SDH support
  • Planning the overall network migration; combining migration with substation refurbishment

(Speaker to be confirmed)


Lunch, exhibits & networking

Network Management & Monitoring


 Cyber-Security: Understanding and mitigating the increased security risks represented by IP telecoms networks for utilities

  • Quantifying the increased risk of network intrusion, DoS (Denial of Service Attacks), traffic interception and other breaches
  • Evaluating the different means of ensuring the security of IP traffic in the network; firewalls / VPNs/ IPSec
  • Building security considerations into the network design and network management
  • Identifying points of network vulnerability, ensuring router security and determining optimum IP-VPNs
  • Monitoring network assets and detecting alerts in real-time to identify and address security threats as they occur

Jaco Jacobs, Cyber Defense Domain Lead NLAccenture


Network Monitoring: Achieving a complete overview of an increasingly complex multi-vendor, multi technology telecom network to ensure high levels of QoS and performance

  • Examining the different means of achieving an integrated view of the network to monitor performance, comparing with in-house and third-party solutions
  • Meeting the challenges of effectively monitoring non-deterministic IP traffic
  • Providing comprehensive inventory management to enable fast identification of network issues and maintain QoS in an increasingly complex network
  • Evaluating the business case for investing in third party network management and monitoring software
    (Speaker to be confirmed)

IP SCADA: Outlining the telecoms networking required to maintain security in the transition from traditional SCADA systems with serial based RTU’s to IP/Ethernet based systems

  • Determining the potential benefits of deploying SCADA functionalities over IP/Ethernet and how best to leverage these
  • Quantifying and addressing the increased security risks of IP based SCADA
  • Ensuring separation of the SCADA and control systems network from the IT network, comparing VLANs at different network layers
  • Examining the effectiveness of firewalls, IPS, DPS and other security techniques within the SCADA environment to safeguard system vulnerability
  • Addressing the challenges of deploying (Simple Network Management Protocol) to monitor the health and performance of the IP devices in the network

Lhoussain Lhassani, Senior Specialist Asset ManagementStedin


Afternoon refreshments, exhibits & networking


IP in MV/LV: Expanding IP services to the medium and low voltage layers of the distribution grid

  • Outlining the changing requirement of the distribution grid as renewable energy is fed in at medium and low voltage layers
  • Understanding the growing importance of telecommunication services to control the grid
  • Assessing the different practical solutions for telecommunications to support expanded IP services
  • Examining the relevance of blackout resilience of the telecommunication services
  • Utilizing state of the art ICT security solutions

Jürgen Tusch, Head of Telecoms – Innogy


PMU: Enabling wide-area Phasor Measurement Unit (PMU) technology with IP networks to improve state estimation of the distribution system and improve accuracy of monitoring power quality

  • Understanding the business case for deploying synchrophasors to enable near realtime monitoring of power system components
  • Comparing the synchronisation networking requirements to support SCADA applications and synchrophasors
  • Meeting synchrophasor requirements with IP multicasting on IP networks
  • Comparing IP multicasting with other means of supporting synchrophasors in the network

(Speaker to be confirmed)


PLC: Standardization of Broadband Powerline Systems for smart grid applications in low voltage Networks

  • Outlining the use of PLC in the evolving smart grid ICT network
  • Examining the benefits of using PLC for smart metering communications in terms of infrastructure investment and comparing with other options
  • Evaluating how different PLC options can be used for smart grid deployments:
  • PLC in the low voltage grid and in-home for smart metering and home area network
  • PLC in medium voltage for smart grid backbone transport and telecontrol applications
  • Outlining the latest updates in standardising PLC for smart grid applications in low voltage networks
  • Integrating PLC with other telecommunication private network or public commercial services

Wolfgang Zeitler, EngineerBayernwerk


Roundtable Discussionsduring this session the audience breaks out into several smaller groups, each focused on a specific theme that arose during the day’s presentations. Each working group will comprise of representatives of the entire utility telecom technical community to ensure a well-rounded and holistic discussion. Key issues raised, and solutions proposed will be collated for presentation to the wider group at the end of the session.




Networking Reception – time to relax and unwind after an intensive day of presentations and discussion! All participants are invited to join this networking reception where you will have the opportunity to enjoy the company of colleagues from across the European utility telecom technical community.

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