Cable & Wireless inks smart meter deal

Cable & Wireless inks smart meter deal

Cable & Wireless Worldwide have hooked up with smart meter manufacturer Current Group to compete for a slice of the UK’s £7bn smart meter programme.

The move throws down the gauntlet to mobile operators including Everything Everywhere, O2 and Vodafone, which are all vying to provide network services for the smart meter programme. BT has also thrown its hat in the ring with its recent deal with Arqiva and Detica.

The Coalition Government announced last August that it would speed up the delivery of 50 million smart meters to every household in Britain, pledging to complete the roll out by 2017, three years faster than planned by the previous Government.

Last week, the Government announced the programme will be directly managed by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) rather than industry regulator Ofgem, citing the scale of the programme as the reason. The watchdog will develop the regulatory framework underpinning the roll out.

The smart meter programme is seen as a crucial part of the UK’s plans to cut carbon emission and an important step towards the development of smart grids. Smart grids are expected to improve network efficiency and responsiveness, allow greater use of renewable energy and allow energy companies to remotely control non-essential domestic appliances at times of peak energy demand.

Written by Mobile Today
Mobile Today

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