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16 – 18 May 2017, Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), South Africa

AUTC will present a full 1 day Utility Telecommunications/ICT conference track programme.

Telecoms will be at the heart of the modern utility and power sector. Come hear from the world’s top experts how you can futureproof your business.

Topics will cover: IT/OT Convergence, IP networks and Utility Telecoms network performance measures.

The energy and utility sectors around the world cannot ignore the demands for improvement in efficiency and cost effectiveness together with the newer challenges that will be placed on their businesses over the coming decade with the introduction of smartgrids. The key enabler to smart energy is the provision of the most effective telecommunications and information communications technologies. There is no single solution, what is best for any particular company is dependent on a number of conditions that may include Availability of Wireless Spectrum, Regulatory environment and Commercial telecommunication status and competition in the market.

Africa utilities have an opportunity to come together as part of the wider UTC community to share in a global forum of utility telecommunication experts whilst addressing local issues.

Africa utilities can learn from each other and can share innovative ideas and solutions within AUTC. Together the UTC international regions can influence vendor communities to create and deliver suitable products and services that meet the exact requirements of the energy infrastructure. Utilities around the world will face the same challenges, the timescales for implementation may be different but all are aiming to deliver reliable energy at an economical cost and under the best environmental conditions for each particular region.

AUTC is a trade association that is an independent regional operating unit of UTC in the USA, for more than 60 years UTC has brought vendors and utilities together to collaborate on issue of mutual interest, these include Cyber Security, Spectrum allocations for Utilities, Packet Networks in a Utility, IT/OT Convergence, Network performance measures etc

The Utility ICT sector in Africa is expected to spent Multi Billions of rands on the upgrading and creation of Utility Telecoms Networks and related ICT to keep up with the Internet Of Things, Smartgrids and other energy efficient improvement initiatives.

Who should attend the AUTC conference
Utility Telecoms Engineers, Utility Telecoms Senior Engineers, Utility Telecoms Principle Engineers, Utility Telecoms Technical managers, Utility Telecoms Technologists, Utility Transmission and Distribution Engineers, Senior Engineers, Principle Engineers, Chief Technical Officers (CTO), CIO, Utility Technical Directors, MD’s Executive directors. Vendors: Utility ICT Sales Executives, ICT Sales Manager, Utility ICT Regional Managers

Benefits of attending the AUTC conference

  • Obtain exposure to the latest trends in Africa and global utilitie in terms of how to adress and choose the best technology for future network deployments
  • Find out how to keep the Cyber attackers away from of your utility
  • Listen to various views around IT/OT convergence and potential pro and cons on one of the hottest Utilty ICT topics
  • Get some views on the avaiable Smartmetering communications technologies and networks to ensue the most efficient solutions are deployed in your utility
  • Be exposed to the leatest hardware and technologies that can be viewed from the various ICT exibitors


The CTICC is the Home of Extraordinary Experiences.
A multi-purpose conference and exhibition centre in the hub of Cape Town’s business and entertainment centre, the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) combines the impassioned dedication of its capable personnel with an extensive range of premium venues, services and facilities. We create captivating experiences that sees hosts and their guests returning year after year. This innovative venue offers a comprehensive array of services for international and locally based clients, playing host to prominent global conferences, trade shows, concerts and celebrated stage productions.


About Cape Town
The city of Cape Town has so much to offer, with a huge array of experience and attractions, set on a rugged peninsula between the Indian and Atlantic Oceans with the iconic Table Mountain as its backdrop, the city of Cape Town sits in one of the world’s most spectacular settings. But the scenery isn’t restricted to the city alone: short drives take visitors to white sandy beaches, traditional fishing villages and wild mountain ranges while must-see destinations such as Cape Point, the Cape Winelands and the whale-watching capital of Hermanus are easy day trips. With so many beautiful places to explore, you only have to visit Africa’s favourite city once and you’ll probably be planning your next Cape Town travel holiday before your tan’s had time to fade.

Table Mountain
Whether it is covered in a blanket of moody clouds or showing off against a crisp cloudless blue sky, Table Mountain is always spectacular.
Cape Town locals are pretty fond of the mountain that looms over their city… and with good reason! Table Mountain, which is home to the richest, yet smallest floral kingdom on earth, was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2011. Legend has it that the tablecloth of clouds that pours over the mountain when the southeaster blows is the result of a smoking contest between the devil and a retired sea captain called Jan van Hunks.

Robben Island
These days, a trip to Robben Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a must-do on the itinerary of any tourist to Cape Town.

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
There are few places as quintessentially Cape Town as the V&A Waterfront. The old world charm of the historical harbour meets the most modern shopping experience and the gaps in between are filled with fine dining restaurants, down-to- earth food markets, museums, and more leisure activities than you can count on both hands.

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
Regarded as one of the great botanic gardens of the world, Kirstenbosch – or rather, the land on which it sits — was bequeathed to the government by Cecil John Rhodes. At the time, it was nothing more than ramshackle farmland overrun with pigs. In 1913 a botanist called Harold Pearson set about transforming the land into a botanic garden devoted to the country’s indigenous flora. It now contains over 7000 species of plants from southern Africa. The 528-hectare Kirstenbosch Estate (which includes the Garden) falls under the Cape Floristic Region, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Discounted accommodation rates
Spintelligent have partnered with iccommodate to provide a full and efficient Accommodation and Tourism Service to African Utility Week delegates. Discounted rates have been contracted and negotiated by iccommodate specifically for the event and are available exclusively through the booking system.

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Please click here for the Sponsorship Prospectus
Vendors/suppliers will get 10% discount if they are AUTC members

For more information on how to get involved, please contact:

Corrie Vermeulen
African Utilities Technology Council

Phone: +27 11 052 2828
Mobile: +27 72 620 2050
Email: [email protected]

Tuesday 16 May 2017

9:30 – 11:30 Keynote
11:30 – 13:30 Exhibition and Lunch
Session 1.1
Commercialisation of Utility Communications Assets
Utilities across Africa are investing in or own optical fibre networks, leveraging their excess capacity to generate additional revenue. The session outlines energy issues, the telecoms regulatory environment, international Utility connectivity, telecommunications partnerships and methods to tackle other prominent issues in the market
13:30-14:00 Identifying the challenges of commercialisation

Peter Moray, Manager, Global Development, AUTC, SA

Alan Driver, Director, AED Consulting

14:00-14:45 Enhance your commercial viability by capitalising on new business models
14:45-15:15 Break
Session 1.2
Cyber Security in Utilities
Cyber security has become one of the highest priorities for utilities globally. At the forefront of this debate is the telecommunications and IT practitioners who are tasked with ensuring utilities are not compromised as a result of unwanted access. Hackers can have devastating consequences, not only for the utility, but also for countries and continents. The AUTC is at the heart of this debate with access to global expertise to assist utilities make sense of this complex and challenging issue.
15:15-16:30 Understanding the impact cyber security can have on your utility business

– Overcome the challenges of physical and cyber security by learning about which standards to adopt and manage

– Hear go -to experts answer your key cyber security questions

Bob Lockhart, Vice President, AUTC, SA
Billy Petzer, Electrical Engineer, Eskom, SA

16:30 Day 1 Close


Wednesday 17 May 2017

9:30 – 11:30 Keynote
11:30-13:30 Exhibition and Lunch
Session 2.1
Communications Solutions for Smart Metering
BreakoutRoom: Metering
13:30-14:45 There are different objectives for smart metering implementation, improved competitiveness, energy savings, energy security, customer relations, reduced carbon emissions and consumption management. In order for smart meters to function, communication mediums or networks are essential and need to be deployed effectively in order to achieve the above goals.
13:30-14:00 Communications Solutions for Smart Metering
14:00- 14:45 Panel: Analysis of Power Line Carrier (PLC), Mobile Networks (SMS, GPRS, 3G), Airwave, Fixed Broadband based Networks

and/or Wireless solution

Kathy Nelson, Vice Chairman of the Board – Great River Energy, UTC, America*

Session 2.2
Creating Improved Efficiencies by Deploying New Communication Solutions
Breakout Room: T&D
Traditional digital telecoms systems are being replaced by IP/Packet solutions. Implementation of IP services provides for the integration of different utility services (electricity, water and telecom networks) and allows for the integration of IT & OT networks and services. This session will support utilities making technology decisions and guide on the operational networks that need to be refreshed / replaced.
13:30-14:00 Planning the transition to a new IP packet network solution

Kgomotso Setlhapelo , Senior Telecommunications Engineer, Eskom , SA

14:00-14:45 Panel: What are the key issues are when considering convergence between IT and OT in a critical infrastructure company?

– Who will own it, who will look after it?

– How can this convergence be done in a way to ensure that security and performance is not compromised?

Kathy Nelson, Vice Chairman of the Board – Great River Energy, UTC, America*
Kgomotso Setlhapelo , Senior Telecommunications Engineer, Eskom , SA
Kyle Thebus, Control & Automation Engineer , Eskom, SA

16:30 Day 2 Close
17:00 -18:00 Cocktail Drinks and Snacks for AUTC Conference Delegates

Thursday 18 May 2017

Session 3.1
Scenario Planning
Navigate the future: What could the 2030 power utility business model look like?
10:00-12:00 If you had a crystal ball what questions would you ask about the future of Africa’s power and energy landscape?

Collaborative round table exercise to predict the likely future scenarios of the power and energy industry.

12:00 Exhibition and Lunch
Session 3.1
ICT in Utility Water Management to Increase Efficiencies
Safe and adequate fresh water resources are essential to economic and political stability, but more importantly they are necessary to sustain basic livelihoods. The deployment of ICT and communications can improve water distribution, reduce wastage and increase efficiencies of water utilities across Africa.
13:15-14:30 Deployment and use of ICT and communications networks

– Improving water distribution networks

– Technological innovations in reducing wastages

– Increasing water resource efficiencies

Bobbi Harris, VP Marketing Strategy and Development, UTC, America

16:15 AUW Closing Drinks Reception


About Energy Revolution Africa and African Utility Week

Over the last 16 years, African Utility Week has been recognised for being the most comprehensive exhibition and conference for power and water utilities in Africa through exploring business opportunities and sharing knowledge about Africa’s power and water sector planning, technology and engineering.

New for 2017, the co-located Energy Revolution Africa explores the transitioning energy landscape in Africa. With a focus on small scale and off-grid projects, Energy Revolution Africa provides a unique platform for solution providers to meet with the developers and end customers in the transitioning energy landscape in Africa.

African Utility Week 2016 Post Event Report