The Telecom wing, Headed by C.G.M (Telecom) takes the responsibility of planning, design and execution of various projects to provide services like speech, data, Tele-protection signalling, Supervisory Control & Data Acquisition(SCADA) & various IT enabled services like ERP, AMI and video conferencing through its Wideband communication network using OPGW. Over the years Optical ground Wire (OPGW) communication has been adopted in most of its transmission line replacing old PLCC mode of communication.

R & M Activities of Telecom wing:

Maintenance of various communication equipment including battery & chargers, EPAX etc. are being done on regular basis by the Telecom personnel posted at grid s/s. Besides this, following maintenance activities are also being carried out under different Project.

  • Maintenance of RTUs installed under ULDC Project and RTUs of CGPs, IPPs and mini hydro generation stations

  • Maintenance of SCADA/EMS System along with Video Projection System (VPS) installed at MCC, SLDC, Bhubaneswar and BCC, Meramundali.

  • Maintenance of OPGW lines are carried out by Telecom wing through OPGW rate contract holders.

  • Maintenance of Wideband Communication System covering 165 grid S/S and power generation station.

  • Maintenance of Auxiliary Power Supply Equipment.

OPGW Services:

  • Since "future is fibre", Transmission companies worldwide have been replacing their conventional ground wire by overhead fibre optic cables called OPGW. OPTCL has already laid around 6300 KM of OPGW for its speech, digital Tele protection signalling, SCADA and IT enables services like ERP, AMI and Video conferencing etc.

  • Telecom wing provides the state of the art optical fibre communication system system for running of SCADA and EMS applications for the energy management system and Load Dispatch activity.

  • Dark fibres have been leased out to Powergrid, BSNL, Airtel, Tata communication, Railtel, LWTPL, GTPLKCBPL, WEFE, SITI, Lightstorm, VIL and Newmoon.  OPTCL is earning a revenue of Rs 8.68 Crores per annum presently. Many more OPGW lines are in pipeline for leasing out to Telecom Operators.

BharatNet Services:

  • Dark fibres have been leased out to ISPs like BSNL, Railtel, GTPL etc. to extend digital services in Rural areas of Odisha.

  • OPTCL has signed an agreement with BSNL to extend internet facility to remote villages under revenue sharing arrangement.

  • OPTCL in partner with BSNL and other service providers to provide internet facility to the Banks in unbanked GPs under Govt of Odisha Initiative.

Other Services of Telecom wing:

  • Most of the industries, IPPs, CGPs have been integrated with SLDC for real time data display under supervision of Telecom wing as per OGC Regulations, 2006.

  • Solar Power Plants have been integrated with SLDC SCADA System without any supervision charge by OPTCL. Presently 24 nos. of Solar Power plants have been integrated with SLDC for real time data monitoring.

  • Wideband communication channels have  been provided to IT wing of OPTCL at different Grid s/s in OPTCL for the reliable and secured IT enabled services like ERP, AMI and Video conferencing thereby saving revenue otherwise would  been utilised towards leasing of communication channels from Telecom operators.

  • Existing 500 line Telephone exchange along with associated lines installed at OPTCL Headquarter office to provide intercom voice communication facility for all officers working at OPTCL Headquarter which is being maintained by the Telecom wing.

  • Two nos. of 200 line each IP based Exchange have been installed at Bhubaneswar and Meramundali to provide voice communication from each grid S/S to SLDC, ERLDC, NLDC.

  • ONLINE SCADA data is extended to DOSCC of 4 DISCOMs and higher officers of Gridco, SLDC, OPTCL for better grid management and power trading purpose.

  • Real time monitoring of weather data like Wind Direction, Rain Volume, Temperature, Humidity at SLDC, Bhubaneswar collected from 4 different parts of Odisha (Chandaka, Baripada, Budhipadar, Podagada).

  • CUG is operational in OPTCL under supervision of Telecom Wing of OPTCL.

  • DTPC (Digital Tele-Protection Coupler): DTPC signal used in 220KV and above lines is being transmitted over optical fibre (OPGW) to protect any damage to power system.

  • Wideband communication channels have been provided to PMU, ADMS and AFAS Systems which are used in OPTCL power system.

"When safety is ensured, the confidence and efficiency level of employees get manifold."