Energy: Meters

Department for Energy Security and Net Zero written question – answered at on 6 September 2023.

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Photo of Kenny MacAskill Kenny MacAskill Alba, East Lothian

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, which organisation (a) designed and (b) commissioned the second generation of smart meter mesh networks.

Photo of Amanda Solloway Amanda Solloway Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)

The Data Communications Company (DCC) was responsible for leading the design, build test and implementation of the overall end-to-end solution for second generation meters. Mesh based solutions were chosen by Telefonica (now Virgin Media O2) and Arqiva who are service providers contracted to DCC to supplement their primary wide area network technologies to meet their coverage obligations.

The mesh technology is installed and commissioned by energy suppliers (as part of a smart meter installation) as directed by the Data and Communications Company’s Wide Area Network coverage checker.

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