Smart metering IT services contract to be awarded next month

I blogged last week about talk in the market that Logica (CGI) is looking odds-on to win a contract in the GB Smart Meter Implementation Programme.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) said this is not the case: “[CGI] is bidding for the Data Services Provider contract but final tenders were only received for this on Monday.”

The department also updated me on the progress being made on the contracts. There are three related competitions to appoint suppliers. The Data and Communications Company (DCC), Data Services Provider and a Communications Service Provider or Providers.

There is a tender for a single licence for the DCC. Regulated by Ofgem it will be responsible to ensure an effective service is provided to energy suppliers, network operators and other authorised parties. This is likely to be awarded next month.

Then the communications system will be provided by a single Data Services Provider and up to three Communication Service Providers. These are being procured on behalf of what will be the DCC to ensure it can be done quicker. The Data Service Provider will develop and operate a data application that will link gas and electricity meters with the business systems of utility companies. The Communications Service Provider or Providers will establish a wide area network connecting the data application with gas and electricity meters in domestic and some non-domestic premises.