Telcos are adapting themselves to new ways of content consumption

Daniel Fuentes, VP at Antel Uruguay, Gyorgy Zsembery, Group CEO, Home & Entertainment at Digicel and Henrik Sten, VP Sales and Development at Vewd, starred the  ‘Telcos and the new TV business’ panel, as part of the Nextv CEO Latin America conference, which took place last week at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Miami. The executives discussed  about OTT aggregation, the traditional pay TV offer, the offer of video services, and other topics.

Fuentes said that 5G technology has already been launched, depending on the need to provide advanced data services in a “very competitive business” and to increase the use of the fiber optic network installed nationwide, rather than by distribution of contents, for which there are linear services, by subscription and streaming.

Zsemberg said that in Digicel the aim of the networks is that clients receive an internet connection service: ‘IPTV is a good service for OTT, but the important thing is to provide simplicity for the user. We have a million mobile users and I will not talk about ‘Android TV or not Android TV’, because the next time we meet there will surely be other technologies available. People want to have a good Internet anywhere’, said the executive. Sten agreed on the need for reliable service as the first priority. ‘There are many announcements of news in the market, and some of them have been rushed and not tested as they needed to be’, he said.

‘Clients are who decide, and we try to give them what makes them feel more comfortable. We broadcast the World Cups but also the Olympic Games, because in Uruguay they like sports a lot’, said Fuentes. Apart from that, Sten said he was against the OTT replacing linear TV.