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EXECUTIVE BRIEF

GROUP

Acquisitions and disposals: EC launches probe into E-Plus merger [p.6]

  • What, no merger?

People [p.11]

  • Table: People movement highlights

GLOBAL RESOURCES

5G: Telefónica wins EUR10m funding for 5G pilot in Galicia [p.13]

  • Telefónica focus still on services beyond connectivity
  • Deploying fibre now looks like the easy part

García on small steps, and big leaps, for virtualisation [p.17]

  • End-to-end end game with iFusión
  • Telefónica orchestrating industry harmony
  • Small vendor opportunities

Network Innovation: Blanco on industrialised fibre as networks become more complex [p.14]

  • A fibre machine
  • UNICA optimising its potential, with opportunities for all

Partners: Lopez on the edge as Telefónica aims to tame complexity [p.23]

  • Networks to adapt to customer needs, not vice-versa
  • Complexity comes hand in hand with granularity
  • No 'killer' use case for edge
  • Open APIs make multi-local global

Facebook and Telefónica link for wholesale open access [p.26]

  • Magma in the core

Partners: Telefónica extends crowdsourced data deal with Tutela [p.28]

  • The only way is ethics

Telefónica Empresas: Telefónica Empresas cosies up to IBM [p.30]

More industrial solutions with Geprom [p.33]

  • Industrial and private LTE key elements of Telefónica enterprise drive

Telxius: Telxius pools capacity with Telia Carrier [p.35]

DIGITAL SERVICES

Big Data: JD.com: second Chinese partner to join Smart Steps JV [p.38]

Security: ElevenPaths goes to Brazil [p.41]

  • Panda picks up more security work with Telefónica

Video: Telefónica to create original TV content in LatAm [p.44]

LATIN AMERICA

Brazil: Vivo partners McAfee on mobile security app [p.46]

Kite takes off in Brazil [p.47]

  • IoT players bubble up in Brazil

MediaKind to integrate Netflix into Vivo's IPTV platform [p.48]

Chile: McAfee secures Telefónica fibre [p.52]

EUROPE

Germany: O2 Germany starts LTE tests in 700MHz band [p.57]

Pressure mounts over white spots in Germany [p.59]

  • Previous collaborative efforts set to miss targets

Spain: Movistar Money reaches wider audience [p.61]

UK: O2 UK extends Netcracker BSS/OSS deal [p.63]

CEO roles highlighted in Phones 4u collusion claims [p.65]

FURTHER READING

INDEX

Symbols

21st Century Fox

Sky plc 66

A

ADVA Optical Networking 20

AI 11, 21, 24, 25, 30, 31, 68

Alibaba 39

Allianz SE 70

Allot 46

Alphabet

 - Google 25, 32

 - Android 32, 50, 53

Altán Redes 55

Amazon 25, 42

Amdocs 50, 69

América Móvil 51, 55, 69

Ankr 22

Apple 47

 - iOS 50, 53

Arsenal FC 11

ASTI 34

AT&T 54, 55, 69

B

Baidu 39

BBVA 48, 62, 69, 70

Bezeq

 - Pelephone 39

BNetzA 58

C

CaixaBank 61

Cellnex 9, 67

Cellwize 21

CIENA 20

Cisco Systems, Inc 34

CNMC 62

Coriant 20

D

Deutsche Telekom 25, 34

Drillisch 7, 60

E

Entel 53

E.ON 11

Ericsson 13, 15, 20, 22, 34, 47, 48, 49, 66, 69

European Space Agency 15

European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) 22

European Union 6, 13, 58, 64

 - European Commission 6, 67

European Regional Development Fund 13

F

Facebook 26, 27, 36, 68

 - Telecom Infra Project 20, 26, 27

Federal Network Agency 58

Ficosa 34

G

Geprom Connecting Industries 33, 68

GSM Association (GSMA) 19

 - Mobile World Congress 17, 23, 27, 34, 40, 68

GTD 53

H

HBO 50

Huawei 13, 20, 47

I

IBM 30, 31, 68

IFT (Mexico) 54, 55, 69

Infinera 20

Inmobiliaria e Inversiones el Coigue

 - GTD 53

J

JD.com 38, 39

L

Liberty Global

 - Virgin Media 11

M

MásMóvil 13

Mavenir 22

McAfee 46, 52, 69

MediaKind 48, 49, 69

Microsoft 23, 25, 36

 - Mediaroom 48, 49, 69

MVNOs 8, 66

N

NEC 63, 64

 - Netcracker 63, 64, 70

Netflix 44, 48, 49, 53, 54, 69

Netsia 34

NII Holdings, Inc 51, 69

Nokia 13, 20, 21

NTT 20

O

O2 Arena 64

Ofcom (UK) 66, 70

Open Networking Foundation 18, 23

O-RAN Alliance 27, 68

Orange 13

P

Panda Security 43, 68

PeerStream 42, 68

Phones4u 65, 70

P.I. Works 19, 21

PricewaterhouseCoopers 65

Q

Quortus 34

R

Raízen 47

Regions

 - APAC

  --  China 38, 39

  --  Hong Kong 39

 - EMEA

  --  Denmark 58

  --  Europe 6, 11, 13, 14, 15, 22, 34, 35, 36, 49, 51, 56, 58, 64, 67, 68, 70

  --  France 9, 11

  --  Germany 6, 7, 8, 11, 20, 44, 57, 58, 59, 60, 64, 70

  --  Ireland 70

  --  Israel 39

  --  Italy 9

  --  Netherlands 9, 14

  --  Poland 58

  --  Slovenia 11

  --  Spain 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 36, 41, 43, 44, 46, 48, 49, 61, 62, 68, 70

  --  Switzerland 9

  --  UK 9, 11, 39, 43, 59, 63, 64, 65, 66, 70

  -  Latin America 15, 26, 27, 34, 35, 42, 44, 45, 46, 48, 49, 50, 51, 53, 54, 68, 69

  --  Argentina 15, 48, 49, 50, 69

  --  Brazil 11, 15, 20, 22, 36, 39, 41, 42, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 64, 68, 69

  --  Chile 15, 22, 34, 49, 52, 53, 69

  --  Colombia 15, 34, 44, 48, 49, 53, 69

  --  El Salvador 51

  --  Guatemala 51

  --  Mexico 28, 48, 51, 54, 55, 69

  --  Peru 11, 26, 27, 34, 44, 48, 55, 68, 69

  --  Uruguay 40

 - North America

  --  Canada 29

  --  USA 35, 36

Rivetz 42, 68

Royal KPN 8

RTVE 62, 70

S

Samsung 31, 32, 50, 68, 69

 - Galaxy 50, 69

Sapient 33

Standard and PoorSs 10, 67

Subtel (Chile) 53, 69

T

TalkTalk plc 9

Technologies

 - 2G 54, 58, 69

 - 2.5G 55

 - 3G 54, 58

 - 4G

  --  LTE 6, 7, 8, 27, 33, 34, 47, 57, 58, 59, 69, 70

 - 5G 7, 9, 13, 15, 16, 17, 21, 27, 33, 34, 55, 57, 58, 60, 62, 64, 68, 70

 - Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) 55

 - AI 11, 21, 24, 25, 30, 31, 68

 - Blockchain 40, 68

 - BSS/OSS 63, 64, 70

 - Cloud computing 22

 - DVB-T 57

 - eSIM 50, 69

 - Ethernet 33

 - FTTH 14, 16, 44, 68

 - ICT 64

 - IMS 21

 - Internet of Things 11, 33, 39, 47, 62

 - IP 21, 22

 - IPTV 48, 49

 - LPWA 33

 - M2M 11, 47

 - NB-IoT 47, 69

 - NGN 16

 - OpenRAN 21

 - R&D 42

 - SIM 42

 - SDN 18, 64, 68

 - TV 44, 48, 49, 50, 69

 - WLAN

 - Wi-Fi 16, 27, 33, 52

Telecom Italia

 - TIM Brasil 47, 51

Telefónica Group 6, 10, 14, 17, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 32, 35, 38, 39, 40, 42, 43, 44, 48, 49, 50, 51, 62, 65

 - Associates and investments

  --  China Unicom 38, 39

 - Digital 38

 - Digital services

  --  AURA 29, 31, 62

  --  ElevenPaths 41, 42, 43, 46, 68

  --  Innovación Alpha 42, 68

  --  LUCA 11, 39

  --  M2M 11, 47

  --  OTT 48, 49, 50, 53, 54, 69

  --  Smart Steps 38, 39

  --  Telefónica Digital España 38

  --  Wayra 42, 64

 - Europe

  --  E-Plus 6, 7, 8, 58, 67

  --  Germany 6, 7, 57, 58, 59, 60, 70

  --  giffgaff 66

  --  O2 6, 7, 9, 11, 54, 57, 58, 59, 60, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 70

  --  Spain 13, 31, 32, 46, 48, 61, 62, 70

  --  Telefónica Consumer Finance 61

  --  Telefónica Deutschland 6, 7, 8, 11, 22, 46, 57, 58, 59, 64, 70

  --  UK 9, 11, 43, 54, 63, 64, 65, 66, 70

 - Executives

  --  Alierta, César 65

  --  Almazor, María Jesús 31

  --  Alonso, Chema 40

  --  Blanco, Enrique 14, 17, 44

  --  Caro Bernat, Juan Manuel 29

  --  Elizondo, Antonio 19

  --  Fernández-Palacios, Juan Pedro 19

  --  Figueroa, Paula 44

  --  García, Juan Carlos 17

  --  Haas, Markus 58, 70

  --  Lopez, Patrick 23

  --  Martín-Villa, Gonzalo 40

  --  Meggs, Gavin 11

  --  Navarette, Carolina 53

  --  Padilla Fuentes, Andrés 34

  --  Salgado, Alex 41

 - Ex-executives

  --  Dunne, Ronan 65

 - Global Resources

  --  5TONIC 15, 64, 68

  --  BRUSA 36

  --  CTIL 9

  --  MAREA 35, 36

  --  Telefónica Business Solutions 11, 64

  --  Telefónica Empresas 11, 30, 31, 32, 33, 68

  --  Telefónica Global Technology 19

  --  Telxius 35, 36, 68

  --  UNICA 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 34, 68

 - Latin America 64, 69

  --  Argentina 50

  --  Brazil 11, 41, 42, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 68, 69

  --  Chile 52, 53, 69

  --  Colombia 53, 69

  --  Mexico 54, 55

  --  Peru 55

  --  Vivo 11, 41, 42, 46, 47, 48, 50, 51, 68, 69

 - Movistar+ 68

 - Products and services

  --  Movistar+ 68

  --  Movistar Play 49, 50, 53, 54, 69

  --  pay-TV 44, 48, 49, 62

 - Telefónica Emisiones 67

Telenor 17

TeliaSonera 35, 36, 68

Tencent Holdings 39

Tesco 66

 - Tesco Mobile 66

Thomson 67

Tutela Technologies 28

Twitter 62

U

United Internet

 - 1&1 7, 60

UTEK 15, 68

V

Virgin Group 11

Vodafone Group 7, 9, 11, 13, 25, 57, 59, 62, 65, 68, 70

 - Germany 7, 57, 59

 - Spain 13, 62

 - UK 9, 11, 65

Volkswagen Group

 - SEAT 34

VTR 53

W

Wibson 29, 40, 68

Z

ZTE 20

  • Netcracker solutions are expected to provide O2 UK with greater flexibility and responsiveness when introducing new service propositions.

NEC Corporation’s Netcracker Technology arm highlighted an agreement with Telefónica UK (O2 UK) that will see the vendor’s end-to-end business and operations support systems (BSS/OSS) platform integrated into O2’s customer-facing and back-office systems.

Extending the existing relationship with the NEC subsidiary, O2 UK will use Customer Management and Revenue Management solutions in its customer-facing environment, while Netcracker’s Operations Management services will be incorporated into its IT and network operations.

Alongside the BSS/OSS suite, the vendor will provide a set of Agile– and DevOps-based services that will support development, configuration, and delivery of new systems. Netcracker added that it will use its Digital Blueprint methodology to optimise delivery of these solutions, which entails bringing together a library of best practice processes and measures with a ‘sandbox’ software platform, enabling the creation of customised applications for the operator.

Telefónica has an existing relationship with Netcracker in the UK after the two signed an agreement in early-2016 to extend O2 UK’s use of Netcracker’s Hosted Managed Service and Revenue Management solutions for carrier billing, which was subsequently expanded in September 2016 (Telefónicawatch, #103 and #110).

Netcracker also has relationships with Telefónica in Latin America, particularly Brazil (Telefónicawatch, #78, #96, #106, #121, and #127), and has been a strategic partner to O2 in Germany for more than twelve years, with Telefónica Deutschland most recently, in September 2018, choosing the NEC subsidiary’s BSS platform to help support its digital transformation programme (Telefónicawatch, #129).

In addition, Netcracker signed a “multi-year, multi-million dollar” deal with the Group’s global ICT-orientated arm Telefónica Business Solutions in March 2017 (Telefónicawatch, #115).

The Group has worked with Netcracker on various aspects of software-defined networking (SDN) since at least 2017, when Telefónica’s labs were used to examine the potential of Transport SDN (Telefónicawatch, #123). The companies are also part of the European Union’s 5G-TRANSFORMER project, alongside 16 other organisations. Telefónica is hosting one of the four designated testbeds for the project at the 5TONIC co-creation laboratory in Madrid (Telefónicawatch, #132-#133).

Image: Netcracker

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