Danish meter manufacturer Kamstrup this week announced it has selected Swedish-based telecoms company Telenor Connexion to provide a smart meter connectivity solution.

The rollout is the result of a contract of 1 million smart electricity meters awarded to Kamstrup by Danish company Dong Energy in April 2015 for deployment in the Danish capital Copenhagen.

Telenor Connexion was chosen based on an evaluation of its technical platform, security level, and the ability to provide access to multiple networks for capacity purposes, according to Telecompaper.

Kamstrup wins in Norway

The news comes as Norwegian utilities consortium Fredrikstad Energi last week engaged in a contract with Danish smart metering solutions provider Kamstrup to supply an Automated Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system.

According to a press statement, Fredrikstad Nett, Follo netvaerk and Askoy Nett have selected Kamstrup’s smart grid platform OMNIA for an AMI rollout in the utilities’ three supply areas.

The deal includes Kamstrup supplying 85,000 smart electricity meters beginning in 2016 through to 2018 starting with between 1,000 to 2,000 units for a pilot in Q2 of 2016.

Fredrikstad says the outcome of the pilot will determine the programme for the final AMI rollout expected to start in the Q3 of 2016.

Commenting on the contract, Eilert Henriksen, manager at Fredrikstad, said the consortium selected the Danish smart solutions provider because: “In addition to a competitive price, Kamstrup is characterised by a professional project organisation, taking responsibility of the delivery.”

Mr Henriksen added Fredrikstad will be able to optimize energy supply and create an even better economic business that will benefit its 90,000 consumers in Norway’s seven municipalities and four counties.

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Nicholas Nhede
Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.