New York's utility to test private LTE network with several vendors

Light Reading | March 05, 2020

The New York Power Authority (NYPA), the nation's largest state-owned power utility, is about to begin testing a massive private LTE network that it hopes to use for applications ranging from energy metering to flying inspection drones. "NYPA is looking to build a 3GPP standards-based private LTE network to support its efforts to help modernize the electric grid in New York State. This secure and reliable network will support NYPA's efforts to enhance its operational and programmatic capabilities and leverage the benefits of evolving innovation in wireless equipment," the agency wrote in a filing with the FCC requesting permission to begin testing the network.

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Digital transformation means organizations must rethink and upgrade their technology, including the wide area network (WAN). Many plan to update their WAN — but challenges are real and varied, according to a new survey by IDG Research and CenturyLink. Many say working with a Managed Services Provider (MSP) can reduce network costs, increase speed, and optimize bandwidth.

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Digital transformation means organizations must rethink and upgrade their technology, including the wide area network (WAN). Many plan to update their WAN — but challenges are real and varied, according to a new survey by IDG Research and CenturyLink. Many say working with a Managed Services Provider (MSP) can reduce network costs, increase speed, and optimize bandwidth.

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