Telia was able to show that the total cost of ownership (TCO) of NB-IoT has become less than powerline communications and RF Mesh for last mile connectivity. They were also able to show that management of the millions of smart meters could be greatly simplified with the right technology.
It is rare in any industry to see the pace of adoption currently underway. Just two years ago, meter vendors were not building products designed for Massive IoT deployments. Normally, a revolution like this takes five to 10 years. Now, demand is outpacing supply and vendors are racing to make smart meters a part of the smart grid as the industry has changed direction in a very short amount of time.
With Telia supplying cellular connectivity and IoT management capabilities, two meter vendors, Sagemcom and Landis+Gyr are quickly staking claim to the 5.4 million meters across Sweden. Landis+Gyr is connecting 1 million meters using NB-IoT and Cat-M1 technology for utility company, E.ON. Together, ONE Nordic and Sagemcom are connecting more than 1 million meters for providers Ellevio and Kraftringen, also with NB-IoT and Cat-M1. This will enable E.ON, Ellevio and Kraftringen to finally build true, 5G-enabled smart grids to bring Sweden’s utility infrastructure and delivery into the future.
Smart grid adoption to cellular connectivity is advancing quickly. By deploying a true smart grid environment enabled by Massive IoT and void of informational silos, organizations can:
- Utilize synergies and standards from horizontal technologies and services
- Enhance security and operations with cross domain interoperability and transparency
- Reduce margin costs for adding devices, applications, features and capabilities of the Smart Grid and related services
- Improve supplier flexibility and avoid vendor lock-in, enabling continuous development.