SP AusNet’s director of market services Simon Hastings calls the partnership with Ericsson “to develop a 3G solution provides a cost-effective means for customers in low-density, regional areas to access the benefits of smart meters.”
Håkan Eriksson, the head of Ericsson Australia and New Zealand notes, “This Australian smart grid solution is a first in combining an existing 3G network, a 3G-enabled smart meter module, a purpose-built meter management system and the systems integration required to pull it all together. The utilization of secure public wireless networks to support smart grids is significant as it allows utilities to focus on delivering energy to homes and businesses by minimizing the task of managing a complex communications network.”
The solution designed by Ericsson offers fast deployment and cost-effectiveness. The 3G smart meter modules were designed to fit into smart meters chosen by SP AusNet and can be modified to work with other vendors’ metering solutions.
According to Ericsson the agreement represents the company’s ability to deliver a complete solution in the utility space. “By leveraging 3G and LTE 3GPP standards-based technology, utilities developing smart grids can access the benefits from the ecosystem and economies of scale enabled by the global telecom sector.”