BT wants a slice of the smart energy meter market
BT has today announced plans to become involved in the UK smart energy meter market via a partnership with Arqiva and Detica. This will be via a bidding process which the UK government is administering at the moment in relation to a radio network which would allow companies to communicate with 28 million homes and small businesses in the UK which will have smart energy meters installed over the next decade.
BT will be fighting it out with companies such as Vodafone and Orange for the contract which many believe is worth potentially £7 billion and will prove a very useful income stream in the future. The very fact that the smart meters will use telecommunications to communicate information is obviously a plus point for the likes of BT, Vodafone and Orange, giving these companies ahead start, but there is more to this than just telecommunications.
The idea with regards to smart energy meters is the needs to monitor the use of energy around the UK and attempt to make changes to improve efficiencies and carbon missions. While many homes currently use energy hungry appliances in off-peak times there are still many households that are "not as efficient as they could be".
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