Response to the Ofcom Fixed Wireless Spectrum Strategy

JRC welcomes Ofcom’s understanding that ‘Energy distribution along with all the necessary communications and network management, monitoring and control functions all require high reliability communications infrastructures. A change to a more distributed model could result in additional requirements for fixed wireless links, which we [Ofcom] will monitor’.
JRC also welcomes Ofcom’s recognition that access to suitable spectrum enables ‘the safe and secure supply of water, electricity and gas in the UK’.
JRC highlights that a wide range of channel widths and data rates will continue to be required when the existing electricity grid monitoring and control systems, with their range of technologies, are expanded to the edges of the electricity Smart Grid network, e.g. with 100 times more locations being monitored.