The Independent Power Transmission Operator announces the successful completion of the first part of an open tender for the modernisation of its telecommunications infrastructure (IP/MPLS technology) to meet its operational energy management needs, totalling EUR 16 million, with the OTE Group selected as project contractor. Procurement of the relevant equipment and services will be carried out by NOKIA.
IPTO is developing a modern multi-service backbone network for the communication needs of the Energy Transmission System. The project has a six-year timeline for its completion and is part of the Operator's strategy for the modernisation and digitisation of its infrastructure, with the goal of ensuring a modern, functional and resilient Electricity System.
Advantages for the electricity system
- Modernisation of the backbone network supporting critical operating infrastructure and services of the electricity network
- Guaranteed availability of these services
- Maximisation of network efficiency and bandwidth
- Network security for multiple protection of electricity infrastructure
- Network operated by IPTO's specialised Network Operation Centre (NOC) upon implementation of the project
- Digital transition with Internet of Things activation and gradual transition to Smart Grid
Iason Rousopoulos, IPTO's Deputy Chief Financial Officer, stated: “The modernisation of IPTO’s critical telecommunications infrastructure and services is part of the Operator’s new strategy to transform into a technology company that capitalises on its infrastructure and know-how. OTE and NOKIA are among the most established players in their sector and we are particularly pleased with the alliance we forged in order for our project to be carried out with technical integrity and punctuality.”
Lykourgos Antonopoulos, ICT Director of OTE Group, commented: “Technology offers opportunities today that we weren’t able to even imagine until recently. When it comes to large enterprises that manage infrastructure, like IPTO, it can play a vital role in real-time network monitoring and management, adding flexibility, security, and quality of service. Solutions in particular that use the technological capabilities of the Internet of Things can transform energy networks into a Smart Grid. The contribution of the OTE Group to this project confirms our position in the market as a reliable partner with a high level of expertise. We stand by every public or private business and organization that wants to move into the new digital era.”
Konstantinos Koroneos, General Manager of Nokia Greece, underlined: “We are truly pleased that IPTO chose Nokia, together with OTE, as its technological partners for this major transformation of its telecommunications network. This is the first project of such a scale on a critical infrastructure network in Greece, aiming at the complete modernisation of IPTO's existing telecommunications infrastructure and its conversion into a cutting-edge technology network. The Nokia IP/MPLS solution and the related services we offer for power transmission networks guarantee the functionality and flexibility required for the project's needs and the maximum performance of IPTO's services."