Energy suppliers could hike prices for customers who stick with traditional meters, in an effort to encourage uptake of smart meters, an energy minister has suggested to MPs.

The rate of smart meter installations in the UK dropped in the last quarter of 2018, according to figures from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Last week the government revealed new proposals aimed at promoting smart meter technology for small businesses across the UK.

Here’s a roundup of last week’s mobile, broadband, and energy news: