Deutsche Telekom rolls out free smart home service to broadband customers

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Deutsche Telekom customers in Germany will now be able to manage smart home services through their router, as the operator looks to expand its reach beyond connectivity.

The operator has added its Magenta SmartHome offering to its Speedport Smart router, allowing users to manage a range of connected devices.

It is offering some “basic” features for free, such as an alarm system for doors and windows, as it looks to entice customers to upgrade to the full service offering.

New smoke and motion detectors and door and window contacts have been added, Deutsche Telekom said, with more components set to follow later this year.

In total, 170,000 households can access Magenta SmartHome after the operator added a firmware update to routers already installed in homes across the country.

The Speedport Smart router now also includes support for the DECT ULE wireless standard, meaning that smart devices such as thermostats can be connected.

Compatibility with other connectivity protocols such as Zigbee can be added through a USB stick.

The operator said it plans to ship 1.2 million smart routers every year.

Niek Jan van Damme, Managing Director of Telekom Deutschland, said: "We have been a reliable partner to our customers for many years when it comes to telecommunications and entertainment.

“So it's only natural to act as partners for security, convenience, and energy conservation, too.”

Deutsche Telekom aims to establish itself as a smart home platform for various consumer apps, its VP of Connected Home Thomas Rockmann told European Communications at Mobile World Congress in March.

It launched the Qivicon smart home platform in 2013, which Magenta SmartHome is built on.

The operator said 100,000 customers signed up for its smart home service last year.

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