Telefónica selects Quantenna for Wi-Fi in new 4K set-top boxes

Spain's Telefónica has signed up to use Quantenna's new QSR2000C line of dual-band Wi-Fi components in its wireless set-top boxes (STBs).

Quantenna, a Netherlands-headquartered provider of ultra-high performance Wi-Fi products, said Telefónica will utilise its QSR2000C range in a new generation of STBs that are designed to meet video service requirements and deployment topologies across multiple countries. In theory, such a capability offers economies of scale for Telefónica’s TV content play across a number of markets.

The Wi-Fi company said its technology will allow Telefónica to deploy STBs in both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. Telefónica's new STBs will be geared towards providing 4K wireless high-definition video and will be rolled out across its various operators around the world. TV technologies covered by the new STBs include DTH, CATV, and IPTV, Quantenna stated.

This is far from the first deal between the two companies, though, as Quantenna's Wi-Fi components have previously found their way into Telefónica's set-top boxes.

“We are honoured that Telefónica renewed their trust in our solutions for their future generation of market leading wireless set box-boxes," Quantenna business development chief Lionel Bonnot said in a statement.

"We are particularly excited about the wide scope of the engagement and the breadth of technologies and geographical coverage it involves."

Features of the new QSR2000C product family include multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO), transmit beamforming, support for up to four spatial streams, and what Quantenna claims is "precise 5G radar detection".

The company unveiled the new line on Friday at the IBC 2016 show in Amsterdam, where it also revealed the Telefónica contract on Monday.

Separately, Telefónica said it had chosen Arris to build its next-generation set-to boxes, which are codenamed "Proteus".

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