Tallinn, Estonia and Zug, Switzerland --- (METERING.COM) --- August 20, 2012 - Estonia's Eesti Energia, Elektrilevi is to receive a residential smart metering solution from Landis+Gyr and the Estonian operations of Ericsson, Ericsson Eesti.

All Estonian households will switch to smart metering technology and consumption-based invoicing by 2017. In a further step, Landis+Gyr will help Elektrilevi to significantly enhance the efficiency of its electrical network operations.

Ericsson Eesti and Elektrilevi OU have signed an agreement for the implementation of the smart metering project. As the main partner of Ericsson Eesti, Landis+Gyr is responsible for providing the smart metering infrastructure for the project, including the smart meters, data concentrators and the head-end system (HES).

“By 2017, we will be able to extend smart metering to all our customers,” said Mait Rahi, head of Smart Metering Program at Elektrilevi. “The provision of hourly consumption data helps our customers to manage their energy consumption. We can also improve the quality of our customer service and increase customer satisfaction as our service is now based on customers' real-time consumption data.”

Ericsson Eesti is responsible for the project and its implementation. It is also responsible for integrating the smart metering system into Elektrilevi's systems. The Finnish operations of Landis+Gyr, Landis+Gyr Oy, will deliver approximately 630,000 smart household meters, just over 10,000 data concentrators and supply the Gridstream HES smart metering software. The solution utilizes PLC data transfer, complemented by 2G/3G technology.

Pilot installations of the system will start in autumn 2012; the project is due to be complete by January 2017.