KPN has unveiled a new IoT platform as it looks to boost the performance of its struggling enterprise arm.

The Dutch operator said KPN Things comprised hardware, connectivity, and data and consulting services.

The horizontal platform, which is based on kit from Cumulocity, is supplemented by a range of connected devices that enable customers “to monitor, control, and track anything they want”, a spokesperson said.

KPN Things is suited to “many different verticals”, the spokesperson added, with customers able to utilise the LoRa network the operator launched last year as well as regular cellular connectivity.

Last month, KPN signed a deal with China Unicom to allow IoT-focused enterprise customers to access each other’s networks.

KPN Things, for which the operator is charging a fixed monthly fee, also enables businesses to connect their own devices to the platform.

Carolien Nijhuis, Managing Director IoT at KPN, said: "We see a huge growth in the IoT market, in every industry there is an increasing need for new applications that can help organisations work more efficiently or develop new business models.

“We introduce KPN Things to better serve business customers, in order for them to take full advantage of the opportunities in this market.

“KPN Things reduces the threshold to get started with IoT and provides a complete, safe and ready-to-use IoT solution: from sensors, connectivity and data storage to data services and integration with customer systems."

The operator trailed the launch of KPN Things during its Q2 financial results, noting it had provided 3.1 million IoT connections by 30 June.

This translated into a market share of 57 percent, KPN said.

The operator hopes KPN Things will further boost its struggling enterprise arm, which saw revenues drop 5.9 percent to €540 million in the second quarter.

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