New Zealand Upgrades Power Grid


Power grid operator Transpower New Zealand will install an IP-based communications network to help manage New Zealand’s national electricity grid.

The work will see the company’s legacy systems migrated to an IP/MPLS system over a fibre and microwave radio network, according to Alcatel-Lucent. The network will provide Voice over IP, wireless LAN, digital microwave and LAN switching capabilities.

While the added capabilities are a positive, it also presents a major threat if not properly executed  in terms of network security.

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