Dubai ranked as most expensive city for smart home services

Study shows smart home services from telcos in Dubai cost almost three times those of Moscow or Berlin

The study by DIT Moscow looked at the minimum cost of installation, rental and servicing of smart home devices from 30 telcos in nine countries.
The study by DIT Moscow looked at the minimum cost of installation, rental and servicing of smart home devices from 30 telcos in nine countries.

Dubai has ranked as the most expensive city in the world for smart home services, according to a new study.

The survey, conducted by DIT, the IT Department of the City of Moscow, showed that the minimum cost of equipping a home with smart services in Dubai is €21.9 per month ($24.4). Moscow was the cheapest city for smart home services, at €7.6 per month ($8.5), followed by €7.9 in Berlin and €12.5 in Paris.

For the study, the minimum amount for smart services took into account the installation of equipment (devices, sensors etc.), as well as rental and servicing costs for a minimum period of three years in each city.

The other cities, Sydney, London and Toronto, had monthly tariffs of €18, €19.6 and €20.5 respectively.

Dubai and Berlin were ranked as leaders for the most types of smart home devices on offer from telecom operators, at 15.

The authors of the study said: “With the development of digital technologies, smart home devices are becoming more and more popular amongst Muscovites. More than 5% of Moscow families have already bought and use such devices, while in some countries, such as Norway, Denmark (and other Scandinavian countries), as well as the United States, one in four families are already using smart home devices.

Analyst estimates predict that the global smart home device market will grow at an average annual rate of over 20% to reach 1.3 billion devices in 2022.

The study authors noted the importance of telecom operators in the smart home market: “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.”

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.

The study reveals that 42% of telecoms operators in megacities do not supply smart home services, 32% sell devices and offer special tariffs, and 26% sell smart home devices but do not offer tariffs covering their connection and servicing.

As part of the study, DIT also compiled a list of the most popular types of smart home equipment. This covers 24 devices, including plant 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 devices are divided into four categories: ecology, security, light & electricity, and hardware.

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, 9 devices are available, compared to 10 in Moscow and 11 in Paris.

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