Operators initiate 5G Smart Grid Project

At the 3GPP plenary meeting, China Telecom together with 27 other members submitted the 5G smart grid project.

Successfully initiated in 3GPP R18, the project will define the standard E2E architecture of 5G smart grids for the first time, laying a solid foundation for its rapid development.

Communication infrastructure is key to the success of smart energy, and 5G, with its high bandwidth, massive connections, low latency, and high reliability, interworks with innovative technologies such as network slicing and edge computing to satisfy the requirements of smart grids.

By promoting in-depth integration of advanced information technologies, Internet concepts, and energy industries, in addition to boosting the development of new energies, models, and businesses, the evolution of 5G smart grids will help to ensure energy security, cope with climate change, and achieve sustainable development.

The 5G smart grid project is jointly initiated by 28 3GPP members including China Telecom, China Southern Power Grid, State Grid, Huawei, Fudan University, China Mobile, China Unicom, CATT, Tencent, OPPO, Vivo, Xiaomi, Samsung, Vodafone, Telefonica, Orange, the European Space Agency, THALES, Sony and Novimant.

The project itself focuses on the role of 5G in smart grids, ranging from traditional energy services to remote control, teleprotection, metering, advanced metering infrastructure, distributed automation, and demand response, energy and distribution management.

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