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UBBA In the News
- UBBA in the News
In support of America’s transforming critical infrastructure, the Utility Broadband Alliance (UBBA) is dedicated to advancing and developing private LTE broadband as key communications infrastructure for a secure, resilient, digital grid. Launched as a utility member-driven organization in February 2019, UBBA founding member Southern Linc hosted UBBA’s first annual summit in Birmingham, Alabama earlier this month where utility executives,…
In support of America’s transforming critical infrastructure, the Utility Broadband Alliance (UBBA) has been advancing and developing private long-term evolution (LTE) broadband as a key communications infrastructure for a secure, resilient, digital grid. UBBA founding member Southern Linc hosted the UBBA’s first annual summit in Birmingham, Alabama early October, where utility executives, industry technology leaders along with representatives from…
The Utility Broadband Alliance (UBBA) hosted a two-day summit for utility executives and industry technology leaders to explore key challenges facing electric utilities. The summit, which was held in Birmingham, Ala., focused on a range of topics, including resiliency and cybersecurity in the digital utility grid of the future, broadband spectrum options, and vendor technologies…
Bobbi Harris, member engagement and operations lead at the Utility Broadband Alliance (UBBA), discusses how her organisation came to be and what’s next for it and its members.
Following a soft launch in February at DISTRIBUTECH, membership of the Utility Broadband Alliance (UBBA) has grown to 19 member organisations, all working hard to formulate the Alliance working groups and overall Alliance focus.
Founded back in January, the Utility Broadband Alliance (UBBA) is a US-centric organization that is pursuing private wireless broadband, specifically LTE, for utility applications.
5G is certainly all the rage right now, so it’s no surprise that some of the nation’s biggest utility companies are working to figure out whether they have a role to play in the space. However, it’s unclear whether that role will position utilities as 5G operators, customers or both.
The Utilities Broadband Alliance (UBBA), formed earlier this year and spearheaded by founding member Anterix, formerly pdvWireless, is addressing the business case for private Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks for utilities, along with use cases and technology considerations.
The number of devices featuring cellular or satellite connectivity deployed in oil and gas applications is expected to reach 1.9 million units by 2023 from 1.3 million at the end of 2018.
According to a new research report from the M2M/IoT analyst firm Berg Insight, the number of devices featuring cellular or satellite connectivity deployed in oil and gas applications amounted to 1.3 million at the end of 2018.
United in advancing the development and adoption of dedicated wireless broadband networks for utilities, a diverse group of power providers, technology innovators and industry leaders are establishing the Utility Broadband Alliance.
A group of companies representing telecom equipment vendors, spectrum licensees and utilities have formed an alliance to advance the development of private broadband networks for energy providers. The Utility Broadband Alliance (UBBA) includes 13 founding companies that want to drive modernization efforts in the nation’s grid and other industrial IoT applications.
Morgan O’Brien’s pdvWireless continues to evolve with an updated business model that includes leasing the company’s 900 MHz spectrum and consulting on private Long Term Evolution (LTE) as it continues to await an FCC decision on its more than four-year-old plan to realign the 900 MHz band for broadband operations.
pdvWireless has announced that Southern Linc will serve as a founding member of an alliance of utilities and vendors that will become a hub of information sharing, collaboration and planning. The aim is to assist the development of private wireless broadband networks owned by and dedicated to utilities.
pdvWireless and Southern Linc partnered to form an alliance of utilities and vendors that will become a hub of information sharing, collaboration and planning to assist the development of private wireless broadband networks owned by and dedicated to utilities.
- UBBA Webinars
Wireless technologies enable wide area coverage that can flex between latency and speed. This allows for diversity of use cases including slow devices like meters, quick response intelligent devices, and high throughput hungry video cameras. Please join UBBA for the free webinar to explore the new capabilities LTE/5G bring to utilities, including: • wireless portability…
Grid digitization initiatives are driving utilities to move beyond legacy communications to advanced private broadband solutions and new Internet of Things (IoT) devices. During the webinar, panelists will describe the voluntary, recommended activities related to cybersecurity that utilities should consider before placing embedded and “IoT” devices into production. These activities can help utilities lessen the cybersecurity…
Bobbi Harris, member engagement lead for UBBA sits down with David Briesacher, Ameren’s Manager of Intelligrid Business Planning & Integration, and Kevin Malloy, VP of Customer Solutions of Anterix, to discuss the early trends from an ongoing UBBA survey, which looks at the realities that utilities face when considering private wireless broadband networks strategies.
Technology Opportunities from the 900 MHz Realignment to Enable Utility Private Broadband Deployment
On May 13th, the FCC unanimously confirmed the Report & Order to move forward with process of realigning the 900 MHz spectrum to enable utility broadband. This webinar brings the perspective of key utility industry technology experts to discuss what their organizations are doing to support utilities during this transition. Hear from technology leaders Motorola Solutions, Sierra Wireless, Ericsson, Nokia and Anterix.
Opportunities and Impacts of the FCC Decision to Transition the 900 MHz Band for Utilities to Enable Broadband Deployment
On May 13, 2020 the FCC approved the use of the 900 MHz band by utility companies for private LTE. Five utility members of the Utility Broadband Alliance (UBBA) will share their thoughts on this decision in a panel discussion. The UBBA is dedicated to assisting its members in planning, designing and deploying secure, reliable and resilient private broadband networks.
This webinar, sponsored by UBBA, brings together utility and technology leaders to share their experiences and knowledge on considerations for utility private broadband infrastructure. This discussion will include the key technological considerations for a private utility broadband initiative, focusing on areas of infrastructure, spectrum, devices and standards. Speakers include: Alan McIntyre (Southern Linc), Kreg Christoff (Motorola Solutions), Warren Westrup (Sierra Wireless), and Mark Poulin (Anterix).
This webinar, sponsored by UBBA, brings together utility and technology leaders to share their experiences on broadband infrastructure and looks at the following key areas: understanding the business opportunities and industry challenges that utilities must take into consideration; real utility drivers and solutions for private broadband; technology, spectrum and use cases.
- UBBA Industry Resources
Interview with Allen Tharp, Senior Manager – Network Strategy, at Xcel Energy and chair of the Utility Broadband Alliance’s (UBBA) Use Cases working group
I started my career working at Motorola installing wireless systems as a field engineer/project leader, and I later returned to serve as a systems engineer manager for worldwide deployments. I also worked at Southern Linc as a senior engineer and later as Manager of Technology Development. Between these Southern Linc roles, I worked at Sprint as a network design manager and for the past 10 years, I worked at Duke Energy in a variety of roles, the last of which was a technology evaluation manager. Now, I’m at Xcel Energy as a Senior Manager over network strategy and planning in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Interview with Craig Tedrow, Senior Product Manager at GE’s Grid Solutions Business, and vice-chair of the Utility Broadband Alliance’s (UBBA) Business working group
I am a Senior Product Manager, within GE’s industrial communications product line, working for the MDS wireless group. My education is in electrical engineering at Geneva College, and I’ve spent 21 years executing software design and firmware development. Most of that was here at MDS doing wireless product design and development focused on the energy and industrial industries.