London, U.K. — (METERING.COM) — September 25, 2013 – The award of the license for Britain’s smart meter data and communications company (DCC) and the contracts between the various service providers and the licensee worth a total of almost £2.4 billion over the next 15 years were yesterday confirmed by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
The DCC license has been awarded to Smart DCC Ltd, a part of Capita PLC, with effect from yesterday. Smart DCC will manage the smart metering service on behalf of its users and will contract with, and manage, the data and communications service providers.
The data service provider is CGI IT UK Limited, which will develop and operate the system controlling the movement of messages to and from smart meters.
Arqiva Smart Metering Limited and Telefónica UK Limited are confirmed as the communications service providers respectively for the North region (north of England and Scotland) and the Centre (Midlands, East Anglia and Wales) and South (south of England) regions. These companies will provide wide area communications to and from the smart meters, with a long range radio (Sensus technology) solution from Arqiva and a cellular and mesh (for hard to reach areas) solution from Telefónica UK.
Finally, Gemserv Limited has signed a contract with the Smart Energy Code Company to develop and maintain the Smart Energy Code.
The DCC is responsible for linking the 53 million smart electricity and gas meters to be deployed in homes and small businesses across Britain by 2020 with the business systems of energy suppliers, network operators and energy service companies.