KESC to Move Towards Smarter Grids

Continuing our ‘Broadband Dreams’ series of posts which we made in 2007 here (and even earlier in 2006, here), KESC has plans to upgrade its grids to Smart Grid Systems.

KESC invites proposals for the Turnkey Project of SGS described below. The complete details are provided in the Tender Document and bidders are welcome to suggest whatever they feel must be employed at KESC to improve the control over LV Distribution System, within the defined scope, in terms of improving Customer Services as well as provide accurate and verifiable billing data.

Essentially, when this will be done, as a pleasant by product, the low voltage (LV) segment of KESC power distribution network will be ready to offer broadband over powerline (BPL) services to the end users. A considerable number of business are reportedly interested in the opportunity but are acting cautious over the red-tapeism that is the hall mark of the utility so far.

There are some 2 million residential subscribers of KESC. BPL networks, if/when made available, would make it a reality to extend the network reach to a large area of population with a minimum amount of infrastructure deployment.

The tunnel to universal affordable broadband is long but there are definitely a number of lights at the end of it!

14 Comments so far

  1. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on January 22nd, 2008 @ 9:49 pm

    :) Dream…. Fantasy…. May iT coMe TruE, amen


  2. d0ct0r (unregistered) on January 22nd, 2008 @ 10:26 pm

    on one hand ration cards are being reintroduced at utility stores.. on the other hand we’re dreaming of technological miracles


  3. Huzefa L (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2008 @ 12:11 am

    Haha yes 5 little green led lights…
    PC, Cable, Send, Receive & Power :)


  4. pkhan (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2008 @ 12:20 am

    For that they do not have to go LV or change their Grid, you can still install on your Existing home or Business Line you have to buy some MODEM for that to run. That system Exists but is not very successful as their are LOTS of Static in it.


  5. pkhan (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2008 @ 12:20 am

    For that they do not have to go LV or change their Grid, you can still install on your Existing home or Business Line you have to buy some MODEM for that to run. That system Exists but is not very successful as their are LOTS of Static in it.


  6. Sufi (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2008 @ 3:37 am

    I don’t really care about this as long as I have Wateen’s Broadband which is running fantastic so far.


  7. Adnan Saboor (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2008 @ 10:19 am

    LOLzz… If it goes ON and as said “DREAM COMES TRUE”… than can any one answer…. how would they communicate without POWER… :P…. i guess they must think to provide the basic facility properly rather than investing for enhanced services…!

    and for those who are interested getting such facility from KESC…. so keep this thing in mind… what you people do when the calendar shifts in JUNE till November with massive loadshutting


  8. ronin1770 (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2008 @ 12:31 pm

    Joke of the century
    LOL
    ROFL


  9. AMMAR (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2008 @ 2:12 pm

    Whatever they do, until the leakages are not filled this will never work. As per discussion with my father’s friend who was a very High Ranking Official in KESC, the problem is with the lesspayment by the industrial users not the KUNDA SYSTEM. They should do something to sort this out otherwise all the strategies will fail.


  10. Javaid (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2008 @ 3:38 pm

    Thank God they’re at least TRYING to improve their billing systems! Once they sent me a bill for 30,000 rupees…..turns out it was just 3000 and they “accidentally” added another 0 :|.


  11. d0ct0r (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2008 @ 5:29 pm

    imagine a kunda for broadband…


  12. AMMAR (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2008 @ 6:06 pm

    You are genius Doctor, evil genius. By the way have you ever thought positive in your life.


  13. Ali K (unregistered) on January 25th, 2008 @ 2:29 am

    @DOCTOR “on one hand ration cards are being reintroduced at utility stores.. on the other hand we’re dreaming of technological miracles”

    Why do you hate progress in karachi with a passion ? Yes, the flour situation sucks, and all the other problems we have, but our lives cant stop, and independetly if different parts of our citys infrastucture are improving, why do you have a problem with that ?

    BTW, did you guys see Mustafa Kamal on Business plus tonight? He made so many good points…really like the guy. If only we could replace Altaf Hussain with Mustafa Kamal..hmm


  14. d0ct0r (unregistered) on January 25th, 2008 @ 5:53 pm

    @Ali K you would get Mustafa Kamal killed by suggesting that he should replace Altaf bai..

    am not against development or progress am just pointing out that we should get our priorities right first..



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