Rethink Managing Mission Critical Communications Networks – Electric Utilities in Transition Phase

Resiliency, Reliability, Security – the impact of digitization on electric utilities lies primarily in reshaping current communications networks and adapting technology advancements towards future business. However, there are several challenges driving operators today which inevitably leads to rethink the electric utilities business.

Those who take full control of the underlying communications network in their power grid today are much more capable of enabling smart grids of tomorrow, without risking current contracts and services.

White Paper

Transitioning to Packet Technology

In the evolving electric utilities industry, transitioning to packet-based networks is necessary to enable a smart grid, support new services, respond to changing customer demands, and drive operational efficiencies. Leveraging the principles of unified resource management to transform the grid’s underlying communications networks is a key success factor.

This white paper offers best practices and practical advice on how to transform the grid’s mission-critical underlying communications network.

White Paper

Communications networks will shape future power grid

Organizations must accomplish two goals simultaneously to become a digital electric utility: remaining successful in a highly competitive market with market-leading business models and executing a transformation of an aging power grid faster than competitors.

As the underlying communications network is key, this White Paper examines in 3 steps how to prepare your mission critical network for the future and advises on key aspects to focus on during transition phase.

Today’s Greatest Challenges For Electric Utilities:

Considerations of migration to packet data networks
put pressing needs to consolidate multiple dedicated networks into one converged network
Maintaining customer loyalty
as contracts with utility operators for TDM leased lines are ending
Optimization of costs
by consolidating multiple dedicated networks into one converged network, while further network expansions enable smart grid
Controlling complexities in daily operations
to optimize management of heterogeneous communications networks

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Many utility companies see the digital revolution as a threat to their business model, but massive opportunities await those able to transform themselves ahead of the curve.

Source: McKinsey & Company

Industry Solution:

Take Control Today to Enable Intelligent Networks of Tomorrow

When transitioning to Smart Grid, you need a full end-to-end view in user-friendly management software which helps you manage the entire underlying mission-critical communications network. This is the optimal approach to achieving maximum cost efficiency and reliability for your network operation while speeding up time to market new services.


Transitioning to Packet Based Technologies

Now is a pivotal time for electric utilities. The rise of mobile 5G, the push to lay new fiber and changing technologies are forcing them to rethink their mission-critical communications networks. Change is needed. The power grid's underlying communications networks need modernization to ensure they can keep pace with the demands of the digital world. In particular, TDM based networks must transform into the packet-based networks of the future.

Learn how to achieve that in this webinar!

Succsess Story:

NetCom BW Speeds Up Business

Speed up maintenance windows planning from 3 days to 20min

As a subsidiary of the third-largest utility provider in Germany, NetCom BW operates one of the largest wide area communications networks in its segment. With FNT’s software, NetCom BW could shorten the average time for maintenance management from 3 days down to only 20 minutes per case.

Media Reports

High-speed Internet will be delivered much faster with NetCom BW

EnBW is pooling its telecommunications activities to concentrate even more on bringing high-speed Internet to all remaining areas of the country. The symbolic ceremony signaled the launch of NetCom BW, which will invest around €30 million in this programme until 2018. NetCom BW possesses the second-largest fiber-optic network in Baden-Württemberg, which is primarily used for controlling the electricity network.

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Customers who trust FNT Software:

FNT Command is a modern, well-scalable inventory system with complete coverage of our requirements.

Source: Ulrich Hoffmann, Division manager for the network development at Unitymedia KabelBW

Market-Leading Software

Plan Your Transition Phase with FNT Software

Enabling the grid of tomorrow is a top-priority for electric utilities senior management. To achieve that goal, today’s priorities should be set on achieving optimum management of available network capacities as well as efficient analysis and implementation of ongoing capacity expansion.

FNT Software provides an end-to-end management system for all technologies and resources supporting the underlying communications network of a modern power grid. It includes both passive and active network components, as well as IT resources, such as data center capacity, servers, virtualizations and applications. The central system provides accurate information on the availability of all resources network operations manager need to maximize the automation and efficiency of their service fulfillment processes.

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Cable Management and Network Resource Inventory

Faster impact analysis

Improve times for troubleshooting as data to monitoring and ticketing systems are provided in a central management platform. Additionally, topology-dependent root-cause analysis and alarm dependency reporting can be used to prioritize tasks based on affected services and SLAs in the context of incident and problem management.

Easier management of redundancies

The unified management platform supports heterogeneous mission-critical cable networks with various technologies.

Shortened planning of maintenance windows

Coordinating maintenance windows will be much easier to prevent costly outages and to improve network reliability. Detailed work orders can be automatically generated for field service technicians to speed up repair, replacement, and reconfiguration assignments.

Maximum control through planning capabilities

Empower your network managers with an up-to-date network inventory. By relying on accurate information from the cable, to the service across all physical and logical layers, they will be able to increase process efficiency in day-to-day operations.

Optimized utilization of network capacities

By presenting all information relating to physical, logical, and service resources in a centralized database, your staff will be enabled to efficiently manage utilization of network capacities and to identify “stranded assets”.

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Intelligent Outside Plant Management

In times of digitization, power utility provider face numerous challenges. Besides high security and resiliency requirements for their communications networks, companies are required to remain successful despite increasing competition, additional legislative and regulatory mandates, and a fundamental change of network technologies.

The expert Ulrich Schälling explains in this free webinar how to optimize outside plant management – and why the integrated view across physical and logical layer matters the most.


FNT is a leading provider of integrated software solutions for IT management, data center infrastructure management and telecommunication infrastructure management worldwide. It’s innovative software FNT Command is used worldwide as an OSS / IT management platform for communications service providers, enterprises and governmental organizations by more than 25.000 users since 1994.

The software provides transparency in an integrated way for the management of IT, network infrastructures, and telecommunication. The deep integration of all data items and the comprehensive data model are unique in the software market. It builds the central resource repository for all planning, fulfillment and assurance processes within the business areas telecommunications, cable networks, outside & inside plant management, as well as IT infrastructure management.

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