Asia Pacific Smart Metering Market Report 2024

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The “Smart Metering in Asia-Pacific, 6th Edition” report has been added to’s offering.

Smart metering is widely regarded as the cornerstone for future smart grids and is currently being deployed all over the developed world, with a growing number of large-scale initiatives now also being launched in developing countries. Asia-Pacific constitutes the world’s largest metering market by far with more than 1.6 billion electricity and gas customers – more than North America and Europe combined. Annual demand for electricity meters in the region is in the range of 110-180 million units, of which China accounts for roughly half.

The region saw a wave of massive smart metering projects being launched during the first half of the past decade and several utilities in the region are now preparing for rollouts of second-generation meters to take off, driven by new smart meter functionalities and smart energy use cases. Other markets in South and Southeast Asia are on the other hand just beginning their smart metering journeys, following in the footsteps of the leading markets in East Asia.

The installed base of smart electricity meters in Asia-Pacific – defined as China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand – is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.4 percent throughout the forecast period, from 818.6 million in 2023 to nearly 1.2 billion in 2029.

Shipments will to a large extent be driven by first-wave installations in India as well as by replacements of first-generation meters in China and Japan, while emerging markets in South and Southeast Asia will contribute with increasingly large volumes throughout the forecast period. In total, it is forecast that around 873 million smart electricity meters will be shipped in Asia Pacific during 2024-2029.

The installed base of smart gas metering endpoints in the region is at the same time expected to grow at a CAGR of 13.5 percent throughout the forecast period, from 195.9 million in 2023 to 419.1 million in 2029. China accounts for the vast majority of the market, both in terms of installed base and annual shipment volumes, although emerging markets are expected to account for a significant increase in annual shipments throughout the forecast period. India for example aims to increase their number of piped natural gas connections more than tenfold – from around 12 million in 2023 to 125 million in 2032.

East Asia – defined as China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan – has led the adoption of smart metering technology in Asia-Pacific with ambitious national rollouts and today accounts for around 93 percent of the installed base of smart electricity meters in the region. The rollout of smart electricity meters in China is now complete while Japan is in the end-phase of its rollout. The nationwide rollout in South Korea has suffered a number of delays and the national utility KEPCO now aims to complete the rollout by the end of 2024. Taiwan is the least mature market in East Asia and boasts an installed base of just 2.8 million smart meters. In China and Japan, replacements of first-generation smart meters have already begun and will dominate shipment volumes in the region in the coming years. East Asia also constitutes the leading adopter of smart gas metering technology in Asia-Pacific, accounting for nearly all installed devices and forecasted shipment volumes in the coming years.

South Asia – defined as India and Bangladesh – will constitute the fastest growing smart electricity metering market in Asia-Pacific throughout the forecast period with ambitious governmental initiatives now in place in both India and Bangladesh. The former has for example set a highly ambitious target of reaching 250 million installed smart prepayment meters by 2026. The installed base of smart electricity meters in South Asia is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 61.4 percent throughout the forecast period, reaching 270.8 million units installed in 2029.

Southeast Asia – defined as Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines – on the other hand constitutes the most nascent smart metering market in Asia-Pacific. The main utilities in Indonesia and Thailand are now at the very beginning of their large-scale smart metering implementation plans while the leading utilities in the Philippines have similar ambitions. In Vietnam, the national utility has rolled out basic remote metering technologies for years with a vision to eventually transition to more advanced technologies. Australasia – defined as Australia and New Zealand – is characterised by a market-driven and retailer-led approach to smart metering. More than half of all smart meters in Australia are now smart while New Zealand has reached a natural saturation of more than 90 percent with second-generation installations now about to take off.

The markets in Asia-Pacific are largely dominated by local or regional players and only a few companies such as Landis+Gyr, Itron, EDMI (Osaki Electric) and Trilliant have managed to establish a notable presence in multiple markets across the region. In terms of smart meter communications, domestic PLC technologies dominate the electricity markets in China and South Korea while RF mesh is the main option in Japan.

Cellular communications has meanwhile emerged as the dominant technology in Australasia as well as in India, where RF mesh also has a significant market share. The LPWA technologies NB-IoT, LTE-M, LoRa and Sigfox have at the same time emerged as the favoured options for smart gas metering projects across Asia-Pacific, although major regional differences exist.

Highlights from the report:

  • In-depth market profiles of China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand.
  • 360-degree overview of next-generation PLC, RF and cellular technologies for smart grid communications.
  • Profiles of the key players in the smart metering industry in Asia-Pacific.
  • New forecasts for smart electricity and gas meters until 2029.
  • Analysis of the latest market and industry developments in each of the countries.
  • Case studies of smart metering projects by the leading energy groups.

The report answers the following questions:

  • How are national energy policies driving the adoption of smart metering?
  • What is the current deployment status of major utilities across Asia-Pacific?
  • Which countries are leading the adoption of smart gas metering technology in Asia-Pacific?
  • Which are the leading smart metering solution providers in Asia-Pacific?
  • What is the outlook for second-generation smart metering rollouts in Asia-Pacific?
  • Which communications technologies are being used for smart metering across Asia-Pacific?
  • How are market-liberalising reforms changing the energy utility sector in Asia-Pacific?
  • Which are the main electricity and gas utilities in each country?

Key Topics Covered:

1 Smart Grids and Intelligent Meters

1.1 Introduction to smart grids

1.2 Smart metering

1.3 Project strategies

1.4 Regulatory issues

1.4.1 Models for the introduction of smart meters

1.4.2 Standardisation

1.4.3 Individual rights issues

2 IoT Networks and Communications Technologies

2.1 IoT network technologies

2.1.1 Network architecture

2.1.2 Unlicensed and licensed frequency bands

2.2 PLC technology and standards

2.2.1 International standards organisations

2.2.2 G3-PLC

2.2.3 PRIME

2.2.4 Meters & More

2.3 3GPP cellular and LPWA technologies

2.3.1 2G/3G/4G/5G cellular technologies and IoT

2.3.2 NB-IoT and LTE-M

2.3.3 The role of cellular networks in smart meter communications

2.3.4 LoRa & LoRaWAN

2.3.5 Sigfox

2.4 IEEE 802.15.4-based RF

2.4.1 IEEE 802.15.4

2.4.2 Wi-SUN

2.4.3 Proprietary IPv6 connectivity stacks based on 802.15.4

3 Smart Metering Industry Players

3.1 Meter vendors

  • Itron
  • Landis+Gyr
  • Honeywell
  • Aichi Tokei Denki
  • Allied Engineering Works
  • CHINT Instrument & Meter
  • Clou Electronics
  • Dongfang Wisdom Electric
  • EDMI (Osaki Electric)
  • Fuji Electric
  • Genus Power Infrastructures
  • GoldCard Smart Group
  • Gridspertise
  • Hexing Electrical
  • HPL Electric & Power
  • Holley Technology
  • Iljin Electric
  • Innover Technology
  • ITI Limited
  • Kaifa Technology
  • Linyang Energy
  • Londian Wason Holdings Group
  • LS Electric
  • Mitsubishi Electric
  • Omni System
  • Osaki Electric
  • Sanxing Electric
  • Schneider Electric
  • Secure Meters
  • Star Instrument
  • Suntront Technology
  • Toshiba Toko Meter Systems
  • Wasion
  • Viewshine
  • XJ Electric
  • ZenMeter (Enzen)
  • ZENNER Metering Technology

3.2 Communications technology and connectivity service providers

  • Bharti Airtel
  • CyanConnode
  • Fujitsu
  • Genesis Gas Solutions
  • KDDI
  • NuriFlex
  • Telstra
  • Trilliant
  • UnaBiz
  • Wirepas
  • Vodafone
  • Chinese & Korean PLC communications technology providers

3.3 Software providers and system integrators

  • Accenture
  • EDF
  • Fluentgrid
  • GE Vernova (Greenbird Integration Technology)
  • Hansen Technologies
  • IBM
  • Larsen & Toubro
  • Oculin Tech
  • Oracle
  • SAP
  • Siemens

4 Market Profiles

5 Market Analysis

6 Case Studies

  • EESL and IntelliSmart
  • Intellihub
  • Korea Electric Power Corporation
  • State Grid Corporation of China
  • Tokyo Electric Power Company
  • Vector
  • Western Power

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