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Telefónica Internacional Wholesale Services (TIWS)

Brief description of the organisation

Telefónica International Wholesale Services (TIWS) is the organization within the Telefónica Group that provides global telecommunication services for fixed and mobile carriers, ISPs and content providers. Its portfolio includes international Voice, IP, Capacity, Satellite, Mobility, Platform and International Services for Corporations. The company is committed to using the most innovative technology for all its services and products. It has a Tier-1 Backbone that offers direct connectivity between Latin America, the USA and Europe through an extensive international fiber-optic network, which includes, among others, the SAm-1 submarine cable.

Developing its business through a commitment to continuous improvement is among the company's objectives. In this sense, it has been successfully undertaking the implementation of best practices and operational improvements based on international standards related to fundamental aspects of Information Security, Personal Data Protection, data management associated with financial transactions, Quality and Environmental preservation. Inside of TIWS, Satellite Services Business Unit provides solutions that other communications infrastructures are unable to offer because they exist in places that the other infrastructures cannot reach. These services complement the other solutions in the catalogue, whether as a single communication option or as 100% diversified backup solutions. In addition, they can be provided globally, regardless of geography, distances to nodes or exchanges and are rapidly deployed.

Main tasks attributed in the project

WP2: Contribute to the definition of the system requirements and the scenarios.

WP5: Transport network optimization when the solution will be through satellite links.

WP6: Support the interconnectivity of the plarform through satellite links.

WP7: Dissemination in appropriate forums and devise plans for knowledge utilization on satellite links.

Previous experience relevant to those tasks:

TIWS is currently operating Satellite Services for more than 100 clients, throuh INTELSAT satellites (global coverage), EUTELSAT (European coverage), Hispasat (covering Europe, North Africa and America) and INMARSAT (for mobile communications). This group has a lot of experience in providing added value solutions directed to save as much satellite bandwidth as possible without losing quality of service. So we are very focused to optimize the satellite link in order to get best prices for our services in a very competitive maket nowadays. We have experience in telemedicine projects through satellite communications, such as Principado de Asturias, Servicio Cántabro de Salud, Servicio Riojano de Salud, and other international projects out of Spain. We have also collaborated in natural disasters, the most important was earthquake of Chile where we activated more than 150 satellite mobile terminals in only 3 days.