AT&T has established a Smart Cities Organisation in a bid to expand its reach in the global connected market.

According to Glenn Lurie, president and CEO, at AT&T Mobility: “The surge of connected devices shows there are endless possibilities for building smart cities.

"With more than 23 million connected devices globally, we're building IoT platforms that work together to help create a better, more sustainable world."

AT&T says it has already made headway in the smart cities market helping communities solve problems by connecting things like utility meters, street lights, and water systems.

Earlier this year, AT&T partnered with GE to develop smart metering and smart grid applications for the industrial Internet of Things.

Under the agreement, the two companies are working on solutions for smart grid and machine to machine communications, said John Lavelle, vice president of GE Digital Energy.

Mr Lavelle said the two companies are "propelling our shared vision for a more cohesive energy network. In short, we are connecting brilliant machines to the industrial internet."