Telefónica thinking about Wi-Fi redistribution of IPTV HD services

Juan Pablo Conti ©RapidTVNews | 10-11-2011
Linking it up with its plans to deploy IPTV services across Latin America and beyond, Telefónica has announced a strategic alliance with Quantenna Communications, a company that has found a way to boost Wi-Fi speeds by a factor of five. Through the agreement, the Spanish group will gain partial ownership over the American engineering company, although Telefónica has failed to specify the amount of money that was involved in the transaction. The investment came out of Telefónica Digital, a business division created a couple of months ago to find new opportunities not only within the digital video market but also within the cloud computing, mobile advertising, machine-to-machine (M2M) and eHealth sectors. Telefónica Digital's chairman and CEO, Matthew Key, said: "Quantenna's technology will be a core component of our growth strategy for IPTV deployments in Europe and Latin America." Quantenna's star product consists of a chip that, when embedded in a Wi-Fi router, multiplies that device's data transfer rate by as much as five times, delivering up to 600 Mbit/s. Among the techniques exploited by the company to achieve this is the use of MIMO (multiple-input / multiple-output) antenna configurations. By bringing in expertise on this particular field of engineering – and, even more so, by acquiring intellectual property and already-developed products – Telefónica is revealing a lot about the way it sees its upcoming IPTV services being redistributed around the home environment. Essentially, Telefónica is saying that video content reaching an IPTV set-top box or connected TV will be allowed to be transferred to other screens, possibly in real time; that it will do so wirelessly; and that in doing so it won't lose its native HD quality.