Smart Grid Communications Node Shipments Will Surpass 133 Million by 2018, Forecasts Navigant Research

  Smart Grid Communications Node Shipments Will Surpass 133 Million by 2018,
  Forecasts Navigant Research

Business Wire

BOULDER, Colo. -- September 23, 2013

Spending on communications for smart grid deployments is accelerating as
utilities demand more robust networks that can be leveraged for a growing
range of applications. Vendors and service providers have responded by
improving the suitability of their communications platforms for a variety of
applications – not only smart meters, but also for enhanced distribution
automation applications. According to a new report from Navigant Research, the
number of communications node shipments associated with the smart grid will
rise to 133.3 million worldwide by 2018, up from 91.8 million in 2013. The
volume of shipments will decline slightly in 2019-2020, the study concludes.

“Managing the buildout, security, and optimization of the communications
network for the smart grid represents one of the great challenges and
opportunities in the power sector today,” says Richelle Elberg, senior
research analyst with Navigant Research. “The industry has made significant
strides in just a few years; accordingly, many of the expectations and
assumptions from as little as two or three years ago have shifted

Previously, many smart grid communications devices were part of specialized,
proprietary systems. Over the past 18 months, however, vendors have recognized
the value in supporting standards-based technologies. This has resulted,
according to the report, in unprecedented activity and cooperation among many

The report, “Smart Grid Networking and Communications”, 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 also examines how
vendors are positioning their products in the smart grid communications market
and provides profiles of players active in global smart grid projects. An
Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the Navigant
Research website.

About Navigant Research
Navigant Research, the dedicated research arm of Navigant, provides market
research and benchmarking services for rapidly changing and often highly
regulated industries. In the energy sector, Navigant Research focuses on
in-depth analysis and reporting about global clean technology markets. The
team’s research methodology combines supply-side industry analysis, end-user
primary research and demand assessment, and deep examination of technology
trends to provide a comprehensive view of the Smart Energy, Smart Utilities,
Smart Transportation, Smart Industry, and Smart Buildings sectors. Additional
information about Navigant Research can be found at

About Navigant
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to assisting clients in creating and protecting value in the face of critical
business risks and opportunities. Through senior level engagement with
clients, Navigant professionals combine technical expertise in Disputes and
Investigations, Economics, Financial Advisory and Management Consulting, with
business pragmatism in the highly regulated Construction, Energy, Financial
Services and Healthcare industries to support clients in addressing their most
critical business needs. More information about Navigant can be found at

* The information contained in this press release concerning the report,
“Smart Grid Networking and Communications,” is a summary and reflects Navigant
Research’s current expectations based on market data and trend analysis.
Market predictions and expectations are inherently uncertain and actual
results may differ materially from those contained in this press release or
the report. Please refer to the full report for a complete understanding of
the assumptions underlying the report’s conclusions and the methodologies used
to create the report. Neither Navigant Research nor Navigant undertakes any
obligation to update any of the information contained in this press release or
the report.


Navigant Research
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Laverne Murach, +1-202-481-7336
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