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The Future Role of ICT in Meeting Operational Challenges in Energy Utilities

Published By Alcatel-Lucent

  • Published October 2008
  • 21 Page(s)

Energy utilities are operating in an environment where significant market and operational challenges exist. The deployment and implementation of appropriate Information Communication Technology (ICT) solutions plays an intrinsic role in meeting these challenges.

The key take-away points of this whitepaper are:

  • Market dynamics are shifting and a result of merger and acquisition activity, government policy and changing consumer behavior.
  • Considerable ongoing debate regarding climate change and the role that technology can play to positively adjust this.
  • Substantial future investments in new technologies are necessary, as utilities undertake transformation programs to remain competitive.
  • Smart grids and smart metering have significant implications on ICT infrastructure.
  • Communications network transformation will homogenize operational communications, allowing existing applications to be supported through multi-service optical networks while enabling the evolution to IP-MPLS.

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