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November 02, 2011

iControl Networks Partners with Swisscom
By Rahul Arora
TMCnet Contributor

iControl Networks, a leader in broadband home management, recently announced that it has partnered with Swisscom (News - Alert), Switzerland's leading telecom provider. The move has fueled iControl Netowrks’ efforts to expand its operations in the European market.

According to the terms of the partnership, both the companies will work toward providing new products and services that will enable residential customers to stay connected to their homes when away.

"Swisscom is the ideal partner for us to introduce our solution to the European market," says Robert Hagerty (News - Alert), CEO of iControl. "As a top tier telecommunications provider known for its innovation, Swisscom has the network, reach and credibility to bring a robust home management solution to millions of 'Smart Living' consumers."

Both the companies will launch the first "Smart Living" solutions in the Swiss market in 2012. With “Smart Living,” the users will easily be able to their home appliances and other devices via smartphones or the web from anywhere, at any time. 

"We want to contribute to a safer, more environmentally-friendly and more pleasant life for our customers with our new 'Smart Living' offering," explains Dieter Bernauer, CEO of Swisscom Participations.  “In the future, there will be new applications introduced, such as tools to help look after elderly relatives, or others in need of care, that provide support for living longer, more independently and more comfortably in the home.”

In a recent press release, Swisscom announced that it supports Federal Council’s opinion that there is no need for a revision and that any such revision would jeopardize the legal certainty essential for investment. Many telecom customers today use a whole bundle of in part combined offerings such as telephony, fixed-line Internet, television and mobile phone. However, in his analysis the Price Controller compared only the Swiss fixed-line Internet market with four other countries and is calling for a rapid revision of the Telecommunications Act.

Rahul Arora is a TMCnet contributor. He has worked as an editor and freelance writer for several reputed organizations in India. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves


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