Metrotel launches its new video matrix

Argentina’s telecommunications company Metrotel, which offers solutions to the corporate market, presented its new video matrix, a product that offers on demand connectivity, in a cloud modality, based on the client’s requirements.
The solution was presented in Buenos Aires by Germán Garay, COO of Metrotel, who highlighted that the video matrix generates dynamic connections at low price subscriptions, which allows broadcasters to improve their costs.
According to the company, the goal is to apply the cloud concept in 25 to 30 places to expand it exponentially with a self-management profile based on SDN, which will allow it to be managed according to each particular requirement, which can be one hour of connection or a live event in particular.
In this way, Metrotel seeks to adapt to the new content consumption habits, which forces companies to look for new business models. The Argentine telco has more than 25 years in the market. It owns a fiber optic network with a total length of 3,000 km. In late 2017, two investment funds -Riverwood and Blackstone- acquired the company for USD 190 million.
Metrotel operates in the City of Buenos Aires, Greater Buenos Aires, Rosario, Córdoba, Mendoza and Neuquén. According to the CEO of the company, Hernán Ballve, who was at the presentation of the new product, Metrotel intends to continue growing and expanding to new cities. However, the director stressed that there are obstacles in the municipalities to move forward with the network. In this sense, Ballve said that the “short” telecoms law “has good things but does not regulate anything regarding the availability of public infrastructures to be able to build a network”.
In this context, he asked for “clear rules” for all actors, especially because Metrotel must bury the network underneath the street, while competitors expand their networks by air.
In this same line, Garay mentioned the low penetration levels of FTTH in Argentina, due to “regulations that do not encourage the deployment of this technology”. According to the executive, “competitors opt for HFC technology because in urban areas it costs between 8 and 10 times less than fiber.”