Vodafone loses out as O2 closes in on £1.5B UK smart meter deal

first_img Telefonica has been chosen as the preferred communications service provider for smart meters in two out of three UK regions, according to the UK government.The value of the Telefonica deal is £1.5 billion over 15 years to supply mobile connectivity to smart meters in central and southern parts of the country, although the agreement is subject to the contracts being agreed.Arqiva is the preferred bidder in the north of the UK, a contract which is worth £625 million over 15 years. Both potential contracts were announced by the country’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).Vodafone lost out in the bid. It told the Guardian it was “disappointed”. It is unclear if rivals EE and 3 UK were also among the unsuccessful bidders.The potential scale of this contract gives an idea of what might be coming in other energy markets around the world. It also demonstrates what the much talked-about smart meter market might offer mobile operators.Smart meters are intended to promote energy efficiency by providing real-time pricing information to gas and electricity consumers, as well as removing the need for the energy utilities to send out employees to consumers’ premises for meter reading.The UK government is obliging the UK energy sector to install smart meters. The idea is to install 53 million new meters across the country between 2015 and 2020. However, the process has already been subject to delay.The government aims to finalise contracts in early September.Telefonica said its proposed smart meter-reading service will be based on its existing mobile network in the UK, as well as the use of mesh networks in areas without cellular coverage.The UK government also announced that Capita is the preferred bidder to manage the data and communications services for the UK’s smart metering deployment. CGI is in line for the data side of the contract. And a firm called Gemserv may get the contract to maintain and update a smart metering code that defines the technology.Smart metering has been used elsewhere in Europe but not on a widespread basis. There have been introductions in Nordic countries using GPRS for meter reading in rural areas where it is more efficiently for utilities than  physically sending out an employee to read a meter.But supporters of smart meters are more ambitious. They want the technology to revolutionise the energy market by making it more interactive between energy provider and consumer. Home Vodafone loses out as O2 closes in on £1.5B UK smart meter deal Richard is the editor of Mobile World Live’s money channel and a contributor to the daily news service. He is an experienced technology and business journalist who previously worked as a freelancer for many publications over the last decade including… Read more AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 15 AUG 2013 Previous ArticleVerizon holds fire on Canadian acquisitionsNext ArticleMobile growth drives Lenovo in Q1; exceeds PC sales Luz verde a la fusión entre Telefónica y Liberty Global en el Reino Unido Tags Relatedcenter_img Telefónica refuerza la seguridad de las cadenas de bloques Español Author Richard Handford Telefonica bolsters blockchain security Telefonicalast_img read more

Municipal Election Day Tomorrow: Tuesday, October 4

first_imgWayne Ogle is running unopposed in Borough District 3 (Nikiski), as is Dale Bagley in District 4 (Soldotna). Here’s a look at the candidates and issues you’ll be voting on this Tuesday, October 4th…Soldotna City Council Bill HoltDebbie CaryPaul Fischer Borough Propositions ForumKPB PROPOSITION NO. 1. CENTRAL PENINSULA LANDFILL GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDSKPB PROPOSITION NO. 2. SOUTH PENINSULA HOSPTIAL AND HOMER MEDICAL CENTER GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDSKPB PROPOSITION NO. 3. INCREASING THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF A SALE SUBJECT TO THE BOROUGH SALES TAX TO $1,000 AND EXEMPTING RESIDENTIAL RENTALS FROM SALES TAXKPB PROPOSITION NO. 4. PHASING OUT THE OPTIONAL SENIOR CITIZEN EXEMPTION FOR NEW APPLICANTS BY THE YEAR 2024 Borough District 7 Forum (Central District) Kenai Mayoral Forum Lisa ParkerRegina DanielsTyson CoxTim Cashman Bob McIntoshChristine HutchisonGlenese PetteyJason FloydJim Glendening Soldotna Municipal Charter Proposition (Home Rule)Linda HutchingsFred Sturman Brian GabrielHal Smalley Kenai City Council Forum FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Tomorrow (Tuesday, October 4) is Municipal Election Day and KSRM will have live coverage of the results, starting at 8pm that evening. Polls will be open 7am-8pm. Mike NavarreBrent Johnsonlast_img read more

2019 FIBA World Cup: Nigeria Defeat Côte d’Ivoire To Keep Olympic Dreams Alive

first_imgNigeria’s male national basketball team D’Tigers defeated Côte d’Ivoire 83-66 in their first match of the classification round 17-32 of the 2019 FIBA World Cup in Guangzhou, China.D’Tigers built their victory on the momentum gained from the last group game against Korea, which marked their first victory at the tournament.Côte d’Ivoire gave a credible account of themselves holding their African counterparts at arm’s length almost throughout the match. Deon Thompson was one of the prolific players on the court for the Ivorians amassing 19 points, 9 rebounds, while Wafessa Fofana contributed 4 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.However, Nigeria were not to be left behind as they were able to covert 52% of their 2 point chances as against Côte d’Ivoire’s 42%, who completed 37% of their 3 point chances while Nigeria were able to complete only 35%.The Ivorians also left a wide margin on the free throws chart against Nigeria, converting 71% while their opponents made only 50%. However, D’Tigers managed to create 23 assists among them two ahead of Côte d’Ivoire.Nigeria also had more rebounds (44) than Côte d’Ivoire (15) whereas the table ironically turned on turnovers with the Elephants making 15, one higher than D’Tigers. To complete their dominance over their African opponents, D’Tigers got 6 blocks and 12 steals from the Elephants who managed 2 blocks and 9 steals.At the end of the match Nigeria’s Al-Farouq Aminu and Côte d’Ivoire’s Deon Thompson were the top performers for both sides.Nigeria will battle hosts China in their second classification match, where a win for D’Tigers will secure a spot for the 2015 Afrobasket champions in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.Relatedlast_img read more