[Techtaffy Newsdesk]

IBM and the Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) have reached an agreement to build an intelligent fiber optic and Carrier Ethernet communications and control network across the State of Vermont. Spanning more than 1,000 miles, this advanced fiber communications network will connect transmission substations to Vermont’s distribution utilities, delivering reliable electric service and the capabilities required for the state’s future Smart Grid.

IBM will provide project management and networking services, part of its Intelligent Utility Network solution, to help VELCO improve the state’s electric infrastructure. The communications network is based on Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Transport platform and its family of Carrier Ethernet Service Aggregation and Delivery switches.

IBM is involved in more than 150 smart grid engagements around the world, in both mature and emerging markets.