Successful Dutch trial completed, commercial rollout started earlier this year. Deutsche Telekom connected home ecosystem continues European expansion.
Consumers in the Netherlands can now experience smart home services available from KPN, the major Dutch telecoms operator, in partnership with Deutsche Telekom. KPN’s smart home offer ‘KPN Smartlife’ was introduced in the Dutch market via customer trials last year and is now fully available to its customer base. The underlying technology is based on Deutsche Telekom’s innovative Connected Home QIVICON platform, which has an open architecture and is designed to integrate with multiple connected devices and support new revenue generating services.
“We are pleased to welcome KPN as the first international telecoms operator to join our connected home ecosystem,” says Christian von Reventlow, Chief Product & Innovation Officer, Deutsche Telekom.
“The KPN connected home partnership is part of our strategy to expand our presence in Europe. We are actively engaging with potential partners from large corporates to innovative start-ups, as our platform supports a number of different business models where companies can develop new solutions or services, extend existing products and adapt to new market potential and target groups.”
von Reventlow concludes:
“The success of our platform in Germany and Austria, and now this roll out in the Netherlands will help us to take a lead in the connected home market, as we target other European countries.”
Deutsche Telekom’s open Connected Home platform was launched in Germany under the name QIVICON in 2013. While KPN is the first international telecoms operator to build on the platform, Austrian utility company, eww, rolled out a connected home offer based on Deutsche Telekom’s technology last year.
Over 40 partners currently utilize the platform, including Philips, Osram, Miele, Samsung, Huawei, Sonos and Netamo. It enables firms across multiple sectors – from retail to insurance, energy and telecoms operators – to build growth strategies and exploit opportunities in the market.