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China leads smart meter deployment market, says Navigant

Steve Rogerson
August 2, 2017
China is still leading the global smart meter market with 68% of tracked installations, according to Navigant Research. But uptake remains limited in Eastern Europe, Latin American, the Middle East and Africa.
The report analyses the state of the global utility electric smart meter market, tracking data related to customer endpoints, meter manufacturers, advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) communications vendors, systems integrators, and meter data management (MDM) vendors.
In Asia Pacific, the smart meter market remains fragmented, with a subset of the region’s major countries engaging in large-scale projects and many others showing limited to no activity. While the market’s overall potential is expected to rest heavily on the success of India’s ambitious smart meter pursuits, high volume deployments continue across Japan and, particularly, China, as its utilities push toward near nationwide coverage.
“As expected, progress in China continues as the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) approaches the tail end of its nationwide rollout in 2017,” said Michael Kelly, research analyst with Navigant Research. “Meanwhile, the North American smart meter market has seen a handful of new project announcements and some notable project updates, while in Europe, smart electric meter activity remains high as multiple national rollouts continue in varying stages of deployment.”
In Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa, smart meter uptake remains limited, according to the report. These regions still face significant barriers to entry, though large-volume project activity is on the horizon, primarily as a function of theft prevention, labour cost reduction and grid modernisation goals. In Latin America, only a select few countries are pursuing meaningful deployments. The Middle East and Africa have also been slow to adopt AMI, but this is changing somewhat in the Middle East since countries such as Kuwait, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates have announced large-scale projects.
In Europe, smart electric meter activity remains high as multiple national rollouts continue in varying stages of deployment. Notably, new legislation has been enacted in Germany that will finally kick-start the country’s partial smart meter rollout.
The report provides an analysis of global utility smart meter projects. It tracks data related to global customer endpoints, meter manufacturers, AMI communications vendors, systems integrators and MDM vendors. The report also includes an examination of the technologies, timeframes, and vendor selections for AMI deployments around the world, along with vendor selection share analysis for North America.
Since the release of Navigant Research’s Global AMI Tracker in 4Q 2016, the North American market has seen a handful of new project announcements – Clay Electric, Chugach Electric Association and City of Pasadena – and some notable project updates, such as Hawaiian Electric. Outside of the USA, Canada is seeing a lull in project activity, as most of the country’s major utilities have reached near full penetration of their meter fleets.