Network transformation to reliable, secure end-to-end packet-based infrastructures.Power utilities worldwide are embarking on Smart Grid projects such as Grid Modernization, Substation Automation, Distribution Automation, and Advanced Metering Infrastructure. Communications network transformation to a highly available IP/MPLS network for mission-critical communications is a foundation to the Smart Grid architecture. Alcatel-Lucent delivers a proven converged IP/MPLS communications network for power utilities using new generation products and management tools. Alcatel-Lucent IP/MPLS products support network resiliency, quality of service, virtualization, security, and convergence as well as a management platform that integrates with utility operations to automate and simplify operations management. Reliable communications and end-to-end service consistency from the core network to the field area network is essential to meeting the key Smart Grid application requirements of utilizing information management technologies and two-way communications.