The smart home is vital to communication service providers, a new report from ABI has claimed. It says it is a critical time for operators as they are being outperformed through rivals’ “aggressive” strategies. Pablo Tomasi, Senior Analyst said: “CSPs are being threatened in a market increasingly driven by the likes of Google and Amazon with a range of products and services from AI-powered smart home voice control smart speakers to security solutions.”
Tomasi said to take advantage of the sector, operators must accelerate their strategies or risk being left behind. He predicted the potential revenue for operators could be worth $11.2 billion by 2022, although the road to those riches will not be an easy one.
He said: “CSPs are accelerating their strategies for the smart home. Telefonica with Aura, Orange with Djingo, and SK Telecom with Nugu lead the way of CSPs developing AI assistant to support their smart home play. Now is the time for CSPs to be more aggressive in tying the usage of their AI assistants to their other connected and smart home offerings.”
He said a solid strategy was the platform approach, noting Deutsche Telekom’s Qivicon solution as one success. It launched in Norway last year before being extended to other markets and now supports more than 250 different devices. But he noted that a successful platform needs a wide partner ecosystem and a monetisation model that favours freemium services. Operators’ broad reach within a home through connectivity should give it a built-in advantage to any competitor, he said.