• Telefónica backs TM Forum Open APIs, and Wayra invests in cybersecurity. 

Elsewhere in Telefónica Infra-Tech: Kymatio gets funding boost; Navantia gets €5m contract

Elsewhere in Telefónica Infra-Tech: Kymatio gets funding boost; Navantia gets €5m contract

Source: Telefónica

  • Telefónica was among a group of new signatories to the OpenAPI and Open Digital Architecture [ODA] Manifesto. Launched by TM Forum in 2016, the Manifesto aims to revamp operations and business support systems through industry collaboration on developing cloud‑native software components. Specifically, TM Forum advises service providers to replace traditional IT architectures with ODA’s “standardised plug‑and‑play components, data model, and open APIs [application programming interfaces]”, if they are to “significantly cut costs” and reduce time‑to-market for new services. In parallel with Telefónica’s formal commitment to the Manifesto — other new signatories included BT Group, Deutsche Telekom, and Telenor — TM Forum announced that vendors Amdocs, Netcracker Technologies, Nokia, and Oracle Communications were adopting ODA.
  • Kymatio, a Spain-based cybersecurity startup to which Wayra Spain, Telefónica’s local open innovation hub, has pledged funds (Telefónicawatch, #142), increased its first round of investment by 40%, to €725,000, to accommodate two additional investors, BStartup Banco Sabadell and JME Ventures. The round was led by The Crowd Angel, supported by Wayra and Business Angels. Kymatio identifies and analyses cybersecurity risks caused by employees. Wayra’s investment was said to enable the startup to boost its business development with Telefónica. Kymatio has already agreed deals with Spanish utility Iberdrola and bank Santander in addition to Telefónica. In 2017, Kymatio was named as one of three winners of ElevenPaths’ and Wayra’s first cybersecurity call.
  • Telefonica España agreed a €5.2m contract with state‑owned shipbuilding company Navantia to upgrade its digital systems and private cloud platform for the design, construction, and support of ship lifecycles. The deal, extendable to €14m, involves server and application virtualisation, backup and disaster recovery, as well as platform certification. The platform will be hosted at Telefónica’s Alcalá and Julian Camarillo data centres in Madrid. Telefónica has an existing relationship with Navantia, and is working with the shipbuilder on an Industry4.0 project awarded by Spain’s Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation. This 5G‑enabled digitisation project involves the use of remote technical assistance to machines in production via 3D models and augmented reality, visualisation of parts to identify incidents, and 3D streaming in real‑time.
  • Telefónica España is reportedly implementing a “de‑escalation” plan for its staff to return to work, following the easing of the coronavirus lockdown measures. The phased process began in May 2020 with the reinstatement of retail staff, and is expected to run until at least the end of 2020. The plan was said to include the: introduction of capacity limits in the workplace; delay in the return of vulnerable groups, such as staff with health conditions or dependents, until at least January 2020; establishment of shifts; and increased use of home‑working. Sources at the operating business reportedly indicated that 82% of Telefónica España’s employees continue to work remotely, reduced from 95% at the height of the coronavirus crisis.