Chilean Telco GTD deploys virtual set top box tech from Amino

GTD Chile
Neal Romanek
July 6th 2017 at 11:48AM : By Neal Romanek

Amino Communications' Enable will allow GTD to upgrade customer services without a costly and wasteful hardware switch

Chile telecommunications giant GTD is deploying the Enable virtual set top box platform by Amino Communications. GTD will join other telcos worldwide in upcycling legacy set top boxes with a software upgrade, avoiding a costly and wasteful hardware switch out. 

Having moved to an all IP network, GTD needed to adapt both its middleware and STB hardware platforms to take advantage of access to new network capabilities. In addition to being able to extend the life of customer's existing STB's the deployment allowed GTD to enhance its infrastructure by implementing a more stable middleware platform. Deploying Enable has allowed GTD to upgrade its base of STBs, and provide a unified user interface across its customer base, while continue to users to keep their legacy hardware. 

Amino's Enable has been in use for over a decade and is the software core for the widely deployed IP STB Amino View, which is now being deployed on third-party set-top box hardware platforms. Enable aims to help operators future-proof their offerings and deliver higher value services such as OTT, subscription video on demand (SVOD), multiscreen UX, UHD video and Android capabilities, and updated and unified user interfaces.

Chilean telecoms operator GTD Manquehue, a subsidiary of the Grupo GTD, has a 20,000km fibre-optic network, over which it offers fixed-line and pay TV in and around the Chilean capital, Santiago. The company also controls Telsur, covering Chile's south with IPTV, voice and internet service.

We know it is vital for GTD to keep up with customer demands for a modern user experience, but we need to do this in an efficient way that makes good financial sense,

said Cristian Tobar, TV technical director at Grupo GTD.

"Amino Enable has allowed us to do that, improving operational capabilities, reducing ongoing costs and helping us get the most from our existing capital investments.”

One of the biggest issues we are seeing with a number of our customers is the challenge of delivering the modern TV experience consumers demand in a cost-effective way,

said Amino Communications chief executive Donald McGarva.

“The trouble is operators face the obstacle of modernising legacy STB's that are not compatible with new systems, and yet most are not in a position to be burdened by the heavy investment required for a costly hardware swap-out.

“Amino Enable has empowered GTD to overcome this impediment, transforming its legacy base and future-proofing its entire service. We are now using Enable to do this for operators around the globe.”