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White Papers | July 2012

In 2009 the government announced that every home in the UK must be fitted with a ‘smart meter’ by 2020, the aim being to reduce energy consumption and pave the way for a low-carbon ‘smart grid’.


The new meters will send information on real-time energy use in households and businesses direct to the utility companies, giving customers more visibility of the energy they use while eliminating over-estimated bills. This has brought forward the need for analysis of the relative merits of the three primary technologies which could be used for comprehensive smart metering networking: GPRS (vendor agnostic); a UHF dedicated 400 MHz network; and Broadband over power lines (BPL).

This paper carries out this comparative analysis in detail and also identifies and compares the infill smart metering networking technologies which could be used where primary networking technologies may not reach.