Smart Grid Networking and Communications

  • September 2013
  • -
  • Navigant Research
  • -
  • 92 pages

Public and Private, Wired and Wireless Networks for Advanced Metering Infrastructure, Distribution Automation, and Substation Automation: Market Analysis and Forecasts

As the era of utility-driven smart grid projects enters its second decade, industry focus is expanding beyond smart meter deployments to include distribution automation projects that can quickly provide operating benefits and efficiency, such as outage notification and restoration and conservation voltage reduction (CVR). Other emerging projects will support not only large, utility-scale generation sources, but also consumer-level applications, including electric vehicle (EV) chargers, PV solar installations, and (eventually) residential energy storage. Globally, smart grid pilots are being started across Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America, areas that had been slow to warm to the promise of a more intelligent, automated, and responsive power grid. And European nations are ramping up their deployments ahead of the 20-20-20 deadline.
Meanwhile, communications technology is evolving rapidly and vendors and service providers are working aggressively to position their products to meet the expanded needs of utilities. IP-based standards are becoming commonplace and recent generations of wireless technologies, including RF mesh, point-to-multipoint, WiMAX, and LTE, are showing greater potential for smart grid applications over the long run. As a result of the dynamic marketplace, Navigant Research now sees a substantially larger opportunity for smart grid communications through 2020. The number of communications node shipments is forecast to rise to 124.7 million in 2020, up from 91.7 million in 2012, and revenue will peak at nearly $3.3 billion in 2018.

This Navigant Research report analyzes recent developments in the global smart grid communications market. Nearly two dozen communications technologies are explained in detail and use cases are described. The study also examines the shifting funding environments and changing priorities of utilities, and how communications equipment and services are evolving to meet those demands. Updated market forecasts for smart grid communications nodes and devices, segmented by device type, application, technology, and region, extend through 2020. The report examines how vendors are positioning their products in the smart grid communications market and provides profiles of market players active in smart grid projects globally.

Key Questions Addressed:

How are smart grid communications technologies evolving?
Which wired and wireless communications technologies are being deployed for which smart grid applications?
What are the strengths and weaknesses of each smart grid communications technology?
How are service providers shifting their offerings for utilities deploying smart grid applications?
How will the shifts in smart meter deployments globally affect the sale of communications nodes?
What are the global and regional outlooks for smart grid communications node shipments and revenue?

Who needs this report?

Smart grid hardware and software companies
Networking and telecommunications equipment vendors
Telecommunications service providers
Systems integrators and consultants
Electric, water, and gas utilities
Government agencies
Investor community

Table Of Contents

1. Executive Summary
1.1 Introduction to Smart Grid Communications
1.2 The Network Architecture
1.3 Market Shifts
1.4 Smart Grid Communications Forecast Overview
2. Market Issues
2.1 Introduction
2.2 Electrical Grid Overview
2.3 Smart Metering and AMI
2.3.1 Why Smart Meters?
2.3.1.1 Smart Meter Utility Operating Benefits
2.3.1.2 Consumer Energy Use Reduction Benefits
2.3.1.3 Demand Response
2.3.1.4 Net Metering, Local Generation, and Electric Vehicle Support
2.3.2 AMI Architecture
2.3.3 Smart Metering Communications Requirements
2.4 Distribution Automation
2.4.1 Basic Automation
2.4.2 Distribution Automation Communications Requirements
2.5 Substation Automation
2.5.1 SCADA Systems
2.5.2 Physical Security
2.5.3 Workforce Communications
2.5.4 Substation Automation Communications Requirements
2.6 Derivative Smart Grid Applications
2.6.1 Outage, Fault Management, and Outage Restoration Services
2.6.2 Asset Management and Monitoring
2.6.3 Distributed and Alternative Generation Integration
2.6.4 Demand Response
2.6.5 Contingency and Capacity Planning
2.6.6 Workforce Automation
2.7 Market Considerations for Communications Providers
3. Technology Issues
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Private versus Public Communications Networks
3.3 Public Wired Technologies
3.3.1 Plain Old Telephone Service
3.3.2 Time Division Multiplexing
3.3.3 Broadband
3.4 Public Wireless Technologies
3.4.1 2G/3G Cellular
3.4.2 4G Cellular
3.4.3 Market Environment and Business Structure
3.4.4 Technology Challenges
3.4.4.1 Availability and Reliability
3.4.4.2 Latency
3.4.4.3 Interoperability
3.4.5 Security Concerns
3.5 Private Wired Technologies
3.5.1 Fiber Optic Communications
3.5.2 Dedicated Copper Communications
3.5.3 Power Line Communications
3.5.3.1 Low Speed Power Line Communications
3.5.3.2 Narrowband Power Line Carrier
3.5.3.2.1. Echelon LonWorks
3.5.3.2.2. PoweRline Intelligent Metering Evolution (PRIME)
3.5.3.2.3. IEC 61334-5-x Standards
3.5.3.2.4. CENELEC EN 50090 (Konnex/KNX)
3.5.3.2.5. Meters and More
3.5.3.2.6. G3-PLC Specification
3.5.3.2.7. IEEE P1901.2
3.5.3.3 Broadband over Power Line
3.6 Private Wireless Technologies
3.6.1 Proprietary RF Mesh
3.6.2 IEEE 802.15.4 Standards
3.6.2.1 IEEE 802.15.4g
3.6.2.2 Wireless M-Bus
3.6.3 Wi-Fi
3.6.4 Microwave Point-to-Point Links
3.6.5 Proprietary Point-to-Multipoint Communications
3.6.6 Private WiMAX
3.6.7 Private LTE
3.6.8 Satellite Communications
3.6.9 Summary Comparisons
4. Key Industry Players
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Key Smart Grid Technology Vendors
4.2.1 ABB/Tropos Networks Inc.
4.2.2 Ambient Corp.
4.2.3 CURRENT Group, LLC
4.2.4 Echelon Corporation
4.2.5 Elster Group
4.2.6 Itron, Inc.
4.2.7 Landis+Gyr
4.2.8 Sensus
4.2.9 Silver Spring Networks
4.2.10 Trilliant Inc.
4.3 Other Selected Smart Grid Communications Vendors
4.3.1 Aclara (ESCO Technologies)
4.3.2 Alcatel-Lucent
4.3.3 Cisco Systems
4.3.4 Cooper Power Systems
4.3.5 FreeWave Technologies
4.3.6 GE Digital Energy
4.3.7 Holley Metering Ltd.
4.3.8 iDirect, Inc.
4.3.9 Jasper Wireless
4.3.10 RuggedCom Inc.
4.3.11 SandC Electric Company
4.3.12 Texas Instruments
4.4 Communications Service Providers
4.4.1 ATandT
4.4.2 KT
4.4.3 O2
4.4.4 Sprint Nextel
4.4.5 Verizon
5. Market Forecasts
5.1 Smart Grid Communications Global Forecast and Methodology
5.1.1 Worldwide Forecast
5.1.2 Worldwide Forecast by Device Type
5.1.3 Worldwide Forecast by Technology
5.1.4 Worldwide Forecast by Region
5.2 North America Smart Grid Communications Forecast
5.3 Europe Smart Grid Communications Forecast
5.4 Asia Pacific Smart Grid Communications Forecast
5.5 Latin America Smart Grid Communications Forecast
5.6 Middle East and Africa Smart Grid Communications Forecast
5.7 Communications Device Forecast Risks
5.8 Conclusions and Recommendations
6. Company Directory
7. Acronym and Abbreviation List
8. Table of Contents
9. Table of Charts and Figures
10. Scope of Study, Sources and Methodology, Notes

List of Charts and Figures

Communications Node Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2012-2020
Communications Node Unit Shipments by Application, World Markets: 2012-2020
Communications Node Revenue by Device Type, World Markets: 2012-2020
Communications Node Market Distribution by Technology, World Markets: 2012-2020
Communications Node Revenue by Device Type, North America: 2012-2020
Communications Node Revenue by Device Type, United States: 2012-2020
Communications Node Revenue by Device Type, Canada: 2012-2020
Communications Node Revenue by Device Type, Europe: 2012-2020
Communications Node Revenue by Device Type, Asia Pacific: 2012-2020
Communications Node Revenue by Device Type, Latin America: 2012-2020
Communications Node Revenue by Device Type, Middle East and Africa: 2012-2020
Simplified Grid Transmission and Distribution System
Typical Smart Meter Network Architecture
SCADA System General Layout
Example of a SONET/SDH Application in a Utility Network
Mesh Network Configurations
Star Network Configuration
Example of a WiMAX Smart Grid Application

List of Tables

Communications Requirement Descriptions
Smart Metering NAN and AMI-WAN Communications Requirements
Distribution Automation Communications Requirements
Substation Automation Communications Requirements
Power Line Communications Technologies
RF Mesh Vendors and Technology
Relative Comparison of Smart Grid Communications
ABB/Tropos SWOT Analysis
Ambient SWOT Analysis
CURRENT SWOT Analysis
Echelon SWOT Analysis
Elster SWOT Analysis
Itron SWOT Analysis
Landis+Gyr SWOT Analysis
Sensus SWOT Analysis
Silver Spring Networks SWOT Analysis
Trilliant SWOT Analysis
Forecasted Communications Technologies
Communications Node Unit Shipments by Application, World Markets: 2012-2020
Communications Node Unit Shipments by Device Type, World Markets: 2012-2020
Communications Node Average Selling Price by Device Type, World Markets: 2012-2020
Communications Node Revenue by Device Type, World Markets: 2012-2020
AMI-NAN Node Unit Shipments by Technology, World Markets: 2012-2020
AMI-WAN Node Unit Shipments by Technology, World Markets: 2012-2020
DA-WAN Node Unit Shipments by Technology, World Markets: 2012-2020
SA-WAN Node Unit Shipments by Technology, World Markets: 2012-2020
All Node Unit Shipments by Technology, World Markets: 2012-2020
Communications Node Unit Shipments by Application, North America: 2012-2020
Communications Node Unit Shipments by Device Type, North America: 2012-2020
Communications Node Average Selling Price by Device Type, North America: 2012-2020
Communications Node Revenue by Device Type, North America: 2012-2020
AMI-NAN Node Unit Shipments by Technology, North America: 2012-2020
AMI-WAN Node Unit Shipments by Technology, North America: 2012-2020
DA-WAN Node Unit Shipments by Technology, North America: 2012-2020
SA-WAN Node Unit Shipments by Technology, North America: 2012-2020
Communications Node Unit Shipments by Application, United States: 2012-2020
Communications Node Unit Shipments by Device Type, United States: 2012-2020
Communications Node Revenue by Device Type, United States: 2012-2020
Communications Node Unit Shipments by Application, Canada: 2012-2020
Communications Node Unit Shipments by Device Type, Canada: 2012-2020
Communications Node Revenue by Device Type, Canada: 2012-2020
Communication Node Unit Shipments by Application, Europe: 2012-2020
Communications Node Unit Shipments by Device Type, Europe: 2012-2020
Communications Node Average Selling Price by Device Type, Europe: 2012-2020
Communications Node Revenue by Device Type, Europe: 2012-2020
AMI-NAN Node Unit Shipments by Technology, Europe: 2012-2020
AMI-WAN Node Unit Shipments by Technology, Europe: 2012-2020
DA-WAN Node Unit Shipments by Technology, Europe: 2012-2020
SA-WAN Node Unit Shipments by Technology, Europe: 2012-2020
Communications Node Unit Shipments by Application, Asia Pacific: 2012-2020
Communications Node Unit Shipments by Device Type, Asia Pacific: 2012-2020
Communications Node Average Selling Price by Device Type, Asia Pacific: 2012-2020
Communications Node Revenue by Device Type, Asia Pacific: 2012-2020
AMI-NAN Node Unit Shipments by Technology, Asia Pacific: 2012-2020
AMI-WAN Node Unit Shipments by Technology, Asia Pacific: 2012-2020
DA-WAN Node Unit Shipments by Technology, Asia Pacific: 2012-2020
SA-WAN Node Unit Shipments by Technology, Asia Pacific: 2012-2020
Communications Node Unit Shipments by Application, Latin America: 2012-2020
Communications Node Unit Shipments by Device Type, Latin America: 2012-2020
Communications Node Average Selling Price by Device Type, Latin America: 2012-2020
Communications Node Revenue by Device Type, Latin America: 2012-2020
AMI-NAN Node Unit Shipments by Technology, Latin America: 2012-2020
AMI-WAN Node Unit Shipments by Technology, Latin America: 2012-2020
DA-WAN Node Unit Shipments by Technology, Latin America: 2012-2020
SA-WAN Node Unit Shipments by Technology, Latin America: 2012-2020
Communications Node Unit Shipments by Application, Middle East and Africa: 2012-2020
Communications Node Unit Shipments by Device Type, Middle East and Africa: 2012-2020
Communications Node Average Selling Price by Device Type, Middle East and Africa: 2012-2020
Communications Node Revenue by Device Type, Middle East and Africa: 2012-2020
AMI-NAN Node Unit Shipments by Technology, Middle East and Africa: 2012-2020
AMI-WAN Node Unit Shipments by Technology, Middle East and Africa: 2012-2020
DA-WAN Node Unit Shipments by Technology, Middle East and Africa: 2012-2020
SA-WAN Node Unit Shipments by Technology, Middle East and Africa: 2012-2020
AMI-NAN Communications Node Unit Shipments by Region, World Markets: 2012-2020
AMI-WAN Communications Node Unit Shipments by Region, World Markets: 2012-2020
DA-WAN Communications Node Unit Shipments by Region, World Markets: 2012-2020
SA-WAN Communications Node Unit Shipments by Region, World Markets: 2012-2020
AMI Node Unit Shipments and Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2012-2020
AMI Concentrator Unit Shipments and Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2012-2020
Network Interface Converter Unit Shipments and Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2012-2020
Substation Router Unit Shipments and Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2012-2020
Substation Ethernet Switch Unit Shipments and Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2012-2020
WAN Backbone Unit Shipments and Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2012-2020
Generalized Grid Router Unit Shipments and Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2012-2020
Total Smart Grid Communications Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2012-2020
Public Service Provider Smart Grid Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2012-2020
Wireline Public Service Provider Smart Grid Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2012-2020
Wireless Public Service Provider Smart Grid Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2012-2020

View This Report »

Find all the market research you need - instantly, in one place.

+1.2 Million Research Documents & Statistics +200,000 Trusted Public Sources 350 Industries With Global Coverage

24/7 Customer Support

Talk to Amrita

+1 718 303 2019

Purchase Reports From Reputable Market Research Publishers

Americas Mobile Demand Market to 2015: Mobile Subscriptions by Operators

Americas Mobile Demand Market to 2015: Mobile Subscriptions by Operators

  • $ 27 500
  • Industry report
  • May 2014
  • by Pyramid Research

Summary "Americas Mobile Demand Market to 2015: Mobile Subscriptions by Operators" report provides a top-level overview and detailed insights into the operating environment for mobile operators. It is ...

Americas Mobile Demand Market to 2015: Mobile Subscriptions by Technology

Americas Mobile Demand Market to 2015: Mobile Subscriptions by Technology

  • $ 27 500
  • Industry report
  • May 2014
  • by Pyramid Research

Summary "Americas Mobile Demand Market to 2015: Mobile Subscriptions by Technology " report provides a top-level overview and detailed insights into the operating environment for mobile operators. It ...

Asia-Pacific Mobile Demand Market to 2015: Mobile Subscriptions by Operators

Asia-Pacific Mobile Demand Market to 2015: Mobile Subscriptions by Operators

  • $ 25 000
  • Industry report
  • May 2014
  • by Pyramid Research

Summary "Asia-Pacific Mobile Demand Market to 2015: Mobile Subscriptions by Operators" report provides a top-level overview and detailed insights into the operating environment for mobile operators. It ...


ReportLinker is an award-winning market research solution that finds, filters and organizes the latest industry data so you get all the market research you need - quickly, in one place.