A year after announcing a deal with vendor Wyplay, Telefónica has started to deploy set-top boxes (STB) with the Frog Source open source software to support its IPTV strategy in Latin America.

At the start of 2018, Wyplay declared that Telefónica had begun to deploy STBs featuring the vendor’s software. However, details of which markets will be the first to receive Frog Source-based STBs are thin on the ground, though the Wyplay news did accompany a period of activity from Telefónica in the Latin America pay-TV sector.

Notably, Telefónica|Vivo said in January 2018 that it had extended its IPTV service to 21 more cities as it expands its fibre-to-the-home network, and launched a promotional offering with IPTV packages discounted by up to 40% until end-January 2018 (see separate report).

Meanwhile, in Costa Rica, new STBs were made available to support Movistar TV, which support both direct-to-home and IPTV-based pay-TV technology (see separate report).

  • Pay-TV is one of the main pillars of Telefónica’s digital and convergence strategies, most notably in Spain, where it currently controls a majority of the market following the DTS acquisition, and in Brazil, where the merger of GVT positioned the operator as a significant challenger to América Móvil-owned Claro and AT&T’s DirecTV (Telefónicawatch, #91). In its financial results presentation for the January-September 2017 period, Telefónica said the number of pay-TV accesses remained virtually unchanged year-on-year at 8.4 million, despite a 9% decrease in the satellite TV base.
  • When Telefónica first joined forces with France-based Wyplay in December 2016 (Telefónicawatch, #113 and #115), it was hailed as a sign that the Group intended to embrace a modular open source approach to developing its video services, with a focus on IPTV platforms and over-the-top on-demand solutions.
  • Wyplay makes its mark in a busy ecosystem

The deal with Wyplay enables Telefónica to build its own open source middleware for some of its STBs using Frog Source software. This project is said to have no impact on previous STB technology deals with vendors such as ARRIS International and Quantenna Communications (Telefónicawatch, #110), although Telefónica’s ability to create its own products and drive down costs is regarded as a warning signal for middleware partners.

The extent to which the Wyplay launch will impact upon existing arrangements remains unclear, but it has signalled that the operator is taking greater control of service development. At the same time, it is worth noting that ARRIS has carried out open source STB development, and Ericsson integrated its MediaFirst platform with the shared source Reference Design Kit platform. In addition, Wyplay and Telefónica said the Frog Source solution is “part of the ecosystems of middleware components providers” for Telefónica IPTV STBs.

“ With a small team of highly productive engineers, an operator can deploy a solution in less than one year. This first successful Telefónica project deployment confirms our Frog Source strategy. ” — Jacques Bourgninaud, Chief Executive, Wyplay.

  • Previously, Ericsson has been identified as playing a key part in the delivery of Telefónica’s TV platform (Telefónicawatch, #71, #75, and #83), while internet technology vendor Nagra also has a role in the delivery of middleware, with a focus on Latin America markets (Telefónicawatch, #83). Nagra subsequently flagged its involvement in a new ‘infotainment’ service called PlayRenfe on Spain’s Alta Velocidad Española high-speed trains; Telefónica España provides the connectivity for the PlayRenfe Wi-Fi platform (Telefónicawatch, #115).
  • Wyplay said the Frog by Wyplay initiative has developed into an ecosystem of more than 179 companies in the digital TV market, including chipset vendors, device manufacturers, independent software vendors, software development, and integration service providers and operators. Frog by Wyplay is a range of four products including Frog Source, Frog Turnkey, Frog Custom, and Frog Premium (Telefónicawatch, #113).

Image: Wyplay.

Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE BRIEF

GROUP

Management update

Gilpérez out as Álvarez-Pallete issues rallying cry [p6]

  • End of Gilpérez rein in Spain
  • Regional divisions return to Latin America
  • Corporate changes, and additional reshuffling
  • Álvarez-Pallete’s dream of tomorrow
  • Table 1: People movement highlights

Global Resources

Progress on 5G standards opens way to 2019 deployments

5G

Ericsson vs Nokia in Telefónica’s 5G city face-off [p11]

  • A local network for local people
  • Two traditional mobile partners given a shot…
  • …but still playing catch-up?

5TONIC undertakes new research projects [p13]

  • R&S unveiled as latest ‘collaborator’…
  • 5TONIC trumpets 5G trials for industrial robots…
  • 5TONIC follows through with wide remit

Partners

Telefónica takes Tutela agreement global [p15]

  • Tutela benchmarking doesn’t pull punches on Telefónica performance

Suppliers

Huawei and Telefónica trumpet SDN transport trials [p16]

  • New platform planned for WDM management
  • Another fine mesh

Supplier profile: Allot

Securing Telefónica’s trust [p18]

  • Allot a comfortable fit with Telefónica’s virtualised platform approach
  • BIOGRAPHY: EREZ ANTEBI
  • Global strategy, local solutions
  • Ereze Antebi: Allot and sector transformation [p20]
  • Allot’s USP
  • Making friends and influencing operators
  • Allot enthusiastic for new model opportunities
  • Breaking out of the capex vault
  • Operators providing principal customer focus
  • Today Spain, tomorrow the world…?
  • Virtualised reality
  • New IoT and video use-cases
  • … but no place like home
  • Operators’ integral role in securing a digital world

LATIN AMERICA

Regional

Telefónica deploys open source STB software from Wyplay [p26]

  • Wyplay makes its mark in a busy ecosystem
  • Vivo launches bundles to boost digital services in Brazil

Argentina

Regulator approves quad-play services for Movistar [p29]

Brazil

Vivo expands IPTV to 21 more cities [p30]

  • Vivo DTH exodus gathers momentum

Colombia

Ezentis wins new contract from Coltel [p32]

EUROPE

Germany

Telefónica gets on-trend with blockchain financing [p34]

  • Financial analysts snooty, but Telefónica remains committed

O2 Germany trumpets tie-up with online video store [p35]

O2 video still lags

Spain

Telefónica España wins F1 rights for three more years [p36]

UK

TalkTalk offers O2 deals to mobile subscribers [p37]

O2 Smart Home closes its doors [p38]

  • Failing fast, moving on
  • AT&T alliance goes out with a whimper
  • Other smart home projects continue

O2 signs mobile identity deal with Danal [p39]

FURTHER READING

INDEX

Index

Symbols

3GPP 11, 14
21st Century Fox
– Sky plc 35

A

Accenture 8
ADVA Optical Networking 17
Alastria 34
Alcatel-Lucent 35
Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise 35
Alphabet
– Google
– – Android 15
– – YouTube 29
América Móvil 27, 32
– Claro 15, 27, 29, 32
Apple
– iOS 15
Aquto 29
ARRIS 26
Artesyn Embedded Technologies 13
ASTI 13
AT&T 7, 27, 38, 39
– DirecTV 27

B

Bernstein 34
Bouygues Telecom 39
BT Group 8

C

CaixaBank 35
C&G IT Solutions 35
– Myfixpert 35
CIENA 17
Cisco Systems, Inc 8
CK Hutchison
– H3G
– – UK 37
Cohere Technologies 13, 14
CommScope 13
Coriant 17

D

Danal 39
DZ Bank 34

E

ENACOM 29
Ericsson 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 26, 27
European Union 15
Ezentis 32

F

Facebook 29

G

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd 19
Google
– YouTube 22
GSM Association (GSMA) 39
– Mobile World Congress 39

H

Huawei 12, 14, 16, 17, 30, 39

I

ICE (Costa Rica) 32
IFEMA 13
IFT (Mexico) 32
Infinera 17
Intel 13
InterDigital 13

J

Juniper Networks 14, 17

K

Kudelski Group
– Nagra 27

L

LinkedIn 8

M

MaxLinear 14
McAfee 22
MVNOs 37

N

NEC 17
– Netcracker 17
Netflix 22, 29
Nokia 11, 12, 14, 16

O

Orange 8, 39

P

ProBrand International 14

Q

Quantenna 26
Quantenna Communications 26

R

Regions
– EMEA
– – Europe 6, 7, 11, 12, 15, 20, 33, 38, 39
– – France 26, 39
– – Germany 8, 34, 35
– – Ireland 8, 39
– – Israel 18, 19
– – Italy 14
– – Spain 6, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 27, 32, 34, 35, 36, 39
– – UK 8, 15, 37, 38, 39
– Latin America 6, 7, 15, 20, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31, 32, 39
– – Argentina 7, 27, 29
– – Brazil 7, 14, 15, 21, 27, 29, 30
– – Central America 7
– – Chile 7, 27, 30
– – Colombia 7, 14, 15, 30, 32
– – Costa Rica 26, 31, 32
– – Ecuador 7
– – Guatemala 31
– – Mexico 15, 32
– – Nicaragua 31
– – Peru 7, 32
– – Uruguay 7
– – Venezuela 7
– North America
– – Canada 15
– – USA 19, 39
Rivetz 34
Rohde & Schwarz 13

S

Samsung 38
Securitas Direct 39
SIAE Microelettronica 14
Spotify 29
Subtel (Chile) 30
Sutel (Costa Rica) 31, 32

T

TalkTalk plc 37
Technologies
– 3G 37
– 4G
– – LTE 11, 12, 13, 27, 32, 35, 37
– – LTE-A 32, 35
– 5G 11, 12, 13, 14, 30
– Broadband 30, 36
– Cloud computing 30
– DTH 30, 31
– GSM 39
– high definition (HD) 31
– Internet of Things 20, 30
– IP 16, 35
– IPTV 26, 30, 31
– LPWA 30
– LTE-A Pro 32
– MIMO 12
– NB-IoT 30
– Network functions virtualisation (NFV) 22
– R&D 12, 19
– Smart City 12
– Smart metering 38
– Software defined networking (SDN) 16, 17
– Telematics 38
– TV 26, 27, 29, 31, 38
– WLAN
– – Wi-Fi 27, 37
Telecom Italia
– TIM Brasil 15
Telefónica Group 6, 8, 11, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 21, 30, 32, 34, 35, 39
– Associates and investments
– – Quantenna 26
– – Sigfox 22, 39
– Digital services
– – AURA 38
– – ElevenPaths 22
– – Open Future 34
– – OTT 31
– – Quantenna Communications 26
– – Telefónica I+D 30
– – Wayra 8, 30, 35
– Europe 39
– – Germany 8, 34, 35
– – O2 8, 15, 34, 35, 37, 38, 39
– – Spain 6, 8, 11, 12, 16, 27, 35, 36
– – Telefónica Deutschland 17, 34, 35
– – UK 8, 37, 38, 39
Executives
– – Alierta, César 6
– – Alonso, Chema 19
– – Álvarez-Pallete Lopez, José María 6, 7
– – Bacic, Katrin 8
– – Blanco, Fabián 8
– – Caride, Eduardo 7
– – De Carvajal, Pablo 7
– – Garcia, Juan Carlos 15
– – Gayo, Emilio 6
– – Gebara, Christian 31
– – Gilpérez López, Luis Miguel 6, 11
– – Gómez, Alfonso 7
– – Gomez, Sergio 8
– – Gonzalez de Santiago 8
– – Hernández, Fabián 7
– – Horcajo, Alberto 7
– – Keates, Rob 8
– – Lopez Blanco, Carlos 7
– – Machicot, Marta 7
– – Martin, Mario 7
– – Mata, Joaquin 11
– – Navarro, Eduardo 7
– – Quinn, Bernardo 7
– – Sainz, Natalia 7
– – Sánchez de Lérin, Ramiro 7
– – Vilá, Ángel 7, 31
– Ex-executives
– – Rosen, Daniel 8
– Global Resources
– – 5TONIC 12, 13, 14
– – Telefónica Business Solutions 8, 34
– – Telefónica Ingeniería de Seguridad 8
– – Telxius 7
– Latin America
– – Argentina 27, 29
– – Brazil 26, 29, 30, 31
– – Chile 30
– – Mexico 15, 29
– – Vivo 15, 29, 30, 31
– Movistar+ 36
– Products and services
– – Fusión 6, 36
– – Movistar+ 36
– – Movistar Play 31
– – Movistar TV 26, 31
– – Movistar VeriSure Hogar 39
– – O2 Drive 38
– – O2 Home 38
– – O2 o 37, 38
– – O2 Priority 37
– – pay-TV 26, 27, 29, 31, 36
Tutela Technologies 15
Twitter 29

V

Verizon Communications 39
– Verizon Wireless 39
Videobuster.de 35
Vodafone Group 15, 35, 36, 37
– Germany 35
– Spain 36
– UK 37
Volkswagen Group
– SEAT 12

W

Wyplay 26, 27, 30, 31

Z

ZTE 12, 17

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Report: #123
Published: January 2018
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