Telefónica has launched a new gateway product to mark the completion of the first phase of transforming its global technology division.

The operator’s Home Gateway Unit (HGU) is the first product to come out of Telefónica’s Global Device Development Centre, one of three specialist teams set up as part of the new working model for the company’s Global CTO Unit.

The centre has been set up to develop and certify a global portfolio of devices for the group by means of a single end-to-end process.

It has been established following the creation of new ”Global Centres" by Telefónica aimed at creating specialised units focused on specific business areas.

Telefónica said the new working model had been devised to “ensure better decision-making in terms of technology, speed, simplicity, efficiency and reliability in network installations throughout the whole group.”

The programme is seen by the telco as a key element of its ambition to become “a leading digital telco”.

Today (Tuesday), Telefónica said that first of the plan's three phases was complete, with the operator’s Global Device Development Centre, Global Operational Support Processes and Systems Centre and the Global Energy and Rentals Centre all now operational.

Telefónica’s HGU is the first “tangible” product to come out of the programme.

The device combines a router, optical network terminal (ONT) and videobridge. The three-in-one unit contains gigabit passive optical network chip from Broadcom, allowing users to experience speeds of up to 1GBps.

The device is now available in select cities in Spain for customers signing up to Telefónica fibre services of speeds between 30 and 300MBps, as well as customers upgrading from ADSL to fibre.

For Movistar customers using alternative devices, Telefónica will also offer to exchange users’ current units with the new HGU.

The operator said in a statement: “Thanks to the HGU, customers can make the most of the current speeds of Telefónica's fibre network, even via Wi-Fi, as well as the speed upgrades still to come. Furthermore, this equipment ensures the best customer experience with the most advanced services, a valuable differentiation for the company in this space.”

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