Vodafone has won a deal with ScottishPower Energy Networks to manage and upgrade performance monitoring and fault identification systems in the UK.

The €100 million, four-year contract concerns SP Energy Networks’ electricity transmission and distribution networks that cover more than 3.5 million homes and businesses.

Vodafone will operate remote monitoring data systems across more than 110,000 km of overhead lines and underground cables and more than 30,000 substations.

The operator has also signed up to help the utility company to implement new smart grid technologies and integrate generation from renewable sources.

SP Energy Networks Chief Executive Frank Mitchell said: “This is a major contract that is designed to enhance our network operations and ultimately benefit our 3.5 million customers.”

Vodafone Global Enterprise saw revenues increase over five percent in the six months to September 2015, its most recent financial results.

It said there was “an increasing trend” among multinational corporations to retain a single provider of services across borders.

Last November, Vodafone Global Enterprise CEO Jan Geldmacher outlined to European Communications the challenges involved in moving up the value chain from providing pure connectivity.

[Read more: Q&A with Jan Geldmacher]

In 2014, Vodafone signed a deal with Irish electricity provider ESB to use the utility company’s infrastructure to deploy fibre broadband services.

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