Smart home


Connected devices market set to surge by 70% by 2025  

2021 will be the “year of service and device lifecycle management”, claims a new report.  According to figures from the Broadband Forum, the number of installed connected devices in the home is expected to rise by 70% by 2025, with smart home systems set to rise to a market value of US$157 billion by 2023. […]

Akamai teams up with Plume for smart home services

CDN specialist Akamai has struck a partnership with smart home services and WiFi  technology provider Plume to give Akamai’s global customer network, sales and marketing teams immediate access to Plume’s services platform to accelerate the deployment of smart home services for broadband subscribers. The partnership will see the pair combine Akamai’s Security and Personalisation Services (SPS) […]

Smart displays seeing increased demand as users convert from speakers

Users of smart speakers, like Amazon’s Echo or Google’s Nest ranges, are increasingly switching to smart displays. According to Strategy Analytics, the share of all smart speaker sales incorporating a display was 26% in Q3 2020, compared to 22% a year earlier. Smart displays sales in Q3 rose year-on-year by 21% to 9.5 million units, […]

Entertainment to dominate 13.5 billion-strong smart home market by 2025

There will be almost 13.5 billion smart home devices in use by 2025, claims a new report. According to new figures from Juniper Research, the smart entertainment category will dominate the market and take up the bulk of the projected US$230 billion revenue smart home devices generate. Both figures are a marked improvement from 2020, […]

Smart home market to rebound in H2 after shaky Q2

The EMEA smart home market is expected to make a comeback in H2 2020 following a slump in the first half of the year. According to IDC, the smart home market declined by 7.2% in Q2 year-over-year, with the market accounting for 20.29 million shipments between April and June. Amazon and Google were the only […]

SFR follows up set-top launch with smart home offering

Altice France/SFR has followed up the launch of its latest set-top box, the SFR Box 8 by debuting its new smart home service, SFR Home.  The operator said it was tapping the WiFi 6 capability of the SFR Box 8 and its voice command feature to offer a set of services that would appeal to […]

Swisscom launches new TV box as centre of smart home

Swisscom has launched a new TV box that will serve as a smart home control centre with an integrated voice assistant. Swisscom has also revamped its TV user interface as part of the launch.  The new box comes with a new voice assistant that can be used to control the TV, including switching channels, launching […]

Parks: 75% of smart home device owners find devices ‘very valuable’

Some 75% of US smart home device owners find their devices ‘very valuable’, according to Parks Associates. The research firm found that consumers’ value assessment of smart home solutions “jumped considerably once they own these products”, with 38% of people who don’t own a smart home device considering them valuable. “Smart home device owners are […]

Tricolor launches smart home service

Russian pay TV provider Tricolor has launched smart home service that allows its customers to manage a range of smart home devices from their TV screen or from a mobile application on iOS and Android devices. Tricolor has updated the software on its advanced set-top boxes, provided by its GS Group affiliate, to enable the […]

Com Hem launches smart home platform for MDUs

Swedish cable operator Com Hem has launched a new smart home platform aimed at the multi-dwelling units (MDU) business. Com Hem Smart will, according to the operator, enable residents to book common spaces and resources and share and exchange with their neighbours. It will also give landlords digital tools to keep administrative and maintenance costs […]