JRC Response to Ofcom Draft Ofcom Annual Plan 2018/19

As critical systems users, the Joint Radio Company (JRC) welcomes the opportunity to respond to this consultation on behalf of the electricity and gas utility operators. JRC highlights that communication networks are dependent on access to resilient and robust electricity supplies. Also, with the evolving Smart Grid, that the existing intelligent electricity monitoring and control systems are being expanded to the extremes of the electricity network. This expansion in the operational communications needs of the energy utilities will require access to additional spectrum. This developing need is not recognised within the Ofcom Annual Plan 2018/19 and as such we encourage Ofcom to establish a specific work item to address this need.
JRC appreciates the essential work of the Ofcom Field Teams and Spectrum Licensing Teams to support the day-to-day operational telecoms needs of the energy networks.