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Hrvatski Telekom became the latest NatCo to deploy the Swedish vendor’s set-top box operating system to support entry-level and other products.

Deutsche Telekom (DT) has now rolled out set-top boxes (STB) populated with the hardware-agnostic Zenterio OS platform, to support IPTV services in at least six of its nine pay-TV markets: Croatia; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Romania; and Slovakia.

The most recent deployment was announced by Hrvatski Telekom (HT), which is using the STB middleware to support a new version of its IPTV offering MAXtv. Zenterio described the service that its OS will support in Croatia as a new “entry-level” offering, although it is not clear exactly to which HT service it was referring. The operator released a “new generation of MAXtv” in May 2017, although this was full-featured (Deutsche Telekomwatch, #64). In June 2017, it launched a basic, non-contractual TV plan, branded Simpa, although this was for access to over-the-top offering MAXtv To Go.

Sweden-based Zenterio, which emerged out of Nokia, looks to also be supporting Telekom Deutschland (TDE)’s StartTV service, which was launched in May 2017 as a more affordable and linear digital TV service to complement the flagship EntertainTV service (Deutsche Telekomwatch, #62). “[The announcement with TDE] marks the culmination of five years of collaboration with Deutsche Telekom”, said Jörgen Nilsson, Chief Executive of Zenterio.

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  • DT has been working with Zenterio as part of a project to consolidate the IPTV STB technology it uses in its central and southern European markets. The relationship between DT and Zenterio has been driven by the Group’s desire to create a more integrated approach to its TV offerings across its regional footprint, eliminating the problems caused by running multiple operating systems on STBs.
  • DT’s TV Technical Service Centre, which plans and builds TV solutions for Group subsidiaries and is run by Magyar Telekom (MT) in Budapest, plays a central role in the strategy to eliminate fragmentation among different STB deployments in Europe (Deutsche Telekomwatch, #50, #51, and #55). The centre functions as the Group’s TV service production hub as part of the over-arching Pan-European Network (Pan-Net) initiative, which ultimately aims to run services for all twelve DT markets outside Germany from a central hub. Huawei Technologies and Zenterio have previously been identified as two of around 15 vendors thought to be supporting MT with TV product development (Deutsche Telekomwatch, #51).
  • In an interview with Zenterio in July 2015, Thomas Staneker, Head of the TV Technical Service Centre, said the facility’s purpose was to “deliver TV services at a lower cost, but also share best practices and innovations across countries”. He described use of an “independent OS”, and “decoupling” of middleware and hardware, as “crucial for us as it enables us to act on our overall ambitions for our TV offering”.
  • MT was the first NatCo to sign up with Zenterio, indicating in March 2014 that it was using the OS on two new STBs. Telekom Romania followed shortly after, and has indicated it uses the OS alongside technology from content delivery and protection specialist Viaccess-Orca, a strategic partner of Zenterio, for the rollout of its new IPTV and over-the-top multiscreen service Telekom TV (Deutsche Telekomwatch, #30, #50, and passim).

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Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE BRIEF

GROUP

Strategy

DT exec vents frustration at lack of NFV progress [p6]

  • Lifecycle lessons learned
  • NFV orchestration
  • People, processes, procurement
  • Table: People movement highlights

Technology & Innovation

Group on hand as TIP seeks to power European startups [p12]

  • Network AI is DT’s next focus
  • Eyes wide open

Deutsche Telekom UK looks to AI future [p13]

  • Table: hub:raum investment portfolio, to 2017
  • Table: DT’s search for intelligent conversation: combining AI with chatbots
  • Bits and bots
  • Outrider DTUK hanging on in there

Supply chain

DT cost drive brings change in facilities partner [p17]

  • Big deals, big consequences
  • Table: Partner/supplier people movement highlights
  • More work for less money

GERMANY

Products and services

TDE adds 4K and original content to EntertainTV [p20]

  • Three-million mark reached, but TV uptake still off target
  • TDE adds new exclusive content, including its first-in-house series
  • Other recent TV content moves

EUROPE

Croatia

HT pins TV platform flag to Zenterio mast [p24]

  • Tapped into XPan-Net

Poland

TMPL bumps up LTE max to ‘395Mbps’ [p25]

  • Network pointers

1800MHz spectrum up in air as 2007 auction annulled [p26]

  • Annulled in August…
  • …reopened in September

Slovakia

ST makes 3.7GHz breakthrough in Bratislava [p28]

  • Long and binding road to 3.7GHz
  • Stepping up to the 3.4GHz-3.8GHz plate

SYSTEMS SOLUTIONS

People

DT reaches beyond borders for Clemens successor [p31]

  • Sea change could disrupt T-Sys partner roster
  • A demolition man with connections
  • Figure: DT Board of Management responsibility split, pre-2016 and post-2018 changes

Products and services

T-Sys dips toe in ngena’s shared network pool [p35]

  • Equinix comes on board to expand reach

USA

Deals

TMUS takes full ownership of regional venture iWireless [p38]Network

TMUS pushes on 3.5GHz testing with Ericsson, Nokia [p39]

  • Regulatory tide turning on 3.5GHz?

TMUS gets 600MHz boost from Fox and Qualcomm [p42]

  • Tenant eviction remains a headache
  • NAB concerns
  • Qualcomm chips in
  • Beyond 600MHz

FURTHER READING

INDEX

Index

Symbols

3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) 29

A

Africa 11, 31
Nigeria 11
Akamai Technologies 9
Alphabet
Google 7, 12
YouTube 20
Amazon.com Inc. 12
Americas
United States of America (USA) 31, 36, 37, 39, 40, 42
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 39, 40, 42, 43
– – States
Florida 31
– – – Illinois 38
– – – Iowa 38
– – – Nebraska 38
– – – New York 42
– – – Washington 39
Apple 12, 15
iPhone 15
Asia-Pacific 36, 40
Australia 38
– – China 7, 8
AT&T 8, 39

B

Blinkist 13
BT Group 11, 12, 15
BT Global Services 11
– – EE 11, 13, 15, 31
Bundesliga 20

C

CenturyLink Inc. 35
Český Telekomunikační Úřad (ČTÚ) 28
China Mobile 8
Ciena Corp. 8
Cinven 32
Cisco Systems 25, 36
Coca-Cola 26
Comarch SA 36
Contiamo 13
CTIA 40
Cyfrowy Polsat SA 26

D

DanubiaTel
SWAN 29
Dell 12
Deutsche Bank 38
Deutsche Telekom 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 31, 32, 33, 35, 38, 39, 40, 42, 43
Corporate
Headquarters 12
Deutsche Telekom Capital Parrtners
Deutsche Telekom Strategic Investments
Skorpios Technologies (see separate) 9
Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners 9, 32
Deutsche Telekom Strategic Investments 9
Cuculus (see separate) 9
– – – Nominum (see separate) 9
Next Generation Enterprise Network Alliance (ngena) 35, 36
Europe
Austria 11, 14
– – Croatia (Hrvatski Telekom) 11, 24, 25
– – Czech Republic 13, 28, 29
– – Greece (see OTE) 11
– – Hungary (see Magyar Telekom) 15, 24, 25
– – International Carrier Sales & Services (ICSS) 14
– – Montenegro (see Magyar Telekom) 11
– – Netherlands 11, 32
– – Poland (Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa/PTC) 11, 15, 25, 26, 29
NetWorkS! 25
Slovakia (Slovak Telekom/T-Mobile) 11, 28, 29
– – UK (EE) 11, 13, 15, 31
Executives
Ashouriha, Arash 6
– – Clauberg, Axel 12
– – Clemens, Reinhard 11, 31
– – Dannenfeldt, Thomas 18
– – Daub, Daniel 11
– – Fiegl, Matthias 11
– – Grohs, Franz 11
– – Hagspihl, Michael 21
– – Höttges, Timotheus 20, 33
– – Knauer, Martin 11
– – Lenz, Peter 11
– – Lukaschik, Dirk 11
– – Nemat, Claudia 15
– – Nemeth, Christian 11
– – Radszuweit, Jens 11
– – Ray, Neville 39, 42
– – Saletovic, Danjin 11
– – Snoep, Marieke 11
– – Stettler, Roland 11
– – Tsokanis, Timos 11
– – van Damme, Niek Jan 21
– – Zesch, Maria 11
Ex-executives
Kral, Otakar 11
– – Rook, Ivo 11
Germany 14, 15, 20, 21, 24, 25, 29
Congstar 14
Investments
Magyar Telekom (see separate) 15, 24, 25
– – OTE (see separate) 26
Management Board 17
– – Product and Innovation
hubraum 13, 14
Blinkist (see separate) 13
– – – Contiamo (see separate) 13
– – – Devicehub.net (see separate) 13
– – – Ecoisme (see separate) 13
– – – Excalibur (see separate) 13
– – – Flexperto (see separate) 13
– – – Frestyl (see separate) 13
– – – Koala Metrics (see separate) 13
– – – M2MGO (see separate) 13
– – – Omnipaste (see separate) 13
– – – Reputami (see separate) 13
– – – Salonmeister (see separate) 13
– – – Stylemarks (see separate) 13
– – – Thapir (see separate) 13
Telekom Innovation Laboratories (T-Labs) 14
Products and services
MagentaZuhause 20
– – Scout24 32
Systems Solutions 30
T-Systems 9, 11, 13, 14, 17, 26, 31, 32, 35, 36, 38
Satellic 17
Technology
BNG (Broadband Network Gateway) 6
– – TeraStream 6
USA 29, 38, 39, 40, 42, 43
Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners 9
Devicehub.net 13

E

Ecoisme 13
Emblaze Group
European Telecom 6
EMC 12
VMware 12, 36
E.ON AG 9
Ericsson 8, 9, 12, 25, 39
Croatia (see Ericsson Nikola Tesla) 25
Europe
Austria 11, 17
– – Belgium 15, 17
– – Croatia 11, 13, 15, 24, 25
– – Czech Republic 8, 13, 28
Czech Telecommunications Office (CTU) 28
Denmark 17
– – Finland 32
– – France 15, 21
– – Germany 8, 9, 13, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 32, 35, 36
– – Bundesnetzagentur für Elektrizität, Gas, Telekommunikation, Post und Eisenbahnen (BNetzA, RegTP, FNA, or German Federal Network Agency) 21
Greece 24, 26
– – Hungary 15, 24
– – Netherlands 6, 8, 11, 13
– – Poland 11, 13, 15, 25, 26, 29
Urząd Komunikacji Elektronicznej (UKE) 25, 26
Portugal 11, 13, 35
– – Romania 8, 11, 13, 24
– – Slovakia 8, 11, 13, 24, 28, 29
– – Spain 11, 35
– – Sweden 24
– – Switzerland 11, 21
– – United Kingdom (UK) 11, 13, 15, 31, 32, 40
European Telecommunications Standards Institute 6, 8
European Union 28, 29, 40
European Commission 29
Excalibur 13

F

Facebook 7, 12, 14
Telecom Infra Project 12
Flexperto 13
France Télécom
Orange 12, 15, 25, 26
Poland (see Telekomunikacja Polska) 25, 26
– – UK (see EE, DT) 13, 15, 31
Frestyl 13

G

Giga Information Group 20
GSM Association
Mobile World Congress 6, 20, 35
GSM Association (GSMA) 15, 39

H

Hellman & Friedman 32
Hewlett-Packard 8
Host Europe Group 32
Hrvatski Telekom (see DT, Croatia) 11, 24, 25
MAXtv 24
Huawei Technologies 7, 8, 12, 20, 24, 29, 32

I

IBM 8, 11, 31
IDEMIA 15
Inmarsat 35
Intel 8, 11
International Telecommunications Union 43
iPass Inc. 14
ISS Group 17

K

Koala Metrics 13
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts 32
KONE Corporation 32

L

LG Electronics 43

M

M2MGO 13
Magyar Telekom (see DT) 15, 24, 25
Montenegro (Crnogorski Telekom) 11
– – T-Systems Hungary 14, 26
Market segments
Mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) 7
MD7 18
Midas
Aero2 26
– – Centernet 26
– – Mobyland 26
Middle East 11, 31
Israel 13

N

National Association of Broadcasters 42
NEC 8
Netflix 20
Nokia 8, 9, 24, 25, 39
Nominum 9
Northgate Information Solutions Ltd 31, 32
NTT 8

O

Omnipaste 13
OTE (Hellenic Telecom. Org. SA, see DT) 26
Cosmote 11
Greece 11

P

P4 sp. z o.o. (Play) 26
Palo Alto Networks Inc. 11
PCCW 35
Portugal Telecom 35
Public Broadcasting Service 42

Q

Qualcomm 12, 42, 43
Quantum Corp. 12

R

Ranovus 9
Reliance-Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group
Reliance Communications (RCom) 35
Reputami 13
RTL Group 21

S

Salonmeister 13
Samsung 15
SAP 26, 32
ServiceNow 32
Skorpios Technologies 9
SK Telecom 12, 35
Sky
Sky Deutschland 20
Slovak Telekom (see DT, Slovakia) 11, 28, 29
Sony Corp. 29
Spotify Ltd 21
Sprint Corporation 11, 39
STRABAG SE
STRABAG Property and Facility Services (formerly DeTe Immobilien) 17
Stylemarks 13

T

Technology
2G 38
GSM 15, 39
3G 28, 29, 39, 40
Evolved HSPA (HSPA+/I-HSPA)
MIMO 25, 29
4G 15, 38, 43
Long Term Evolution (LTE) 25, 26, 29, 42
5G 28, 29, 39, 40, 43
– – FM 42
– – HD Voice 15
– – IMS 31
– – IP 6, 12, 35
– – IPTV 20, 24
– – Linux 7, 8
– – NFV 6, 7, 8
– – OpenStack 7
– – R&D 12, 13
– – RF 43
– – SDN 6, 7, 8
– – Smartphone 15, 29, 43
– – SMS 39
– – Spectrum 25, 26, 28, 29, 39, 40, 42, 43
450 MHz 26
– – 700 MHz 43
– – 800 MHz 25
– – 1800 MHz 25, 26
– – 2100 MHz 25
– – 2600 MHz 25
– – 3500 MHz 28, 29, 39, 40
WAN 35
– – W-LAN 14, 15, 29
Telefónica Group 8, 12, 15, 17, 28
Europe 28, 29
Slovakia 28
Telstra 35
Thapir 13

V

VERITAS Software Corp. 36
Verizon Communications 38, 39
Verizon Wireless 39
Viber Media 14
Vivendi
SFR (Société Française de Radiotéléphone) 35
Vodafone 6, 9, 11, 12, 17
Europe Region
Germany 17

Z

Zenterio 21, 24

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Report: #67
Published: October 2017
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