Swisscom has invested an undisclosed amount in operator-backed software platform SoftAtHome.

SoftAtHome was created in 2008 by Orange, alongside vendors Thomson and Sagem Communications.

It has three solutions, focused on connectivity, Pay TV and cloud services, and is deployed on 25 million devices worldwide.

Orange, Etisalat and Swisscom are using the tech on a range of gateways and set-top-boxes.

Swisscom, for example, announced this month that it is using the platform for its three broadband home gateways in a bid to accelerate the delivery of VoIP.

Increasingly, SoftAtHome is looking to position itself as an enabler of IoT services in the home.

Orange said Swisscom had joined Etisalat in buying shares as part of SoftAtHome’s “Club of Operators” strategic initiative.

This aims to speed up smart home solutions by sharing best practices.

Mari-Noëlle Jégo-Laveissière, Senior Executive Vice President for Innovation, Marketing and Technologies at Orange and Chairman of SoftAtHome’s Board of Directors, said: “Orange is pleased to welcome Swisscom into its Club of Operators.

“We look forward to sharing know-how, insights and solutions in the digital home market through collaboration on the SoftAtHome platform.

“Our objective is to extend SoftAtHome’s leadership by developing further strategic agreements with other operators.

“SoftAtHome is an enabler of Orange’s new strategic plan ‘Essentials2020’ that puts customers’ needs at the heart of our strategy and provides them with an unmatched service experience and the best and most up-to-date enriched connectivity solutions, particularly in Internet of Things.”

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