Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) will get the optical fiber networks of Etisalat shared for its use. DEWA has signed an agreement with Etisalat to utilize the Gigabit-capable Passive Optical Network (GPON) on the Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) backbone fiber network on all its 29,000 substations. The first phase will cover 3,200 substations in 4 zones across Dubai.
As part of the Dubai Smart City initiative launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to make Dubai the happiest and smartest city in the world, with the best possible standards of living for its residents, visitors and citizens, DEWA signed partnership with Etisalat in support of its key role in building the communications infrastructure. Phase one of this project will be completed by the end of 2015.
Smart grids are the main component of smart cities, and DEEA is building the network that covers everything all the way to the customer, from generation to transmission to distribution. The smart grid will include demand-side management, asset management, automation, transfer stations, automation of distribution networks, and the integration of systems and smart meters that will enhance living standards and happiness in Dubai.
DEWA is investing AED7 billion in the smart grid initiative to support the Smart Dubai initiative, as well as its smart initiatives to produce solar electricity in buildings, connecting them to the grid, and building the infrastructure and charging stations for electric vehicles. This network provides high-speed connectivity and reliability and the partnership supports Etisalat’s efforts to deliver fiber optic and 4G network infrastructures to help the public and private sectors in the UAE. This will drive local technology forward to achieve the smart government vision and establish the UAE’s leading position on a global level.