Metrotel and Iplan rule out offering own TV service, want to make their networks available to other operators

Germán Garay, CTO of Metrotel, and Damián Maldini, general manager of Iplan participated in NexTV Series Argentina, where they detailed their business plan in the new competition scenario. Both executive were part of the panel called “Fiber to the home (FTTH) and new video services”.
Garay said they are “in a very large expansion process” and will build “a neutral network so that any operator or cooperative that wants to generate some kind of synergy can do it.” “The network is designed to also accompany the OTTs and all those who go to the video world, we do not put ourselves in a restrictive situation, and it is not in our plans to develop an OTT or anything of that style.”
Maldini said that Iplan has a similar strategy. “We are not going to develop an OTT or a TV channel. Our network is prepared so that all OTTs can transmit their content to any user who purchases the Iplan service or who buys the network from Iplan.” According to the executive, the position of the company is “to have the best internet in the market and give it an opening, not only from the legal and strategic business, but also from the capabilities of the network and the data center, so that it can include the largest amount of these video services.” Currently the Iplan network covers 150,000 homes.
Garay said that launching their own video service would “remove attention” from their core business. “I think we can be strong partners of those people who are in this segment and who know it well and understand how to serve it. We have no doubt that cooperatives and cable companies know their business very well. We feel closer to them being their suppliers or accompanying them in the development of the network. That is the driver of the strategy; we believe that the important thing is the bandwidth and connectivity.” Currently, Metrotel has a network of around 3,500 km of fiber.
During the event, Metrotel launched a cloud vision to give capacity on demand to the market from its new video matrix. It is an initiative to change the commercial format of the connection service between studios and channels. The objective is to apply the cloud concept with a self-management profile based on SDN that will allow it to be managed according to each particular requirement. In this way, a channel can have the option of when to contract or in what quality without depending on a signature process.