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Vodafone lands €100m contract to service Scottish Power

Steve Rogerson
January 19, 2016
Telecoms company Vodafone has won a €100m four-year contract with Scottish Power Energy Networks to manage and upgrade performance monitoring and fault identification systems across the company’s electricity transmission and distribution networks covering more than 3.5 million homes and businesses across the UK.
Under the contract, Vodafone will operate and enhance remote monitoring data systems across more than 110,000km of overhead lines and underground cables and more than 30,000 substations in central and southern Scotland, Merseyside and north Wales. Vodafone will also provide specialist support to Scottish Power to help implement smart grid technologies and integrate generation from renewable sources such as solar and wind.
“A world-class power distribution network relies on world-class digital communications to function effectively,” said Vodafone global enterprise chief executive Jan Geldmacher. “We welcome the opportunity to work with Scottish Power in support of the company’s plans to meet the long-term needs of its customers.”
Performance data gathered and analysed by Vodafone should help Scottish Power prioritise network improvement plans; the company is investing more than £6bn over the next eight years to upgrade and enhance its infrastructure.
“This is a major contract that is designed to enhance our network operations and ultimately benefit our 3.5 million customers,” said Scottish Power Energy Networks chief executive officer Frank Mitchell. “We look forward to working with Vodafone who will provide communications systems that will help us to manage the day-to-day reliability of our network and plan for the future.”