O2 has announced plans to bring a smart home product to the UK market later this year.

The operator, which is waiting regulatory approval for its takeover by rival Three, is using AT&T’s Digital Life platform – a wireless home management system that features automated security and energy services – as the basis for its offer.

O2’s parent company, Telefónica, trialled Digital Life in Europe last year.

The operator is launching with a range of other partners who are providing specific services.

These include a thermostat from tado°, cameras from Samsung and Sercomm, and locks from Yale.

David Plumb, Digital Director at O2, said he was was “keen to hear” from other players who want to join the ecosystem.

He added: “At O2 we are building an ecosystem that will deliver a complete smart home experience. 

“By teaming up with the very best device, platform and service providers, we will be able to give people the smartest tech for their homes.

“But crucially, we will use our O2 Gurus, with installation experts, to make it easy and simple for people to get the most out of that tech, ensuring they can save money and time or simply gain peace of mind.” 

Jon Carter, UK head of Business Development, Connected Home at Deutsche Telekom, told delegates at the recent European Communications/Mobile Europe IoT conference that less than five percent of households across Europe have a smart home product currently.

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DT has launched its Qivicon platform in Germany and Austria, while Telefónica has added a home security service to its quad-play offer in Spain.

Last month, Belarus Telecom announced plans to trial Huawei’s smart home platform.

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CCS Insight analyst Kester Mann commented: “Seeking to establish UK leadership in the connected home market is a sensible strategy for a pure-play mobile operator like O2 UK.

"It would allow some differentiation versus converged UK rivals now heavily pursuing multi-play strategies.

"Indeed, as others focus attention on bundling fixed-line and mobile services at point of sale during 2016, O2 could use its retail footprint to establish a major advantage in this new area."

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