Spanish telecoms giant Telefónica has selected Swedish firm Ericsson to lead the integration and implementation of its next-generation video platform in a multi-year, multi-country deal.
The telco’s new Global Video Platform (GVP) is being readied for the delivery of all video entertainment services across its operating businesses globally, with the first GVP deployments to take place in Brazil, Chile and Spain, and more countries to follow thereafter.
The new platform includes IPTV middleware from Microsoft and other components from a range of (as yet unnamed) companies, including OTT back-office, Digital Rights Management Systems and Content Management Systems.
Telefónica’s own R&D department is developing and launching the user experience interface for GVP.
Ericsson has been handed the role of implementing its Operations Support System (OSS) and Business Support System (BSS) for Telefónica, with the intention of increasing the telco’s operational efficiencies and modernising their end-to-end environment.
The Swedish firm is the second company confirmed to have won a role in the GVP project – Microsoft was the first to be identified around a month ago (details here).
Telefónica currently has around 3.5mn customers for is various pay-TV services around the world, with 2.4mn in Latin America at the end of October and the remainder in Spain (760,000) and the Czech Republic (140,000).