LONDON Dec 14 Dixons Carphone, Europe's
largest electrical goods and phones retailer, and UK energy
supplier SSE have formed a strategic partnership to
provide "connected home" services to a combined UK customer base
of 10 million households, they said on Wednesday.
The companies said they saw a vast opportunity from not just
selling connected devices - those linked-up to the Internet -
but also from installing, servicing, monitoring and controlling
They said the venture will provide customers with support
and services to manage devices in their homes "from boilers to
laptops, dishwashers to wifi."
"Customers will be able to control connected devices in the
home, purchase a wide range of recommended products, arrange
installation of smart thermostats or security systems, get peace
of mind cover and help to troubleshoot technical and maintenance
issues," Dixons and SSE said in a joint statement.
The venture will be able to make use of 4,000 engineers and
technical advisers and operate out of 1,200 stores.
Will Morris, SSE's managing director retail, told Reuters it
was the "one-stop shop" element that made the venture very
different from anything else currently in the market.
"I think this is going to transform how quickly homes across
the UK can get connected," said Andrew Harrison, deputy CEO of
Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.
Dixons Carphone is scheduled to publish first-half results
at 0700 GMT on Wednesday.
(Reporting by James Davey; Editing by Greg Mahlich)