In line with the requirements of the Technical Standards Directive (98/34/EC), the Government will notify the GB specifications for smart metering equipment to the Commission in the coming weeks. Some suppliers have indicated they will begin rolling-out smart meters once the specifications are notified. This will provide consumers the opportunity to experience the benefits of smart meters ahead of mass rollout. If objections are raised to the notification, they will be addressed ahead of the planned start of mass rollout in 2014. The Government are engaging with industry experts, the Commission and other member states to minimise the risk of delay under the Technical Standards Directive Process.