US telecoms AT&T this week announced it has partnered with Nokia to develop a new Long Term Evolution network to improve US utilities’ grid networks.Under the partnership, AT&T is providing its spectrum solution for integration with Nokia’s Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology.
The technology will provide US utilities with grid network coverage during times and locations that their own networks cannot, according to Zacks Equity Research.
AT&T and Nokia said the LTE solution will support allocation functions at substations, renewable energy sources coupled with supervision of remote devices and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) solutions.
Once development of the technology is completed by Q2 2016, the two will assist utilities in migrating their wireless devices and AMI systems to the solution.
The LTE solution will function on AT&T’s licensed spectrum to help utilities set up their own Field Area Networks, reported Zacks Equity Research.
AT&T in smart grid tech developments
In January 2016, AT&T also partnered with UK telecoms company O2 to launch a service that will assist customers to manage their home’s energy system using a mobile application.
The partnership was one of many announced at this year’s global consumer electronics and consumer technology tradeshow CES 2016 in Las Vegas.
AT&T’s Digital Life platform will be made available to O2’s 25 million customers, which will allow homeowners to monitor and adjust heating temperatures, electricity consumption and water use when they are away.
O2 will be the first commercial provider of the Digital Life home management and automation platform in Europe, and marks its entry into the domestic energy management market, according to Edie.net.
David Plumb, digital director at O2, commented: “Across a range of sectors, we’ve already seen technology evolve from analogue to digital to smart. But when it comes to our homes, the experience is mostly stuck in analogue.”
And in February 2015, AT&T announced that it is working with GE to develop smart metering and smart grid applications for the industrial Internet of Things.
Under the agreement, the two companies are working on solutions for smart grid and machine to machine communications, said John Lavelle, vice president of GE Digital Energy.
Mr Lavelle said the two companies are "propelling our shared vision for a more cohesive energy network. In short, we are connecting brilliant machines to the industrial internet."