Belarus Telecommunications (Beltelecom) is the latest European operator to choose Huawei to provide its smart home technology.

The deal with the China-based vendor sees the operator initially target 200,000 households as it looks to roll out services over the next five years.

The first 5,000 users are set to get access to services including security and cloud storage before the end of the year.

Fixed-line provider Beltelecom has 4.3 million subscribers in Belarus.

A spokesperson for Huawei said that, if successful, the service would be expanded.

Specifically, the vendor is providing its NetOpen platform, smart home gateways and intelligent terminal equipment to the operator.

It will also integrate the various services from the as yet unnamed partners.

Beltelecom is the second European operator to choose Huawei’s smart home kit.

Telefónica has also been revealed to be one of seven operators who have signed up to use the tech.

China Telecom, China Unicom, China Mobile, STC and Telkom Indonesia are the others.

Spain-based Telefónica is also trialing AT&T’s Digital Life platform.

At European Communications IoT Conference earlier this month, Deutsche Telekom and Orange set out how their view on how they plan to capture growth in this emerging space.

[Read more: Operators proclaim unity in smart home battle with “west coast titans”]

According to an October report from Deutsche Telekom and Strategy Analytics, innovative business models will be key to unlocking value from a market that is predicted to be worth €15.5 billion in 2019.

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