Power Grid launches for outdated technology in smart electricity meters may hamper the 5G dream

New Delhi, August 28 (IANS) – As India prepares to launch 5G services in October, the state-run Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL) is forging ahead with outdated and outdated technology to install smart electricity meters from a million rupees, which may put power sector reforms in jeopardy.

The technology currently in focus is the latest connectivity platform and solution called Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) that can work with 4G and 5G networks.

Tata Power Delhi Distribution, which supplies electricity in North and Northwest Delhi, already uses NB-IoT in smart meters that collect and track electricity consumption from a unit or a system to which they are connected.

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The PGCIL first launched a smart metering tender for the older, second-generation (2G) and RF mesh frequency-based smart meters dated March.

Subsequently, the PGCIL modified the tender to include NBIoT technology.

However, there was another review on the offer on August 18, where the new 5G-ready NB-IoT technology was again excluded by the core transmission company.

NB-IoT is a cellular communication technology that is accepted globally. Provides durable cellular technology in 4G and 5G deployments and is best for use in skyscrapers, basements, and rural installations of machine-to-machine applications.

According to industry sources, the motivation for excluding NB-IoT for smart meters is “unclear given that NB-IOT is the latest cutting-edge technology and is future-proof.”

One of the reasons Power Grid did not opt ​​for NB-IoT technology may be that it has not yet been widely tested on a mass scale.

The government recently concluded a very successful auction for 5G spectrum and the country is about to see the launch of M2M and other 5G applications.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has constantly emphasized the importance and necessity of launching 5G services.

According to industry sources, when the ability to offer the latest technology exists in the country, it is a big “retrograde step” for a PSU to step back and exclude the technology from its offering.

They said that it is essential that the latest technology is implemented in the electricity sector to ensure the longevity of the systems that are being implemented.

Ignoring the latest technology defeats the very idea of ​​modernization, they added.

The Ministry of Energy recently launched a Renewed Distribution Sector Scheme (RDSS) program that aims to roll out smart meters to 250 million customers by 2025.

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