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Austrian energy supplier Netz Burgenland Strom is using a mixture of 4G/LTE  and PLC meters for its rollout to meet EU smart metering targets

In smart meter cellular news, Telekom Austria Group M2M has secured a tender with energy supplier Netz Burgenland Strom.

Telekom Austria will use its 4G/LTE solution, launched in March 2015, to roll out mobile-based smart meters from the south to the north of Netz Burgenland Strom's service area.

Launched in March 2015, Telekom Austria's LTE/4G enabled smart meter solution will be available to its domestic customers.

The smart meter Österreich Zähler is embedded with a smart grid communication module that supports both LTE/4G (2600MHz and 800MHz) and GPRS/2G (1800MHz and 900MHz) technology.

Commenting on the energy supplier's choice of solution provider, Peter Sinowatz, managing director of Netz Burgenland Strom, said: “In addition to the attractive price/performance ratio, which we determined within the framework of an EU-wide tendering process among the best offers, we have been impressed by Telekom Austria Group M2M’s in-depth know-how in the area of mobile-based data transmission.

“The use of existing mobile networks in combination with power-line data transmission allows for the rapid and cost-efficient implementation of our smart meter project."

PLC smart meters

In June 2015, Netz Burgenland Strom commissioned Landis+Gyr to supply and deploy smart meters fitted with G3 PLC technology.

The utility, one of seven major electricity distribution system operators in Austria, ordered Landis+Gyr's smart metering platform Gridstream. 

The agreement includes the supply of infrastructure for the utility's head-end-system, which enables the utility to remotely read all meters in its network.

Netz Burgenland Strom, which has more than 200,000 metering points in its network, awarded the contract following a pan-European tender.

Under the terms of the agreement, the first 3,000 E450 smart residential meters will be installed from November 2015.