Dubai has been ranked among the top 10 countries as leaders in smart home availability in a report released by Moscow’s Department Information Technologies (DIT).
The report carried out a study of smart home monthly tariffs charged by operators in various countries. The tariffs are lowest in Moscow and Berlin, and highest in Dubai.
According to the report, the tariffs cover the installation of equipment such as smart devices and sensors as well as rental and servicing costs for over three years.
The ranking also included Sydney, London and Toronto, which came fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.
In Moscow operators for smart home solutions is EUR 7.6 per month, compared to EUR 7.9 in Berlin and EUR 12.5 in Paris, which holds third place in the ranking. The most expensive city is Dubai, at EUR 21.9 per month, the study noted.
The DIT study highlighted that telecoms operators are active players in the smart home market.
“At present, more than half of the world’s major telecoms operators offer smart home solutions with devices and special tariffs,” it said.
The study looked at over 30 leading telecoms operators in nine countries, focusing on the cost of their minimum smart home tariff plan under a minimum three-year contract.
It also noted that the most popular smart home devices are smart care sensors, smoke detectors, air quality sensors, water leak detectors, and opening and closing sensors, each of which is included in the tariff of at least one operator in each city.
The largest number of devices is available within the tariffs offered in Berlin and Dubai – 15 each. Second place on this indicator is held by Toronto, with 14 devices. In London, nine devices are available, compared to 10 in Moscow and 11 in Paris.
Analysts predict that the global smart home device market will grow at an average annual rate of over 20 percent to reach 1.3 billion devices in 2022.