ENA tells Ofcom risks to energy industry ‘are still very real’

19 February 2008

ENA tells Ofcom risks to energy industry ‘are still very real’

Energy Networks Association (ENA) has warned Ofcom that the risks to the energy industry’s protection and control services posed by the transition to 21st Century Network telecommunication system are still very real.

Responding to Ofcom’s Draft Annual Plan 2008-09, ENA highlighted the energy industry’s concerns about the risk of service failure likely to be introduced through the migration of private wire services from the existing legacy platform (20CN) to NGN (21CN).

David Smith, ENA’s acting Chief Executive, said ‘Ofcom itself has expressed the importance of ensuring businesses do not suffer during the period of migration. Therefore the possible impact on the energy industry’s ability to support the critical national infrastructure must be considered and monitored by Ofcom.

"However, despite ENA engaging with Ofcom and the telecommunication sector, the risks to the energy industry’s protection and control services are still very real. The energy sector requires immediate clarification in order that a suitable timeframe remains available in which to mitigate the risk.

"ENA is concerned that Ofcom’s draft annual plan has again overlooked the concerns already expressed by the Energy Industry. If Ofcom wishes to effectively implement a strategy for fixed telecoms that will be of wider economic benefit to UKplc, its report needs to secure clarity from BT about their long-term intentions, supported by facts and figures."

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