China Unicom is joining Telefónica’s raft of IoT platform partners as the Spanish telco looks to expand the capabilities and reach of its Global SIM platform.

  • Telefónica and Unicom go way back on IoT and global SIM research.
  • Throwback partnership appears outside the bounds of the Telefónica-backed (and recently quiet) IoT World Alliance.

Telefónica is partnering with China Unicom on the provision of Internet of Things (IoT) services to the operators’ respective enterprise customers globally, opening up the Chinese enterprise IoT market to Telefónica, and European and Latin America markets to China Unicom.

The network-sharing partnership, which adds a further layer to the existing collaborative efforts between the two groups (Telefónicawatch, #95, 98, #103, and passim), is due to take effect from end-2018.

Little detail on the workings of the alliance has been provided as yet, other than to state that enterprise customers will be offered a unified IoT connectivity management platform, which will enable them to control connections globally and localise IoT SIMs within a particular geography. This will be enabled by the use of a single global IoT SIM card including a machine-to-machine (M2M) feature called Subscription Swap — a function that involves the download of a second user profile and enables a subscription with one operator to be deactivated while a subscription with a second operator is activated.

Unicom a good fit with IoT Alliance partners

Telefónica already has a raft of network-sharing agreements based on the delivery of global M2M connectivity through a single SIM via its membership of the IoT World Alliance (Telefónicawatch, #109 and passim). Other operators in the Alliance are: KPN, NTT DOCOMO, Rogers, Singtel, Telenor, Telstra, and Veon. However, there is a notable gap in the collective’s coverage in China.

Whether or not China Unicom is set to join the group, its own M2M platform appears a good fit with the foundations upon which Telefónica’s is built: the Chinese platform is underpinned by technology from Cisco System’s Jasper subsidiary and solutions from Huawei Technologies, which also feature in Telefónica’s M2M technology offering. The shared reliance on the Cisco Jasper Control Center is also at the core of the IoT Alliance, alongside the adoption of the Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) AirOn platform. Telefónica and China Unicom have collaborated on the development of M2M solutions based on G&D technology since 2012 (Telefónicawatch, #63).

  • China Unicom’s domestic rivals are also exploiting international tie-ups to globalise their IoT propositions: China Mobile via Vodafone, and China Telecom through the Bridge Alliance (of which China Unicom is also a member).

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Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE BRIEF

GROUP

Operations

Telefónica gets house in order through streamlining [p6]

  • Management changes put new hands on purse-strings
  • Table 1: People movement highlights

GLOBAL RESOURCES

5G

Parallel and TIP support Telefónica open RAN trials [p9]

  • Facebook has a friend in Telefónica
  • Multi-pronged approach as Telefónica tests virtualisation’s open potential

Telefónica gives another nod to Cohere’s OTFS tech [p11]

  • Testing, testing, testing

Alliances

Unicom and Telefónica revive partnership for IoT [p12]

  • Unicom a good fit with IoT Alliance partners

Suppliers

Telefónica signs ten-year ESaaS deal with Vertiv [p14]

  • Casa reminds market of Telefónica deal

Telefónica Business Solutions

Huawei backs Telefónica big data for enterprise [p15]

  • Bosch Security using Telefónica M2M Global SIM solution

Azure added to Telefónica’s cloud portfolio [p16]

  • Azure a key platform for Telefónica

Telxius

Telxius to speed expansion of Sigfox network in Germany [p17]

  • Telxius agreement a chance for Sigfox to prove its value in Europe
  • Telefónica leading TIP energy group

Virtualisation

Telefónica backs ‘gold standard’ ONF plan [p18]

  • Get production-ready
  • OSM moves

DIGITAL SERVICES

Big data

Telefónica focused on social benefits of big data [p21]

Open Future

Telefónica invests in personal data management blockchain startup [p22]

Wayra

Wayra and VW on the road again [p23]

  • More emerging ideas to receive a jumpstart

LATIN AMERICA

Argentina

Telefónica preps Argentina IPO to fund quad-play [p26]

  • More skirmishes erupt on Telefónica’s fine swap agreement

Brazil

Vivo puts pedal to metal in fibre drive [p27]

  • Fibre life a bowl of cherries
  • Spanish lessons
  • Brazil remains a big spender
  • Digital dividend to accompany fibre expansion
  • Digitalisation already underway
  • Telefónica exudes confidence in itself, and in the country

EUROPE

Germany

O2 Germany strengthens 5G alliance with Huawei [p32]

  • Faster links and 5G kit
  • TechCity influence goes global

O2 Germany supporting 5G testing for FeMBMS

  • More vendors in the mix with additional city projects

O2 Germany picks Gemalto for prepaid ID [p34]

Could Telefónica be mulling a German exit? [p35]

  • Factors to consider
  • O2 the big spender in UK auction
  • Table 2: UK 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz spectrum auction results, April 2017

UK

O2 extends contract with Jacada [p37]

  • Preparations underway for a 2019 700MHz auction

Telefónica UK confirms P.I. Works SON deployment [p38]

  • Years of work paying off for P.I. Works

O2 UK builds up 5G momentum [p39]

FURTHER READING

INDEX

Index

A

AI 23
Amazon 16, 21
América Móvil 26, 30
– Claro 26, 30
Anatel 28
Arsat 26
AT&T 10, 18, 19

B

Bharti Airtel 21
Bosch 16
– Bosch Security Systems 16
BT Group 10
Bundesnetzagentur für Elektrizität, Gas, Telekommunikation, Post und Eisenbahnen (Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Postal Service and Railways, BNA/BNetzA/RegTP, Germany) 36

C

Casa Systems 15
Cellwize 38
China Mobile 10, 15
Cisco Systems, Inc 12, 39
Climate Group 14
CNMC 36
Cohere Technologies 11
Comcast 19

D

Deutsche Post 34
Deutsche Telekom 10, 19, 29, 35
– T-Systems 29
Drillisch 36
– Yourfone 36

E

Emerson 14
ENACOM 26
Ericsson 33, 39
European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) 19

F

Facebook 9, 10, 18, 21
– OpenCellular 10
– – Telecom Infra Project 10
Federal Network Agency 36

G

Gemalto 34
Giesecke & Devrient 12
Grupo Clarín
– Cablevisión 26
GSM Association (GSMA) 21
– Mobile World Congress 11, 15, 21, 22, 32, 35

H

Huawei 11, 12, 15, 23, 29, 32, 33, 36

J

Jacada 37
Juniper Research 39

K

Kathrein 33
KDDI Group 21

L

Liberty Global 36
– Virgin Media 7

M

MegaFon 21
Microsoft 16
– Office 365 16

N

National Health Service (UK) 39
Nokia 11, 33, 36, 39
Nominet 39
NTT 10, 12, 19, 21

O

O2 Arena 33, 39
Ofcom (UK) 38, 39
Open Networking Foundation 18
Orange 10
OT-Morpho 34
Oxbotica 39
Oxfordshire County Council 39

P

Parallel Wireless 9
P.I. Works 38

R

Regions
– APAC
– China 10, 12, 15, 19
– EMEA
– Europe 7, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 31, 38
– Germany 7, 16, 17, 23, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36
– Spain 6, 12, 15, 16, 19, 21, 23, 27, 29, 32, 33, 35, 36, 39
– UK 6, 7, 37, 38, 39
– Latin America 7, 9, 12, 15, 17, 18, 21, 25, 29, 32, 38
– Argentina 15, 16, 26, 29
– Brazil 16, 21, 27, 28, 29, 30, 32
– Chile 15, 16, 21, 29
– Colombia 21, 32
– Costa Rica 30
– Ecuador 29
– Mexico 29, 32
– Peru 9, 10, 29
– North America
– USA 14, 29
Rohde & Schwarz 33
Royal KPN 12, 36

S

Sigfox 17
Softbank
– Sprint 15
SoftBank 21
Sprint Nextel 15
Sutel (Costa Rica) 30

T

Technologies
– 3G 9
– 3.5G 32
– 4G
– LTE 9, 10, 11, 15, 17, 26, 30, 32, 39
– LTE-A 30
– 5G 9, 11, 19, 32, 33, 36, 39
– – ADSL 36
– – Broadband 15, 19, 26, 28, 36, 39
– – eSIM 34
– – GSM 21
– – ICT 33
– – Internet of Things 12, 16, 21
– – IP 10
– – IPTV 30
– – LPWA 17
– – LTE-A Pro 30, 32
– – M2M 12, 16, 17, 34
– – MIMO 32
– – NB-IoT 17
– – Network functions virtualisation (NFV) 18
– – OpenStack 15, 29
– – SIM 12, 16, 21, 34
– – Smart City 7
– – Software defined networking (SDN) 18, 19
– – TV 26, 33
– – V2X 32
– – VPN 15
– – Web Services 16, 21
– – WLAN
– Wi-Fi 9
Telecom Argentina 26
Telefónica Group 6, 7, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 22, 29, 32, 34, 35, 38, 39
– Associates and investments
– China Unicom 12, 19
– Sigfox 17
– Digital services
– AURA 10, 21
– Dynamic Insights 7
– ElevenPaths 16, 21
– Global Video Unit 7
– M2M 12, 16, 17
– Open Future 22
– Smart Center 16
– Synergic Partners 16
– Telefónica I+D 9
– Wayra 23
– Europe
– Acens Technologies 6
– E-Plus 35, 36, 38
– Germany 17, 23, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36
– O2 7, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39
– Spain 7, 15, 36
– Telefónica Deutschland 7, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 38
– UK 7, 37, 38, 39
– Executives
– Abou-Alam, Tamer 7
– Bertram, Jo 7
– Carbajo, Cayetano 32
– Caro Bernat, Juan Manuel 14
– Dowd, Ben 7
– Evans, Mark 7, 39
– Goncharov, Boris 7
– Haas, Markus 35
– Ibarra Pichardo, Alejandro Alberto 7
– Kern, Christian 7
– Kickartz, Manfred 17
– Martín-Villa, Gonzalo 22
– McManus, Derek 39
– Montero Garcia, Ignacio 7
– Muñoz, Vicente 21
– Plumb, David 7
– Sweeney, David 7
– Turpin, Gareth 7
– Zaragoza, Gemma 7
– Global Resources
– 5TONIC 11, 33
– Telefónica Business Solutions 15, 16
– Telefónica International Wholesale Services 6
– Telxius 17, 26
– Telyco 6
– UNICA 19
– Latin America
– Brazil 27, 28, 29
– Vivo 27
– Products and services
– Living Cloud 16
– pay-TV 26
– SealSign 16
– Speedy (Latinoamérica) 26
Telenor 12, 21
Telstra 12
Transport for London 39
Transport Research Laboratory 39
Turkcell 21
Turk Telekom 19

U

United Internet 36
United Nations 21
– Food and Agriculture Organization 21

V

Vertiv 14
Virgin Group 7
Vodafone Group 7, 10, 35, 36
– Germany 35
Volkswagen Group 23

W

Warburg Pincus & Co. 36
Wibson 22

X

XL Catlin 39

Z

ZTE 11, 33

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Report: #125
Published: March 2018
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