O2 UK is closing the door of its smart home offering after customers shunned the service.
Since the Telefónica-owned provider began selling its smart-home solution in September 2016, the service did not reach undisclosed targets, according to reports in European Communications. To be successful, O2 UK required "category-leading take-up," Telefónica said in a statement.
However, that did not happen. Limited adoption is not restricted to O2. The United Kingdom is only at the early stages of smart-home adoption, Gartner determined in mid-2017. In a Deloitte survey, 48% of British consumers owned no smart home solutions.
While 28% owned a smart TV and 26% claimed a games console, a measly 3% said they used a surveillance security system. Another 3% relied on a connected thermostat, and 2% enjoyed connected lighting, the Deloitte report said.
And, as Broadband World News' current Flash Poll (below) discusses, service providers are not alone in their desire to dominate smart homes:
Perhaps unsurprisingly then in view of the nation's big picture, O2 decided to close the service in November 2017 and told subscribers in December. The service had enabled customers to control multiple Internet of Things (IoT) smart home devices via a management app. Despite the shut down of the service, consumers' associated devices will work independently, without the app.
The British operator will remain active in other IoT projects, including connected cars and smart meters, a spokesperson told European Communications.
The industry organization's major initiatives will address broadband differentiation based on quality of experience, global test labs for services, 5G, multi-access strategies and more, say CEO Robin Mersh and CMO Geoff Burke in an interview with BBWN.
Mike Zeto, GM of AT&T's Smart Cities division, expects metro areas to adopt platforms to manage multi-departmental IoT solutions once internal processes are aligned and more agencies are involved in smart city applications.
Fiber optic cable vendor Prysmian Group is now shipping its FlexRibbon Technology-based, US-sourced and made 6912 fiber MassLink Cable to service providers seeking densification for 5G or solutions for filled ducts.
Consumers are buying millions of IoT devices, from smart thermostats and security systems to intelligent entertainment setups and furniture. Yet many of these devices remain isolated because home users are uncomfortable connecting them to each other – or even their WiFi. After all, their WiFi network was probably designed only to handle a few laptops, a gaming system and a couple of smartphones. Now, demand on the network is surging and even though you're delivering 100 Mbps to 1 Gbps, that doesn't necessarily mean the broadband power is in the right place or reaches every corner of a home.
Even if WiFi coverage is sufficient, typing is not on trend. Voice is far more natural, easier and faster. Using a TV keyboard is archaic when more and more households have access to cloud-based voice services, like Amazon Alexa. This webinar will explore how service providers can create a comfortable, truly smart home for consumers – simultaneously driving up margin and loyalty.
Tune in to Broadband World News Radio on Thursday, November 1 at 8 a.m. PT, 11 a.m. ET, 3 p.m. UK as Ronan Kelly, CTO, EMEA & APAC Regions at ADTRAN, explores the five pillars of network integrity -- a topic he discussed during his recent Broadband World Forum keynote. Register now!