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Seminar on “Smart Communication Solutions for Smart Utilities and Smart Cities” @ India Smart Utility Week (ISUW) 2022 (March 3, 2022: Online)

March 3, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Telecommunications Standards Development Society, India (TSDSI) organized a seminar on Smart Communication Solutions for Smart Utilities and Smart Cities in partnership with India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF) and Telecommunication Engineering Centre (TEC) on 3rd March 2022 from 17:30 to 20:30 Hrs (IST) in the India Smart Utility Week (ISUW) 2022 Conference scheduled from 2-4 March 2022. This was the 2nd edition of the seminar in this annual conference, that attracted attention and participation of the whose-who amongst top-notch thinkers and utility leaders from around the globe. Technology Companies, Regulators, Policy Makers, Government Officials and Senior Officials from Electric, Water and Gas Utilities from 50+ countries participated every year in the past editions of ISUW.

About the Seminar:

India was a pioneer in adopting IPv6 way back in 2015. The M2M Roadmap issued by Department of Telecom (DoT) made IPv6 mandatory for all equipment, networks and contents in India from July 2015. Since 2015, ISGF along with other stakeholders have been advocating for 10-12 MHz of licence-free wireless spectrum for M2M Communications in India. On the recommendations of DoT, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) approved allocation of 7 MHz of spectrum for M2M communications in 2018. The Wireless Planning Committee (WPC) allotted 1 MHz additional spectrum in 2021; and DoT has now agreed in-principle to release another 6 MHz of spectrum.

Besides allocation of additional RF Spectrum, DoT is about to introduce 5G communications in the country. The new communication infrastructure, coupled with IoT technologies, is an essential component for making utilities and cities “smart”. 5G focus on 3 pillars of new capability – Ultra Reliable Low Latency Communication (URLLC), enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB) and Massive Machine Type Communications (mMTC). The new 5G capabilities are crucial for realizing the full benefits for smart utilities and smart cities. 5Gi developed by Telecommunications Standards Development Society, India (TSDSI), India’s Telecom SDO has been adopted by Government of India. Further, the Government of India has adopted TSDSI’s transposed oneM2M standards as national standards for IoT/M2M technologies. BIS has issued communication standards for Smart City Applications vide IS:18010 standard series.

These milestones are significant for implementation of standards-based solutions for various use cases and industry segments. This session looked at the enablement for smart utilities and smart cities from additional RF Spectrum, 5G technologies and new standards.

The seminar discussed the following:

  1. Additional Spectrum Band for M2M Communications
  2. 5G Pilots for Smart Utilities and Smart Cities Use Cases
  3. oneM2M for Smart Utilities and Smart Cities
  4. BIS Standards for IoT Technologies for Smart Cities
  5. Standardization activities for Smart Grids @ TEC, TSDSI and 3GPP
  6. Wireless on Wire (WoW) initiatives for providing Broadband Internet in Underserved Communities/ Regions through Power Line Communications (PLC) Technologies

Schedule: 3 March 2022, 17:30 – 20:30 IST

Venue: Online



1730-1800 Opening Session

Welcome Address

Reji Kumar Pillai, President – India Smart Grid Forum (a PPP initiative of Government of India)

Chairman – Global Smart Energy Federation

Special Address

Satish Jamadagani, Vice Chairman, TSDSI and Vice President & Head of Standards, Technology Development, Reliance Jio

Inaugural Address Kishore Babu, DDG, DoT


New Communication Technology Pilots for Smart Utilities and Smart Cities Use Cases – 5G, NB-IoT, Wireless over Wire (WoW)

Chair & Moderator: Dindayal Tosniwal , DDG-NT, DoT
1. AK Mishra, Director, NSGM and CEO (Addl. Charge), EESL
2. Ashok Kumar, Director, NTIPRIT, DoT
3. Kiran Kumar Kuchi, Professor, IIT Hyderabad
4. Pradeep Hirasave, Product Development Manager, Reliance Jio

5. Sanjeev Rana, Head of Group – IT Infra & Smart Grid Communications, TPDDL

6. Jussi Numminen, Vice Chair, ETSI Technical Committee on DECT

7. Neel Bhatia, Senior Director, Intel
8. Baburaj S, Customer Solution Architect, Nokia India


SESSION 2: Standardization for Smart Communications
• oneM2M for Smart Utilities and Smart Cities
• BIS Standards for IoT Technologies for Smart Cities
• TEC work in Standards for Smart Grids
• 3GPP Work on Smart Grids

• Standardization in TSDSI and TEC

Chair: Reena Malhotra, Director, DoT
Moderator: Kumud Wadhwa, Senior General Manager, NSGM
1. Aurindam Bhattacharya, Group Leader, C-DOT
2. Krishna Sirohi, Professor, IIT Delhi
3. Amarjeet Kumar, Wi-SUN Alliance
4. Kishore Narang, Founder, Narnix
2020-2030 Key Takeaways by Chairs and Closing Remarks

Session Coordinator: Bala Karnam [+91 8121276498; bala.k@indiasmartgrid.org]

About ISUW 2022:

ISUW 2022 was scheduled from 02 – 04 March 2022 on a Digital Platform as an International Conference and Exhibition on Smart Energy, Electric Mobility and Smarter Cities. ISUW 2022 brought together India’s leading Electricity, Gas and Water Utilities, Smart City Developers, Policy Makers, Regulators, Investors and world’s top-notch Smart Energy Experts and Researchers to discuss trends, share best practices and showcase next generation technologies and products in smart energy, electric mobility and smart cities domains. ISUW 2022 included plenaries, interactive workshops, keynotes, technical sessions and technical paper presentations. Bi-lateral Smart Grid workshop with EU, USA, Switzerland, Sweden and France are also being planned. Sixth edition of ISGF Innovation Awards 2022 was also organised as part of ISUW 2022.

Please visit here for more details about the conference.


March 3, 2022
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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