Dutch mobile operator KPN has teamed up with German operator Deutsche Telekom to implement the latter’s smart home solution in the Netherlands. 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 Connected Home QIVICON platform, which has an open architecture and is designed to integrate with multiple connected devices and support new revenue generating services.
KPN is the first international telecoms operator to join Deutsche Telekom's connected home ecosystem, but the Dutch company joins 40+ European market partners, from a variety of industries including energy and utilities, that are already using QIVICON to implement their own smart home propositions.
The platform is also now available internationally as a white label solution, making it easy for companies of all sizes from start-ups and SMEs to larger organisation to realize their connected home products and services, by integrating them into a larger ecosystem.
“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.
“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,” concluded von Reventlow.
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.