Telecoms company Onecom has appointed experienced telecoms specialist Graham Doe as head of Internet of Things as it focuses on smart connected services for businesses as a major growth area.

The newly-created post comes after Onecom signed a major five-year deal with Vodafone to develop, launch and manage IoT services nationwide.

Doe has more than 10 years of sales and management in the IoT space, has worked for some of the UK’s largest telecoms companies including Telefonica O2 UK and Arqiva.

He has considerable knowledge and experience in existing and emerging IoT connectivity and hardware solutions across a range of sectors including energy and utilities, telecoms, healthcare, transport and security.

“Innovation in IoT services is a major focus for Onecom, and its importance is reflected in the quality of this appointment,” said Aaron Brown, chief operating officer at Onecom.

“Graham brings with him a wealth of experience in telecoms and particularly in IoT, along with an instinctive understanding of how connected hardware is going to transform UK businesses over the coming year.

“His expertise and dedication to outstanding customer experience make him a perfect fit for Onecom.”

Onecom, which has headquarters in Hampshire and offices around the UK and Northern Ireland, is the UK’s largest independent business telecommunications provider, operating from 12 regional offices, including London, Cardiff, Southampton, Plymouth, Leeds, Telford, Norwich and Brighton.

Doe said: “Onecom has an exciting vision for the use of IoT technology and understands the virtually unlimited possibilities that it brings for businesses.

“I am excited to take this new role and looking forward to driving Onecom’s dominance in the IoT market, achieving ambitious sales growth targets and leading an expanding sales and marketing team.”

Following the deal with Vodafone, Onecom estimates that IoT services will add an extra £10m to its turnover next year, putting it on target to hit £110m in annual revenue.

The company currently manages over 325,000 mobile connections, delivering communication services and unified solutions across fixed line voice, connectivity and cloud computing to some of the UK’s most dynamic companies.