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www.inbroadcast.com | Vol: 6 - Issue 9 | September 2016

InReply

Smart Home
Operator
Opportunities
Matthias Greve, CEO and Founder of ABOX42, discusses the
maturing Smart Home market and the essential part that
gateway-enabled STB platforms can play...
InBroadcast: In your opinion,
what are the main challenges and
opportunities of the smart home
business from the perspective of an
operator / ISP?
Matthias Greve: For an operator
smart home is a new business
segment with great opportunities
to increase revenues and to reduce
churn. A smart home service can
be offered in addition to the core
telecommunication services internet,
mobile, telephony and TV.
We have been looking into the
Smart Home segment for quite a while
already. As the products and services
available have matured, now is the
right time for operators to consider
adding Smart Home services to their
portfolio. The discussion today is not
so much about a technology anymore,
but rather about a service-driven
approach which makes it way easier
for operators to launch a smart home
service of their own.
Obviously we see a great opportunity
in the smart home segment for any
kind of operator, which is why we

decided to include the essential
technologies into our new M30 and
M50 set top box (STB) platforms to
have them "smart home ready".
InB: And how does it relate to
your daily business?
MG: From the ABOX42 perspective
we consider smart home as the next
big thing for end-user homes and
therefore are carefully looking into
this new market.
As a first step we launch a set of new
Smart STB platforms - to be presented
at IBC2016 - which already have all the
right technologies built-in to work as
a home gateway. The home gateway
will play a central role for all kind of
smart home services, that's why it's
the logical next step for us.
When talking to our customers, we
feel that it's the right timing for an
introduction of smart home enabled
products, since many operators
are looking for additional revenue
opportunities and ways to reduce
churn.
Gateway: ABOX42 M-series
set top box range

Matthias Greve,
CEO and Founder
of ABOX42

InB: What is your strategic and
technical focus/solution for the
new smart home market? Where do
you see the greatest challenges and
opportunities for the STB market?
MG: Looking at the TV business,
things are pretty straightforward
nowadays. An operator needs to take
the decision to what extent he wants to
invest in infrastructure / hardware, set
up and maintenance of a TV solution.
For both models "make or buy" there
are market proven solutions. Even
for operators with no expertise in
managing complex projects, there are
modern and very comprehensive total
TV solutions which can be deployed
within no time, with low investments
and little in-house resources.
When it comes to the first screen
TV experience, a modern Smart STB
solution with a managed lifecycle
is key for any operator TV service -
that's what ABOX42 is offering with
its M-series and Z-series STB lines,
the compelling Software stack, Total
Lifecycle management solution and
additional services to operators
world-wide.
Talking about the smart home
business, things are still quite different
- yes there are a couple of standards,
but it is hard for an operator today,
to get to a compelling end-to-end
solution with home gateway, sensors
and a managed service, all ready to
sell. This is a great opportunity to
bring together all essential parts from
our product and solution experience

to provide an end-to-end smart home
solution, which can be launched by
operators hassle-free and without any
knowhow.
InB: Please outline your recent
technical solution / innovation for
new operator requirements?
MG:
ABOX42
is
constantly
driving innovation, both on the
hardware, software and service side.
Requirements are quite different
and very much depend on the
region, infrastructure and target
service - so we provide a portfolio of
products covering the whole range of
requirements from emerging markets
for cost optimised devices up to
mature markets which look for latest
technologies like 4K UHD. ABOX42 is
perfectly prepared for that and puts
the focus on a compelling solution with
a managed lifecycle.
InB: Anything else you wish to
add?
MG: We are looking forward to this
year's IBC in order to show the latest
innovations and solutions tailored for
operators and service providers in the
TV and smart home space.
The challenge of operators with
modern IPTV, OTT and Hybrid TV
projects require a modern, mature
and futureproof set top box platform
which supports the latest technologies
required for a compelling and featurerich first screen TV experience.
Schedule an appointment and visit us
at IBC to explore the latest generation
ABOX42 set top box platforms,
the latest innovations of ABOX42's
software platform (SDK) and ABOX42's
total lifecycle management solution.
We are introducing the new ABOX42
M30 and M50 set top box product line
with built-in Smart Home Gateway
functionality, enabling operators to
launch new "in-home" service models.
InB: Thank you for taking time to
answer our questions.


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