Alvarez Pallete

  • Investors urged to keep backing the Group as it commits to finding new sources of revenue and growth beyond traditional telco means.

Speaking at the Telefónica Group Annual General Meeting, Executive Chairman José-María Álvarez-Pallete made a bold statement underlining his confidence in the transformation of the Group from its telco roots towards a digital focus, indicating that a milestone has been reached in the Group’s perception of its purpose.

While presenting the solid financial performance of the Group in 2017 to shareholders (Telefónicawatch, #125), Álvarez-Pallete looked back on the two years in which he has led the company and, perhaps just as significantly, on the five years since the underlying re-think on the digitalisation of Telefónica got underway during his tenure as Chief Operating Officer (Telefónicawatch, #69, #85).

Álvarez-Pallete claimed that the Group had been quick to recognise the importance of becoming a data-driven company, and by implementing the changes at the core of the business, with network infrastructure and IT systems converging, had transformed the business to the point where he prefers to refer to it as a technology company, rather than a telco.

“Telefónica is today, more than ever, a technological company. That reason alone explains how we have been growing organically in the main metrics for more than three years. This evolution illustrates something I would like to share with you: my assurance that Telefónica has found its way.” – Álvarez-Pallete.

Putting the progress of the company in the context of a rapidly changing world and pointing to the impact of a diverse range of advances, from bio-technology to more familiar developments in artificial intelligence, Álvarez-Pallete set out a case for Telefónica continuing on the transformation path, and being “a protagonist and not a spectator” in the digital transformation.

To support this continued change, the Executive Chairman emphasised the need for continued capital investment and called for faith in the vision he has for the company, based on the positive impact brought to Telefónica by the early start on digitalisation.

Designing the future

The continued evolution built on the foundations of a platform-based technology business was further expounded upon as Telefónicawatch went to press, in a series of presentations under the banner Designing the Future.

These saw Álvarez-Pallete and other senior figures within the Group reiterate previously announced strategy on forging ahead with cognitive intelligence services, leveraging infrastructure assets, big data capabilities, and a more agile and responsive entrepreneurial mindset. The content and significance of the stated strategy will be considered in the next Telefónicawatch.

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Contents

EXECUTIVE BRIEF

GROUP

Management up-date

Álvarez-Pallete hails his technology company [p.6]

  • Designing the future

People

GLOBAL RESOURCES

Partners

Suppliers

Interview: CCS’s Greaves on working with Telefónica [p.11]

  • Building a Telefónica relationship
  • Today Madrid, tomorrow the world?
  • Hardware making things possible for small vendors and big operators

CCS interview [p.11]

  • Trials of TIP for small vendors
  • CCS on the O2/CTIL London wireless network [p.15]
  • CCS background

Telefónica Business Solutions

Telefónica trumpets strategic alliance with AWS [p.16]

  • AWS takes its place beside Azure

Telxius teams with Equinix [p.17]

TIWS reaches another level of automation [p.18]

  • Automation of operations complete
  • Next step: all-IP voice

Virtualisation 

Telefónica builds on SD-WAN ambitions with Nokia and Nuage [p.20]

UNICA Lab waves in NETSCOUT, RADCOM VNFs [p.22]

  • NETSCOUT gets in early with virtualisation visibility
  • OSM key to Telefónica collaboration
  • Rival RADCOM also in on the act

More potential assurance partners circling [p.23]

Digital services

Blockchain

  • Telefónica and Rivetz re-up relationship  [p.25]
  • Telefónica joins up for inter-carrier blockchain testing

Open Future

Content

Telefónica adds Netflix to content offer

  • Spirit of co-opetition lives on
  • Part of a wider content strategy
  • Álvarez-Pallete and Hastings get pally on Twitter

Netflix already big in Spain [p.28]

Security

Telefónica claims quantum leap in encryption technology

Valencia named as cybersecurity HQ [p.30]

LATIN AMERICA

Argentina

Ericsson to upgrade Movistar RAN network in Argentina [p.33]

  • Ericsson progress presented as a win against Huawei

Brazil

  • Ericsson and Telefónica team on farm 4G IoT [p.35 ]
  • Netcracker maintains its hold within Vivo [p.36]

Colombia

Ecuador

Mexico

EUROPE

Germany

Álvarez-Pallete underlines commitment to Germany [38]

  • E-Plus integration taking longer than anticipated
  • Group offers muscle, but won’t influence decisions

Telefónica wary of Vodafone acquisition plans [p.39]

Spain

Ola, O2 [p.41]

  • Personalised service – at a respectful distance
  • Telefónica upfront on regulatory disparity
  • Serrahima makes a splash with O2 pick
  • British and German feathers ruffled?

Telefónica accelerates copper closures [p.43]

Telefónica brings Google into Living Cloud [p.44]

Movistar VeriSure Hogar closes down [p.45]

UK

Arqiva backs O2 small-cell rollout [p.46]

Beacon light begins to fade

O2 gets Netflix [p.47]

Further reading

INDEX

Index

Symbols

21st Century Fox

Sky plc 7, 28

A

Acision 8

ADVA Optical Networking 29

AI 33

Alcatel-Lucent 15

Alphabet

  — Google 33, 44

  — G Suite 44

Altran 23

Amazon 16, 22, 28, 44

  — Amazon Web Services 16, 22, 44

Arqiva 46

B

BT Group 14, 21, 25, 29

C

Cambridge Broadband 15

CCS 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 46

Cisco Systems, Inc 21

CNMC 28, 42

Cobham Wireless 23

Colt Group 25

Conectel 36

ContentWise 27

D

Dell Technologies

  — VMware 17, 21, 22

Deloitte 7, 8

Deutsche Telekom 7, 15, 38

E

Equinix 17

Ericsson 8, 12, 13, 23, 27, 33, 34, 35, 43

European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) 18, 22

F

Facebook 15, 17, 33

  — Telecom Infra Project 15

  — WhatsApp 35

G

Gartner Group 20

General Electric 7

Groupon 7

GSM Association (GSMA)

Mobile World Congress 23, 33

H

HBO 28

Huawei 8, 23, 29, 34, 45

I

Ingram Micro 11

J

Juniper Networks 21

L

Luxoft Holding 23

M

MásMóvil 41, 42

  — Yoigo (Xfera) 41

Microsoft 11, 16, 17, 21, 22, 33, 44

Azure 11, 16, 22, 44

N

NEC 21, 36

  — Netcracker 36

NET 22, 23

Netflix 26, 27, 28, 47

NETSCOUT 22, 23

Nokia 12, 20, 21, 43

Nuage Networks 20, 21

O

Orange 28, 43

Spain 28, 43

P

PCCW 25

R

RADCOM 22, 23

Raízen 35

Red Hat 21, 23

Regions

  — EMEA

    — Belgium 44

    — Europe 7, 21, 22, 26, 37, 42, 43, 44, 47

     — Finland 44

     — Germany 7, 38, 39, 42, 45

     — Israel 23

     — Netherlands 22, 44

    — Spain 7, 16, 17, 20, 26, 27, 28, 30, 33, 38, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 47

     — UK 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, 29, 33, 45, 46

  — Latin America 15, 23, 26, 27, 32, 34, 35, 38, 45, 47

     — Argentina 33, 34, 38

     — Brazil 7, 8, 17, 33, 35, 36, 38, 42

     — Chile 26, 35

     — Colombia 34

    — Ecuador 35, 36

    — Mexico 7, 36

    — Peru 36

  — North America

    — USA 17

Rivetz 25

Royal KPN 38

RTVE 27

S

Samsung 13

Securitas Direct 45

Siemens 7

Sigfox 45

Symantec 11

T

Technologies

  — 3G 13

  — 3.5G 43

  — 4G

  — LTE 12, 13, 35, 45, 46

  — 5G 11, 13, 14, 33, 38, 43, 46

  — ADSL 43

  — Blockchain 25

  — Broadband 15, 28, 33, 41, 45

  — Business/Operations Support Systems (BSS/OSS) 33, 36

  — Cloud computing 44

  — Ethernet 13, 18, 21

  — GSM 13

  — ICT 8

  — Internet of Things 16, 26, 30, 33

  — IP 13, 15, 18, 21

  — IPTV 27

  — Linux 21

  — LPWA 45

  — MIMO 14

  — MPLS 21

  — NB-IoT 45

  — Network functions virtualisation (NFV) 17, 22, 23, 29

  — NGN 13, 38

  — OpenStack 17, 21, 22

  — PaaS (Platform as a Service) 16

  — SIM 16, 25, 41, 47

  — SMS 35

  — Software defined networking (SDN) 18, 21, 29

  — TV 26, 27, 28

  — VDSL 13

  — WLAN

  — Wi-Fi 11, 12

Telefónica Group 6, 7, 8, 11, 17, 25, 26, 27, 38, 39, 45, 47

  — Associates and investments

    — Sigfox 45

    — Digital services

     — AURA 33, 45

    — ElevenPaths 8, 16, 25, 30

    — Open Future 7, 26, 35

    — OTT 26, 27

    — Tuenti 42

    — Wayra 7, 26, 35

  — Directors

    — Cirac, Ignacio 29

    — Löscher, Peter 7

  — Europe

    — E-Plus 38

    — Germany 7, 38, 39, 42

    — giffgaff 8

    — O2 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 33, 38, 39, 41, 42, 45, 46, 47

    — Spain 7, 20, 21, 42, 43, 44, 45

    — Telefónica Deutschland 7, 36, 39

    — UK 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 26, 42, 46, 47

  — Executives

    — Álvarez-Pallete Lopez, José María 6, 27, 28, 38, 39

    — Barahona, Claudio 26

    — Cantarelli, Stefano 8

    — Castillo Sanz, Eva 7

    — Devine, Amanda 7

    — Díaz Hernández, María 8

    — Dominguez, Jose Luis 8

    — Elizondo, Antonio 22

    — Franks, Robert 7

    — Garcia, Maria Luisa 7

    — Gomez, Santiago 7

    — Haas, Markus 39

    — Mata, Joaquin 21

    — Moratilla, Daniel 8

    — Naiksatam, Ashwin 8

    — Navarro, Eduardo 8, 35

    — Pavlovic, Natascha 7

    — Phillips, Tristan 7

    — Ponce de Leon, Marcela 7

    — Prado, Elisa 8

    — Rava, Federico 33

    — Rodríguez-Ramos, Jaime 7

    — Saadi, Miloud 7

    — Seitz, Alexander 7

    — Serrahima, Pedro 42

    — Wood, Alison 8

    — Zunzunegui, Adrian 7

  — Global Resources

    — BRUSA 17

      — Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure 11, 46

      — MAREA 17

    — Telefónica Business Solutions 8, 16, 36

    — Telefónica Global Services 7

    — Telefónica International Wholesale Services 18

    — Telxius 8, 17, 45

    — UNICA 21, 22, 23

  — Latin America

    — Brazil 8, 33, 35, 36, 42

    — Colombia 34

    — Mexico 7, 36

    — Vivo 8, 33, 36, 41, 42

  – Movistar+ 26, 28, 33

  – Products and services

    — Fusión 45

    — Living Cloud 21, 44

    — Movistar+ 26, 28, 33

    — Movistar Play 26

    — Movistar Series 27

    — Movistar VeriSure Hogar 45

    — O2 Refresh 47

    — pay-TV 26, 27, 28, 33, 39, 47

    — Simplicity 41

Telstra 25

Tesco 8

Tuenti 42

Twitter 27, 28

U

United Nations 35

V

Verizon Communications 12, 22

  — Verizon Wireless 12

Viacom 27

Viavi 23

VMware 17, 21, 22

Vodafone Group 28, 39, 46

  — Germany 39

UK 46

W

We-Technologies 26

World Bank 34

X

Xura 8

Z

ZTE 12

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Report: #127
Published: June 2018
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