- 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. 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," concludes 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.
About Deutsche Telekom
Deutsche Telekom is one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies with more than 156 million mobile customers, 29 million fixed-network lines and around 18 million broadband lines (as of December 31, 2015). The Group provides fixed-network/broadband, mobile communications, Internet, and Internet-based TV products and services for consumers, and ICT solutions for business customers and corporate customers. Deutsche Telekom is present in more than 50 countries and has around 225,200 employees worldwide. The Group generated revenues of EUR 69.2 billion in the 2015 financial year – around 64 percent of it outside Germany.
About Deutsche Telekom´s Connected Home Full Service Offer
Deutsche Telekom has built an open connected home platform which was successfully launched in Germany under the name QIVICON in late 2013. The QIVICON platform is also available internationally and is already implemented in several European markets.
Based on the QIVICON platform, Deutsche Telekom’s Connected Home full service offer is available through a range of options, including under license or as a full service white label offer.
Already the foundation for multiple connected home initiatives, the full service offer features an interoperable, expandable and scalable architecture. It provides a fast and efficient approach for companies from all industries to realize their connected home products and services and integrate them into a larger ecosystem.
Over 40 partners are part of the Deutsche Telekom Connected Home ecosystem, including notable manufacturers such as eQ-3, Miele Samsung, Philips, Osram, Sonos, Huawei, Netamo, Bosch Junkers and many more. In Germany and Austria, Deutsche Telekom has also partnered with leading utilities, including EnBW, Vattenfall, Rheinenergie, entega and eww Gruppe to provide a range of home energy management services designed to meet the needs of consumers and the regulatory environment.