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Award of Smart Meters DCC Licence

Arrangements have been completed today to establish and operate the smart metering Data and Communications Company (DCC). This represents a significant milestone in the roll-out of smart meters across Great Britain.

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The Data and Communications Company is responsible for linking 53 million smart electricity and gas meters in homes and small businesses with the business systems of energy suppliers, network operators and energy service companies.

DCC licence

Smart DCC Ltd, a part of Capita PLC, has been granted the DCC Licence by the Department of Energy and Climate Change with effect from today. The DCC Licensee will manage the smart metering service on behalf of its users and will contract with, and manage, the data and communications service providers. The estimated value of the licence over 12 years is approximately £175 million.

Data Service Provider contract

CGI IT UK Limited has signed a contract with Smart DCC Limited as the Data Service Provider. CGI will develop and operate the system controlling the movement of messages to and from smart meters. The estimated value of this contract over 8 years is approximately £75 million.

Communications Service Provider contract for the North region

Arqiva Smart Metering Limited has signed a contract with Smart DCC Ltd as Communications Service Provider for the North region (north of England and Scotland) and will provide wide area communications to and from the smart meters. The estimated value of this contract over 15 years is approximately £625 million.

Communications Service Provider contracts for the Centre and South

Telefónica UK Limited has signed contracts with Smart DCC Ltd as the Communications Service Provider contracts for the Centre (Midlands, East Anglia and Wales) and South (south of England) regions. The estimated value for these two contracts over 15 years is approximately £1.5 billion.

Smart Energy Code Administrator and Secretariat

Gemserv Limited has signed a contract with the Smart Energy Code Company to develop and maintain the Smart Energy Code. The estimated value of this contract over 4 years is £10 million.

Published 23 September 2013