Trailing companies can better compete by differentiating themselves via distinct networking technology or cost breakthroughs
Trailing companies can better compete by differentiating themselves via distinct networking technology or cost breakthroughs

March 28, 2019 – Boulder, CO – A new Leaderboard Report from Navigant Research examines the strategy and execution of 13 grid edge connectivity providers, with Itron ranked as the leading market player.

The number of vendors offering field area networks (FANs) solutions continues to grow as electric utilities adopt new ways of connecting grid edge assets to distributed or centralized information technology applications. Technological advancements have led to the rise of more specialized narrowband wireless networking solutions, and spectrum sharing schemes have also been proposed globally. Click to tweet: According to a new Leaderboard report from @NavigantRSRCH, Itron is the leading grid edge connectivity provider.

“Changing industry dynamics mean more utilities are exploring the concept of a holistic, territory-wide network for both FAN and wide area network needs, creating a crowded market.” says Richelle Elberg, principal research analyst with Navigant Research. “Leading companies in this industry are edging out the competition with a global reach, technological innovation, and participation in numerous strategic alliances.”

According to the report, trailing companies can better compete by differentiating themselves via distinct networking technology or cost breakthroughs and honing a strategic vision around their execution.

The report, Navigant Research Leaderboard: Utility Field Area Networking, examines the strategy and execution of 13 leading utility FAN providers. These players are rated on 12 criteria: vision; go-to-market strategy; partners; production strategy; technology; geographic reach; sales, marketing, and distribution; product performance; product quality and reliability; product portfolio; pricing; and staying power. Using Navigant Research’s proprietary Leaderboard methodology, vendors are profiled, rated, and ranked to provide an objective assessment of these companies’ relative strengths and weaknesses in the global utility FAN market. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the Navigant Research website.

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* The information contained in this press release concerning the report, Navigant Research Leaderboard: Utility Field Area Networking, 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.