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Session on “Smart Communication Solutions for Smart Utilities and Smart Cities” @ India Smart Utility Week (ISUW) 2023 on 1 March 2023 from 14:00-17:30 hrs IST

March 1 @ 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm

The 9th edition of India Smart Utility Week (ISUW) 2023 was scheduled from 28 Feb – 04 March 2023 at Hotel Lalit, New Delhi, India. As part of ISUW 2023, Telecommunications Standards Development Society, India (TSDSI) along with DoT and TEC, organized a session on “Smart Communications for Smart Utilities and Smart Cities” on 1st March 2023 from 14:00 to 17:30 IST.

About the Session:

Reliable communication system is the backbone of efficient and trouble-free operations and management of utility systems. A typical utility today is using multiple communication systems for different operations. For example, leased bandwidth is used for enterprise IT systems; and utility’s own fibre network (or dedicated leased lines) is used for network automation systems; while yet other communication systems are used for smart metering and other utility applications. This scenario is difficult to manage and scale up; and also complex to establish and maintain interoperability between different systems connected on different communication networks with different data rates and latency. The emerging trend amongst forward looking utilities is to build own wireless network for captive use.

India has commenced rollout of 5G networks which can unleash new economic opportunities and societal benefits giving it the potential for being a transformational force for Indian society. It can help the country leapfrog the traditional barriers to development as well as advance the ‘Digital India’ vision. It is estimated that the cumulative economic impact of 5G on India can reach one trillion USD by 2035.

ISGF has been advocating for allocation of spectrum to utilities and other critical sectors to build their own private 5G networks for captive use rather than leasing from Telecom operators which is not only costly but also may not match with the Telcos rollout plans and utilities requirements. Government of India approved private 5G networks in June 2022 which is a landmark decision. A 5G private network, allows the use of 5G technologies to create a dedicated network with unified connectivity, optimised services and a secure means of communication within a specific area. This will help utilities to integrate all their systems in single unified communication system which drastically improve the performance while reducing the total cost of ownership.

This session discussed important initiatives taken by TSDSI towards standards for utilities and smart cities as well as cloud interoperability in the context of utilities.

The seminar discussed:

  1. 5G Network and Enabling Technologies
  2. Private 5G Networks – Case Studies
  3. onem2m for utilities and smart cities
  4. Cloud Interoperability
  5. Key Recommendations

Schedule: 1 March 2023, 14:00 – 17:30 IST

Venue: Regency 3 at Hotel Lalit, New Delhi

Registration: Registrations are now closed.

Program Agenda:

14:00 ~ 14:15 IST Welcome Address: ISGF/TSDSI

Special Address: Mahesh Shulka, Member-Technology, DOT*







14:15 ~ 15:45 IST

Session -1: 5G Private Networks for Utilities and Smart Cities  

Chair:  Sushil Kumar, DDG (IoT) – TEC, DOT

Moderator: Alex Vikas, ADG, DOT


1.       Andres Carvallo, Texas State University*

2.       Ganesh Srinivasan, CEO, Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd*

3.       Phil Beecher, Chair, Wi-SUN Alliance

4.       Vivek Goel, Chief Engineer, CEA*

5.       Jani Vehkalahti, CTO, Wirepas

6.       Atul Bali, Director, NSGM*

7.       Yogendra V. Patwardhan, Associate Sales Director, Hitachi Energy

8.       Chetan Vaidya, Vice President, Tejas Networks*





15:45 ~ 17:15 IST

Session-2:  Enabling Digital Technologies for Smart Utilities and Smart Cities

Chair: Sushil Kumar, DDG (IoT) – TEC, DOT


1.    Rajesh Kapoor, Technical Consultant, SGSS, TSDSI

2.    Bhargav Thakar, Head- NPD, Smart Utility, Vodafone Idea

3.    Brejesh Lall, Professor, IIT Delhi

4.    Dhermender Singh, Lead Solution Architect, ESDS


17:15 ~ 17:30 IST Key Takeaways by Chairs and Closing Remarks.

Please visit here for more details about the conference.


March 1
2:00 pm - 5:30 pm