Telefónica set to enable UK Smart Meter Services

Telefónica UK, which operates using the O2 brand, today announces that it has been selected as the preferred communications service provider for two out of three lots in the UK’s smart meter tender (subject to contract).

The Smart Meter Implementation Programme is a major national infrastructure project that will involve the roll out of 53m gas and electricity meters across the UK by 2020, helping consumers to better understand and control their energy usage.

The deal to provide the communications services across the Central and Southern regions is worth £1.5bn over 15 years and is subject to contracts being agreed.

Commenting on the news, David Plumb, Digital & New Business Director of Telefónica UK, said:

“Telefónica is extremely proud to have been selected by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) as a preferred bidder for the UK Smart Meter Implementation programme. It’s a huge endorsement of cellular as the right communications technology and of our vision for smart meters to be the foundation of a smarter energy future for the UK. The decision is subject to contracts and we are working with the DECC on next steps and will be making a further announcement in due course.”

Telefónica’s proposed communications solution is based on its cellular network in the UK which is ready to support the requirement of smart meters. This will be backed up by the use of mesh technology to connect meters in areas without cellular coverage.

A further announcement will be made once contracts are in place.