Telenor Group, a leading mobile network operator, has said that it will be entering the smart meter market in Norway, following the announcement by authorities that all households must have smart electricity meters before 2017.

Until that date, all Norwegian electricity consumers will start using a live energy metering system, with the meters being read automatically via a variety of techniques.

The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) announced the new technology requirements for the new metering system, allowing for hourly readings and data submissions to the grid owners once a day.

The new technology also allows for energy consumption to be cut remotely. The regulations also stipulate that the power companies will bear the cost of the new meters.

Electricity metering over the mobile network relies on M2M technology, and Telenor is a global player in M2M through Telenor Connexion.

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