Telefonica issues RFP for Hybrid box

Chris Forrester

Telefónica’s Latin American division has launched a request for proposals (RFP) to select STB and head-end suppliers for a new hybrid service of IPTV+DTH or IPTV+cable. The box would be launched simultaneously in four Latin American countries where the company is incumbent for telephony services and offers ADSL (Brazil, Colombia, Chile and Peru), in addition to DTH. 42 manufacturers reportedly participated in the annual STB tender.

‘NexTVLatam’ reports that the winner will be chosen within a month and the company that offers the lowest price will be awarded the business. If none of the participants improve their present offer, current providers will be kept.

Likewise, Telefónica is in the process of choosing a third head end provider. The idea is to invite Cisco and Harmonic to submit their offers. The winner will also be disclosed within a month.

Telefonica will replicate its Chilean affiliate's model, which already offers IPTV in a district of Santiago, in Latin America. The service is offered through two STBs, a DTH one and another box that enables VOD and interactive services.

In Peru, where the company owns MSO Cablemágico, Telefónica can also offer a cable hybrid IPTV service. In Sao Paulo (Brazil), the operator is already offering TVXtrem, an HD IPTV over FTTH network, through its related cable company TVA. In Argentina, Telefónica will have to wait for the regulation changes to be able to hold pay-TV licenses (for both IPTV and DTH).