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ONO plans to add functionality & test new marketing models for TiVo #CC2013

Manuel Sequeira ONO Cable CongressSpanish cable operator ONO plans to add new functionality to its TiVo platform and test new ways of marketing the DVR version of the service, according to director of technology Manuel Sequeira.

Interviewed by DTVE ahead of Cable Congress, ONO’s Sequeira said the operator is pleased with the progress of the TiVo service so far. ONO implemented software upgrades to the service in July and November last year and is in the process of adding new functionality to the platform. “We are in the process of bringing new features and functionality to the box. We are quite happy about the way it’s going. For the future it’s about continuing to evolve the platform, but there will be no big changes. It’s a very good product for top-tier customers,” said Sequeira.

ONO is offering two version of the platform – a DVR version and a zapper (which is basically the same box with the DVR functionality disabled). The operator is considering introducing pilot schemes whereby potential customers will be given a free trial of a DVR box and then downgraded to a zapper if they decide they don’t want to sign up to the full service. At the moment this is still very much at the trial stage, says Sequeira.

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Cable Congress 2013: Review by Chris Dziadul, Broadband TV News

Mike Fries live interview on stage at Cable Congress 2013

On the evidence of this year’s Cable Congress, which was held in London on March 5-7, the European cable industry is in much better shape now than at any time since the global financial crisis began in 2008.

However, the challenges it faces, especially in securing new revenue streams in what remains a difficult economic environment, cannot be underestimated.

Take the case of mobile services. In a wide-ranging CNN interview, Mike Fries, Liberty Global’s president and CEO, said it would be important for the company to have a quad play option. After all, telcos do and it is not difficult to achieve, with little capital expenditure required.

However, he then went on to say that Liberty Global has already looked at acquiring mobile companies but found the process hard. Indeed, such companies may have a market share of up to 50-70%, but some mobile subscribers will never take cable services.

Perhaps more tellingly, when pressed Fries conceded that he considered mobile a threat as well as an opportunity.

That was certainly not the view of Ewan Mackay, MD, Cable Industry, EALA, Accenture, who contrasted the problems being faced by the mobile industry, certainly in such areas as the rollout of 4G services, with the manner in which cable has successfully responded to the challenges it faces.

Interestingly, he identified connected home, m Health and B2B sales as accelerated growth areas for cable in the future.

Wi-Fi, too, is also looming on the horizon, thanks in no small part to the activities of such operators as Virgin Media and Ono. The former, according to Kevin Baughan, Director, Metro Wireless, Virgin Media Business, has embarked on its London Underground project – begun ahead of the Olympics last year and still being expanded – due to an interest in Next Generation Wireless. It has also undertaken small cell trials in the cities of Newcastle and Bristol and secured concessions in Leeds and Bradford.

Ono, on the other hand, began a public WiFi trial in Alicante last July. Manuel Sequeira, the company’s director of technology, said that it has been very successful and may now be extended, with “lots of lessons” having been learnt from building access points.

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