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South and Central America Smart Meters Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

South and Central America Smart Meters Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

  • February 2021
  • 144 pages
  • ID: 6028460
  • Format: PDF
  • Mordor Intelligence LLP
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The South and Central American Smart Meter Market witnessed a shipment of approximately 4.14 million units of smart meters in 2020 and is estimated to reach to 7.86 Million units by 2026, registering a CAGR of 8.59% for the forecast period (2021-2026). The recent COVID-19 outbreak and nationwide lockdown impacted the overall rollout of smart meters in South and Central America. The global COVID-19 pandemic resulted in lockdowns in various parts of the region, which halted several operations across the industries. As a result, the shipments and installations of smart meters also witnessed a downfall.

- The market is primarily driven by governmental roll-outs for large-scale incorporations, in the absence of which the primary drivers are theft prevention and reduction of other non-technical losses, along with functionality improvements, such as the ability to control utilities remotely and time-based tariffs. However, countries lacking supporting legislation are witnessing slow growth in the market, with the patchy implementation of the technology. This also inhibits these systems from performing at their optimal level.
- Mexico and Brazil lead the Latin American region when it comes to the adoption of smart meters. In Brazil, utilities, such as AES Eletropaulo, Eletrobras, Celpa, Light, and others, have experimented with smart meters from pilot-scale projects to multimillion-meter deployments. For instance, in Mexico, state-run utility CFE is in the process of converting 30.2 million customers to smart meters by 2025. New markets, such as Columbia, Peru, and Chile, are also expected to witness a demand for smart meters over the forecast period.
- The market for smart water meters, however, is in a nascent stage in the region, lacking any large-scale deployments. However, the water scarcity in some nations has led to the initiation of trial phases. According to the estimates by the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), the water infrastructure demand in Latin America requires an investment of about 0.3% of the GDP until 2030.
- The region is characterized by enormous variations in the economic, social and political structures for private investments. This level of privatization is expected to invite foreign investments to adopt smart technology solutions in the water distribution sector in the region. For instance, in March 2020, Esval and Aguas del Valle chose TaKaDu to improve its water network management and protect the water resources of Chilean regions IV and V. The solution is expected to be implemented in 100% of the group’s networks, corresponding to about 7,000 km. Currently, nearly 13,000 sensors have been deployed.
- This increase in population has caused an increase in the consumption of water. Currently, agriculture accounts for 77% of water consumption; domestic uses account for 13% and industry for 10%. With considerable economic activities and an increasing population, the Mexican residents of northwest, semi-arid, arid north, and central regions use an average of 75 gallons of water a day, which is more than that of a US resident.
- Further, to encourage renewable energy investment in Mexico, the administration addressed infrastructure bottlenecks. It realized that as power demand grows, the aging transmission lines need to be upgraded to reduce losses. Further, the transmission and distribution losses have been attributed to infrastructure, illegal access, poor metering, and incorrect billing, to name a few.
- In line with the country’s Uruguay Digital 2020 Agenda, UTE plans installation project of smart meters in households and companies in the country. As part of the World Day of the Information Society, in May 2019, the company announced its’ commitment to reach 50% of its 1,500,000 customers by the end of 2020.

Key Market Trends
Need for Improvement in Utility Efficiency to Drive the Market

- Many developing nations within the region are facing problems with energy efficiency, due to the increasing economic activities, which has substantially increased energy consumption rates. These countries also account for the majority share of carbon emissions. Thus, governments across the region are focusing on decreasing their emissions by focusing on renewable energy sources and increasing the efficiency of the existing network by deploying smart metering systems and other technologies.
- Owing to enhancing their energy efficiency, major countries in the region have already formed regulations, and other countries are following suit. Such developments in the region are forcing businesses and homes to adopt energy efficiency solutions.
- Further, smart meters adoption is expected to grow significantly, fueled by the UN climate target and related energy efficiency measures. Smart gas meters help reduce fuel consumption of gas heating systems, indirectly, affecting the growth of a fully automated grid. Such trends are expected to boost the adoption of smart meters worldwide.
- Deployment of smart grids and smart metering systems provides solutions to curb energy wastage in the industry. Implementation of smart metering systems enables energy suppliers to continuously monitor electricity usage by employing smart meter systems at multiple points in the grid.

Brazil to Hold a Major Share for Gas Meter Market

- The Brazilian government announced a funding of around USD 200 million for the development of smart grids. It also announced plans to deploy smart meters in the entire country by 2021. The aforementioned factors, coupled with Brazil’s strong focus on renewable energy generation, are expected to act as driving factors for the Brazilian smart gas meter market.
- With the growing need for natural gas and the construction of pipelines in Brazil, the utility sector is now leveraging the benefits of the Internet of Things, in order to bring about smart gas meters in various businesses. Smart gas metering systems have become the most desirable option, and they are now providing billing accuracy, real-time data monitoring, and improved customer service.
- According to ANP Brazil, the natural gas production in Brazil reached nearly 41 billion cubic meters in 2018, representing an increase of more than 93% as compared to that of 2009, when production in the country totalled 21 billion cubic meters. As per the statistics provided by BP and EIA, Brazil accounted for about 24.1% of the global biofuel production. Hence, Brazil is among the top three countries in terms of biofuel production.
- The smart gas meter market acts as a lucrative vertical for the overall smart metering industry in Brazil, and it was recently bestowed with unprecedented gains driven by robust product deployment across the biofuel and natural gas sectors in the region. Besides, the smart gas metering concept is now present in six Brazilian states, including São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Paraná, and the Amazonas, involving local providers and consequently boosting the market growth.
- Enel accomplished a significant smart city track record in its areas of presence. Some smart city projects across the Latin American region have strived to make broadband accessible to the public, such as Brazil’s Rede Cidade Digital, which comprises 300 municipalities.

Competitive Landscape
The South and Central American smart meter market is moderately competitive and consists of several major players. In terms of market share, few of the major players currently dominate the market. These major players with prominent shares in the market are focusing on expanding their customer base across foreign countries. These companies are leveraging strategic collaborative initiatives to increase their market shares and profitability. The companies operating in the market are also acquiring start-ups working on smart meter technologies to strengthen their product capabilities.

- Jan 2020 - Landis+Gyr launched an Omni-carrier cellular meter and services solution in order to simplify the installation and operation of cellular communications for utility IoT applications. With a single meter model supporting a variety of available cellular carriers, the meter can automatically provision the optimal carrier network on installation and provides increased resilience with automatic failover.

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