Telefónica opens gateway to manage quintuple play

DetailsJuan Fernandez Gonzalez | 12 June 2015

Telefónica is to launch a Home Gateway Unit, a single fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) device able to replace optical network termination (ONT) to support its recently launched quintuple play offer.

The unit will be introduced for Spain's market in September and then in Latin America, starting with Brazil and Chile before the year ends.

The new device, encompassing a router and video-bridge includes support for home security and Internet of the things (IoT), has been described as a 'fibre router' in its commercial version, designed and developed by Telefónica's Centro Global de Desarrollo de Dispositivos, a research unit aiming to take the lead in the current digital market, in collaboration with other industry players. The main goal of the centre is to develop and certify a devices' portfolio -both fixed and mobile- for every operator inside the telco, including 3G and LTE devices, set-top boxes for TV or FTTH devices.

The Home Gateway Unit includes six internal aerials for Wi-Fi – four for 5 GHz and two for 2.4 GHz – an FXS port to integrate voice IP services, four Ethernet ports and the new GPN chip designed by , among other features.
The fibre router, which is to reduce cables and devices at home, has been co-designed with Mormendi, software and hardware production has counted on Taiwan's Askey and Mitrastar, and for Wi-Fi integration Telefónica collaborated with the American Quantenna Communications.

Spain's current highest Internet speed (300 Mbps) and future bandwidths will be supported by the unit, which is also to improve advanced TV services with simultaneous cloud recording and HD programming.