Re: New electricity meters
The exact timetable for the introduction of Linky is not crystal clear yet, but ERDF tries to provide some transparency with a special website. There was a special section on this website where you could fill in the 14 digit code of your Point de Livraison (PDL}, to be found on your EDF facture. To get some indication of their timetable. Perhaps I didn't try hard enough, but this service seems to have disappeared. Perhaps a bridge too far because of all the delays. There is now only a general statement: you will be informed in advance.
This is what the ERDF has to say: "Au moment des opérations de remplacement, chaque client recevra à l’avance un courrier l’informant de la date à laquelle ERDF interviendra. Un numéro spécial sera ouvert au public et tous les renseignements nécessaires seront mis en ligne en plus des explications remises au moment de la pose (voir notices en bas de page)."
About the communication possibilities of Linky: it is supposed to talk with CPL encoding, using your electric cable to a so called concentrateur in your local substation. And from there through the air (GPRS) to headquarters. Only one minor problem: most of this telecommunication infrastructure is non-existent at this moment. The not-so-smart-meter approach, le faux compteur intelligent.
Timetable forecasting, personal opinion: Brussels has set 2020 as the finish line for the EU memberstates. In a (desperate?) effort to get somewhere in the neighbourhood of the EU target, 80% level of implementation, the ERDF/EDF will start with the cities, and probably not with far away villages and lieu-dits in the countryside of la France profonde.
Are you being served? My guess is that it will take several years before mr postman brings you the promised ERDF/EDF letter. As long as you belong to a species of mankind generally referred to as " campagnards".