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The take up of smart devices will continue to grow throughout 2019, but capitalizing on that growth remains a conundrum for service providers.


  • Smart speakers will push home automation into new households.
  • Vendors will increase product and pricing innovation.
  • Service providers will work with partners to expand outside of their core expertise.

Features and Benefits

  • Reveals four key trends that will shape the smart home market in 2019.
  • Provides strategic recommendations for service providers and equipment vendors.

Key questions answered

  • What are going to be the key trends in smart home in 2019?
  • What will change in the service provider market around smart home?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for service providers and platforms
  • Recommendations for technology vendors

Smart speakers will become the central smart home device

  • Smart speakers will lead the smart home device category
  • Smart speakers increasingly will not mean smart home
  • Smart speakers will focus on becoming more useful

Vendors will increase levels of innovation

  • Unmet demand for smart home remains high
  • Greater innovation in design and pricing is required

Service providers will expand their smart home portfolio

  • Telcos will start to step outside of their comfort zone
  • A greater focus on smart home devices

Vendors will move beyond just selling devices

  • Vendors will increase their service offerings


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author