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: #132
January 2019: 60pp
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EXECUTIVE BRIEF

GROUP

Acquisitions and disposals: Telefónica offloads call centre stake to Digitex [p.6]

People [p.7]

  • Table: People movement highlights

GLOBAL RESOURCES

5G: SIAE hails 10Gbps wireless links tests with Telefónica [p.11]

  • SIAE winning in Germany, too

Nokia and O2 complete 5G cluster for future tests [p.13]

  • O2 UK keeping Huawei in the mix
  • 5TONIC chosen as network slicing testbed

IoT: CalAmp backs IoT fleet solutions in Mexico and beyond [p.16]

Suppliers: Accenture flags digital transformation role [p.17]

Telefónica launches Quantenna 8×8 MIMO Wi-Fi 6 portfolio [p.19]

Telefónica Empresas: Telefónica means business with Empresas overhaul [p.21]

  • Agile digital units and emerging startups to fuel Empresas growth

Virtualisation: Wind River propels UNICA closer to the edge [p.24]

  • Telefónica sticking with OSM?

DIGITAL SERVICES

Blockchain: Telefónica backs foundation of ETSI blockchain group [p.28]

  • Telefónica's block party
  • SEAT strengthens blockchain bond with Telefónica

Video: NAGRA's content protection secures Movistar IPTV service worldwide [p.32]

  • Net Insights scores Movistar+ and TSA deal

LATIN AMERICA

Argentina: Telefónica rolls out Wyplay IPTV service in Argentina [p.35]

Brazil: Furukawa progress with Vivo on 'pay as you grow' basis [p.37]

Vivo updates on AURA progress [p.39]

EUROPE

Germany: O2 Germany goes to court over 5G auction rules [p.43]

  • Key points of the 5G auction terms

Unitymedia added to O2 fibre partners [p.46]

Spain: Telefónica steers market towards connected cars [p.48]

  • Car insurance next on the agenda

UK: Nokia highlights role in O2 SOC transformation [p.51]

  • Madrid calling the shots

Dunne deals cited in Phones 4u collusion claims [p.53]

FURTHER READING

INDEX

Symbols

21st Century Fox

 - Sky plc 58

A

Abertis Infraestructuras

 - Cellnex Telecom 15

Acacia Communications 23

Accenture 17, 18, 55

AI 23, 55

Alastria 30, 56

Alcatel-Lucent 18

Alphabet

Google 22

Altice

 - Numericable-SFR 36

Amazon 7, 22, 38, 56

 - Prime Video 38, 56

América Móvil 40

Apple 40

ARRIS 20, 36

AT&T 26, 30, 40

B

Bain Capital 6

 - Atento 6

Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento

 - Econômico e Social (BNDES) 38, 56

Bango 38

BGL Group 49

Bosch 23

BT Group 14

Bundesnetzagentur für Elektrizität, Gas, Telekommunikation, Post und Eisenbahnen (Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Postal Service and Railways, BNA/BNetzA/RegTP, Germany) 43, 44, 45, 57

C

CaixaBank 31

CalAmp 16, 55

Capita 7

Carrier Blockchain Study Group 29

CCOO 9

Cellnex 15

Cisco Systems, Inc 22

CK Hutchison

 - H3G

  --  UK 7, 14

CNMC 50, 57

Colt Group 29

Customer Monitor 7

D

Deutsche Telekom 30, 44, 47, 53

 - T-Mobile 7

 - UK 7

Digitex 6, 55

E

Endesa 33

Entel 56

Equinix 23

Ericsson 12, 14, 15, 28, 52

European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) 25, 26, 28, 56

European Union 15, 50

F

Facebook 23, 31

 - WhatsApp 31

Federal Network Agency 44

Freenet 44

Furukawa 37, 38, 56

G

Gartner Group 30

GasLINE 46

GSM Association (GSMA) 44, 57

 - Mobile World Congress 29

H

High Court 49, 53

Huawei 12, 13, 14, 28, 40, 55

I

IBM 29

IFT (Mexico) 8

Intel 28

InterDigital 15

IoMob 31, 56

J

Juniper Networks 12

K

KPMG 41

Kudelski Group 32

 - NAGRA 32, 56

L

Liberty Global 40

Limmat Group 31, 56

Linux Foundation 26

M

Mavenir 25

Metro Ethernet Forum 26

Microsoft 22, 23

Millicom 40

Millicom International Cellular 40

MoMe 33

Motorola 40

N

NEC 15

Netflix 32, 35, 38, 49, 50, 57

Net Insights 33, 56

NGN Fiber Network 46

nixi1 31, 56

Nokia 12, 13, 14, 15, 40, 51, 52, 55

O

Ofcom (UK) 54, 57

Orange 14, 15, 30, 48, 49, 53, 55

Spain 14, 48, 49

P

PCCW 29

Phones4u 53

PricewaterhouseCoopers 53

Q

Qualcomm 23, 55

Quantenna 19, 20, 36, 55

Quantenna Communications 36, 55

R

Regions

 - APAC

  --  China 14

 - EMEA

--  Belgium 36

  --  Europe 12, 15, 16, 19, 23, 25, 28, 32, 36, 38, 42, 46, 47, 49, 50, 55, 56, 57

  --  France 20, 36

  --  Germany 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 43, 44, 45, 47, 50, 52, 57

  --  Israel 23

  --  Italy 12, 36

  --  Luxembourg 40

  --  Netherlands 47

  --  Spain 6, 8, 9, 11, 14, 15, 17, 22, 23, 30, 31, 32, 33, 48, 49, 50, 55, 56, 57

  --  Switzerland 47

  --  UK 7, 13, 14, 17, 23, 38, 49, 51, 52,53, 54, 57

 - Latin America 8, 12, 16, 18, 19, 23, 32, 34, 36, 37, 38, 40, 49, 55, 56

  --  Argentina 20, 35, 38, 52, 56

  --  Brazil 17, 36, 37, 38, 56

  --  Central America 8

  --  Chile 17, 40, 52, 56

  --  Colombia 38

  --  Costa Rica 36, 41, 56

  --  Mexico 8, 16, 17, 22, 38, 40, 55

  --  Venezuela 41, 56

 - North America

  --  USA 22, 23, 38

Renfe 31

Rivetz 29

S

Samsung 38, 40

 - Galaxy 38

SIAE Microelettronica 11, 12, 55

Southern Cross Group 8

Subtel (Chile) 40

Sunrise Communications 47

T

TDLC (Chile) 56

Technologies

 - 2G 16

 - 3G 16, 40, 55

 - 4G

  --  LTE 12, 40, 47, 48

 - 4K 32

 - 5G 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 25, 30, 38, 40, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 55, 57

 - AI 23, 55

 - Blockchain 28, 30, 31, 56

 - Broadband 13, 44

 - DWDM 23

 - eHealth 15

 - FTTH 56

 - GPS 16

 - GSM 44, 57

 -- high definition (HD) 49

 - Internet of Things 7, 15, 31, 48

 - IP 11, 32

 - IPTV 20, 32, 35, 36, 56

 - Linux 26

 - LTE-A Pro 13

 - M2M 30, 56

 - MIMO 19, 36, 55

 - MPLS 22

 - Network functions virtualisation (NFV) 15, 25, 26

 - NGN 46

 - SIM 29

 - SMS 49

 - Software defined networking (SDN) 12, 15, 25, 26

 - Telematics 16

 - TV 6, 36, 38, 49, 50, 56

 - WLAN 19, 36

  --  Wi-Fi 19, 48, 55

Telefónica Group 7, 8, 14, 15, 16, 19, 21, 22, 23, 25, 28, 32, 33, 39, 49, 55

 - Associates and investments

  --  Quantenna 36, 55

 - Canal+ 36

 - Digital services

  -- AURA 39, 56

  -- ElevenPaths 22, 29

  --  LUCA 22

  --  M2M 30, 56

  --  Open Future 22

  --  Quantenna Communications 36, 55

  --  Telefónica Ventures 20

  --  ThinX 15

  --  Wayra 7, 22, 31, 38, 56

 - Europe

  --  Acens Technologies 22

  --  E-Plus 47

  --  Germany 7, 12, 13, 43, 44, 46, 47, 55

  --  O2 7, 12, 13, 14, 43, 44, 46, 47, 49, 51, 52, 53, 55

  --  Spain 6, 11, 12, 22, 30, 31, 32, 48, 49, 50, 55

  --  Telefónica Deutschland 12, 13, 25, 29, 38, 43, 46, 47, 57

  --  UK 7, 14, 51, 52, 53, 57

 - Executives

  --  Ahmed, Imran 7

  --  Almazor, María Jesús 22, 49

  --  Álvarez-Pallete Lopez, José María 9

  --  Bhalla, Nimmi 7

  --  Blanco, Enrique 12

  --  Caro Bernat, Juan Manuel 52

  --  Cerdán, José 22

  --  Crespo, Maria Antonia 11

  --  Davidge, Julian 7

  --  Devereux, Stephen 7

  --  Duncan, Michael 38

  --  Elizondo, Antonio 26

  --  Gavilán, Javier 25

  --  Guthrie, George 7

  --  Heimann, Markus 7

  --  Joachim, Nils 7

  --  McCluskey, Mark 7

  -- Munoz, Vicente 30

  --  Nosper, Andreas 7

  --  Pou, Jorge 7

  --  Rodriguez Zarco, Jose Luis 41

 - Ex-executives

 - Dunne, Ronan 53

 - Global Resources

  --  5TONIC 15, 55

  --  BRUSA 23

  --  MAREA 23

  --  Telefónica Business Solutions 22

  --  Telefónica Empresas 21, 22, 55

  --  Telefónica Ingeniería de Seguridad 23, 55

  --  Telxius 6, 23, 55

  --  UNICA 24, 25, 55

 - Latin America 8

  --  Brazil 37, 38, 39

  --  Mexico 8, 16

  --  Pegaso PCS 8

  --  Venezuela 41

  --  Vivo 37, 38, 39, 56

 - Movistar+ 33, 49, 56

 - Products and services

  --  Fusión 49

  --  Movistar+ 33, 49, 56

  --  Movistar TV 50

  --  O2 Drive 49

  --  pay-TV 6, 20, 32, 33, 36, 38, 49, 50

  --  Telefónica Servicios Audiovisuales, 33

 - Tesco 7

  --  Tesco Mobile 7

 - Thomson 55

 - Tigo 40

U

United Internet

 - 1&1 44

Unitymedia 46, 57

V

Verizon Communications 30

Vodafone Group 7, 14, 28, 30, 36, 44, 46, 47, 49, 53, 55

 - Germany 44, 46, 47

 - Spain 14, 49

 - UK 7, 14, 53

Volkswagen Group

 - SEAT 30, 31, 48, 56

VTR 40

W

Wibson 29

Wind River 24, 25, 55

Wyplay 20, 35, 36, 56

Z

Zeleros 31, 56

ZTE 14

  • Wind River VIM supporting Telefónica’s multi-vendor open infrastructure vision.
  • Vendor finds a way in to the Telefónica ecosystem through UNICA.

Telefónica validated Wind River’s Titanium Cloud platform as a virtualised infrastructure manager (VIM) for UNICA, the Group’s network virtualisation programme. The validation appears to mark a significant step towards the vendor developing a relationship with Telefónica where until now it has not had a notable presence.

The two partners are said to have undertaken a multi-phase evaluation with “comprehensive functional testing” of Titanium Cloud, and validation of the platform’s integration with Open Source Management (OSM) orchestration. Telefónica is also testing the potential for hosting virtual radio access networks (vRAN) solutions on the Wind River platform.

The recognition of the Wind River VIM capability was framed as part of the Telefónica commitment to ensuring a multi-VIM environment, supporting diversity in the operator’s vendor ecosystem.

Wind River emphasised the support its platform provides for deploying cloud compute at the network edge for emerging applications, while also underlining the breadth of potential benefits.

“Wind River Titanium Cloud delivers a flexible and secure cloud-based infrastructure that can be efficiently deployed at any network location from the edge to the core. ” — Michael Krutz, Chief Product Officer at Wind River.

As 5G looms, UNICA is increasingly focused on edge cloud compute, which moves processing away from centralised systems to the ‘edge’ of the network, closer to the customer, where it can also be analysed and stored. This reduces latency and improves speed, and is suitable for vRAN, multi-access edge computing (MEC) and 5G applications, which ties with the Wind River platform’s capabilities.

“After careful and comprehensive evaluation, Wind River Titanium Cloud stood out for its unique differentiators, such as extreme low latency and high reliability, to effectively meet the technical challenges that accompany telco cloud compute. ” — Javier Gavilán, Core Network, Platforms & Transport Director, Telefónica Group.

Wind River also highlighted its collaboration with both hardware and software suppliers through the Titanium Cloud ecosystem to support multi-vendor environments. Telefónicawatch notes that Telefónica Deutschland’s 5G partner Mavenir trumpeted testing and validation through the Titanium Cloud Ecosystem Program (Telefónicawatch, #131).

Telefónica started UNICA in 2015 to implement the shift towards virtualisation for many of its hardware-based network functions and the adoption of associated technologies such as network function virtualisation (NFV), software-defined networking (SDN) and cloud technologies (Telefónicawatch, #132).

OSM was initiated and is hosted by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI). It was one of the first open source projects to be developed by ETSI and is aligned with its information models for NFV.

Telefónica sticking with OSM?

While Telefónica continues to emphasise the importance of OSM, ETSI’s efforts have been criticised by some in the telecoms industry for lack of progress regarding NFV orchestration and its narrowness of scope.

This has led a number of larger telcos to engage with an alternative platform, Open Networking Automation Platform (ONAP), an open source networking project hosted by the Linux Foundation. ONAP was created in February 2017 by merging OpenECOMP (whose origins lie with AT&T) and the Foundation’s Open-Orchestrator projects.

Telefónica has not (yet) joined their ranks, but nor is it hostile to ONAP. In February 2017, Gavilán, then Telefónica’s planning and technology director, was quoted saying, “ OSM cannot be compared with ONAP because the scope of ONAP is bigger and OSM is only a small part of the Telefónica transformation project We are transforming our full stack and this is something we are doing and it could be a part of ONAP.”

More recently, in September 2018, Antonio Elizondo, Head of Network Virtualisation Strategy at Telefónica, clarified the situation somewhat, when speaking as a panellist at the Light Reading NFV and Carrier SDN event in Denver. He said that OSM is working on a common information model because information models are a “nightmare” for service providers, adding, “OSM provides an information model to describe a [virtualised network function] and define network service actions so you can deploy network services or network slices and operate it. OSM has a clear path to become a complete end-to-end service orchestrator at the end of 2018.”

Telefónica is also indirectly involved in ONAP, as a member of MEF (formerly the Metro Ethernet Forum), which joined ONAP in late-2017.

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