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4G and WiMAX for the Smart Grid: Enabling Access, Applications and Affordability

  • ID: 1198733
  • February 2010
  • 72 Pages
  • Mind Commerce LLC

Any smart grid is a telecommunications network for the utility and the communities it serves. 4G technologies provide any power utility with the most cost effective technology in monitoring the grid from power production to power consumption. Not only will a 4G smart grid read meters, they will also provide a range of cost saving services to the utility and the community as a whole. Mind Commerce's new research 4G and WiMAX for the Smart Grid: Enabling Access, Applications and Affordability proposes WiMAX as a Last Mile or "Access" solution to provide a range of smart grid solutions or "Applications" which, when compared with other smart grid technologies such as Broadband over Power Line (BPL) come in at less than half the cost per household reached offering industry leading "Affordability" figures.

The research indicates that given the dilemma of US Department of energy awarding billions of dollars in smart grid grants while standards making bodies dither in providing the industry with standards, the power industry should look to the latest and greatest standards in telecommunications (Internet Protocol and 4G technologies such as WiMAX) to take advantage of federal dollars READ MORE >

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Executive summary -The 3 A's

Access: 4G as Smart Grid Access Technology

What is a 4G Network?

Standards Based Equipment

4G and Smart Grid

4G Last Mile Access: What is WiMAX?

Fixed vs. Mobile WiMAX

Utility Manager Objections to WiMAX


Good Quality of Service

WiMAX Reliability

WiMAX is not Wi-Fi

WiMAX Components

WiMAX Base Stations

Outdoor CPE

Indoor CPE

USB, netbooks, femtocells

Link budget and building penetration

Spectrum Considerations

Internet Protocol

Access Conclusion

4G Backhaul Overview

Wireless Middle Mile Solutions

Considerations for Wireless Middle Mile

Backhaul Requirements

Licensed Microwave Wireless Backhaul Solutions

Licenses protect the links

Gigabit Ethernet Wireless Backhaul Solutions

Quality of Service (QoS)

Interference mitigation

Frequency Reuse

Rain fades


Ease of Licensing: E-Band in the US

High Availability

Backhaul Conclusion

Wireless Backhaul Considerations

Comparisons with Fiber


What does a utility need?

Grid monitoring

Meter reading, remote turn-on/turn-off

Grid physical security

Monitoring and metering distributed generation


Capital Expenditures: Cost per Subscriber or Household Reached

Operational Expenditures

Unconventional Revenue Streams


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