Boulder, CO, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 30, 2011 - In the first quarter of 2011, global smart meter shipment volumes continued to be strong, with a total of 17.4 million units shipped during the period and a nearly equal number of associated advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) communications nodes, according to Pike Research’s latest smart grid deployment tracker.

Seventy percent of these shipments were in China in support of a massive rollout by State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC). Excluding China, global smart meter shipments totaled nearly 5.3 million units, with more than two-thirds of these occurring in North America.

However, the quarter was not a very busy period for new project announcements, with deployment announcements in the United States covering 362,400 endpoints from six different utilities. However, shortly after the close of Q1, two major Canadian announcements were made – BC Hydro (won by Itron) and Hydro-Quebec (won by Landis+Gyr) – representing a combined 5 million metering end points.

From the vendor selection share analysis, Landis+Gyr is the top meter manufacturer in terms of cumulative vendor selections with 24 percent share, followed by Itron with 22 percent and Sensus with 20 percent. Silver Spring Networks holds the highest share of vendor selections in communications modules with 24 percent share, followed by Sensus with 22 percent.