Ignacio del Castillo


An objective view of current events in the Telco sector

Tecnodesayunos de Ignacio del Castillo

Expansion and Arca., with the aim of responding to the need for a dedicated technology forum, have set up a regular series of events in the form of informative breakfasts, in which experts meet to discuss different topics related to current affairs in the sector, with a selected audience of between 50 and 60 people, and led by Ignacio del Castillo.

Tecnodesayunos de Ignacio del Castillo transfer the style of the Tecnoestrategias blog that Ignacio writes in Expansión to a format of sectorial breakfasts, in which issues related to Telecommunications in Spain are analysed.

Having become a reference in the sector, the Tecnodesayunos de Ignacio del Castillo include among their speakers and guests prominent executives of the main companies related to the telecommunications sector (operators, network manufacturers, civil engineering companies, consultants, auxiliary firms, public administration, etc.).

With these characteristics, and taking into account that the topics dealt with are selected according to the current situation of the sector at the time of the event, Tecnodesayunos de Ignacio del Castillo are a loudspeaker from which the public is informed of the messages they consider most appropriate regarding the subject matter of each event.

MásMóvil, the disruptor of the Spanish market

In the new edition of the Tecnodesayunos de Ignacio del Castillo we will have the only presence of Mr. Meinrad Spenger, CEO of MásMóvil who will talk with Ignacio del Castillo about the role of MásMóvil in the Telecommunications market in Spain.

MásMóvil, the fourth Spanish operator, has become the main disruptor of the Spanish telecommunications market and one of the fourth most powerful operators in Europe due to its wide presence in fixed and mobile infrastructures. Its arrival on the convergent market in 2017 triggered a dynamic that has oriented the bulk of the market towards the medium and low cost and has shown that it is possible to grow without a content offer.

The challenges of the sector transformation

In the new edition of the Tecnodesayunos of Ignacio del Castillo we will have the only presence of Mr. António Coimbra, President and CEO of Vodafone Spain, who will talk with Ignacio del Castillo about the challenges of the transformation of the sector.

The telecoms market is facing new challenges caused by technology, customer preferences and market dynamics. The boom in low and medium cost tariffs, the decoupling of terminal sales from services, the unstoppable growth of online sales, or the multiplication of independent content providers, are forcing operators to reinvent themselves

New networks, new models

In the future, telco networks will undergo a great evolution, not only because of the arrival of 5G, but also because of other processes that are occurring in parallel.

The growing role of wholesale operators, virtualisation and the impact it will have on creating new services faster and more tailored to customers, open networks and the time it will take to arrive, or Edge Computing with the distribution and capillarisation of the cloud to lower application latency. All of these will push changes in business models.

NETCOS, the growing role of wholesale operators

The networks need significant investments in fibre and 5G and the incumbents have limited resources. This is why wholesale network operators, or netcos, are set to become increasingly important in the sector, both in fixed and mobile networks.

The 5G challenge. Opportunities and threats

5G is going to change everything, including the operators' ecosystem. It will allow telco networks to be used for more applications and processes than ever before.

From that point of view, there are huge opportunities for operators to win new markets: in healthcare, industrial automation, Smart Cities, Edge Computing, etc. But at the same time, the large deployments, very capillary and extensive in the territory, are a challenge for the operators. On the one hand, they imply large investments, which it is not evident can be addressed by all operators in each country. On the other hand, they can allow the entry of new players, competing with the operators in their own markets: from the internet giants for Big Data activities, born from the Internet of Things, to the entry of neutral infrastructure operators such as Cellnex or even the creation of private data networks for industrial automation by large industrial consortia


Are we entering a new paradigm of telecommunications offers after six years of only fixed-mobile-television offers?

There are recent signs that point to profound changes in the sector's practices: The appearance of the first flat rate for data by the challenger and prudent initial responses by the incumbents taking advantage of their zero rating practices; uncertainty about the continuity of some of the most demanded television content such as football and the possible consequences of a greater focus on aid for the sale of terminals to take advantage of the economic resources that would be released and fill the loyalty gap left by football; consequences of these changes on regulation (network neutrality) and on the level of network saturation if there is an additional and unforeseen explosion in traffic.

Ignacio del Castillo

Periodista de Telco y Tech que se ocupa de la información sobre tecnología en el diario Expansión (España)

Telco and Tech journalist who works on technology information for the newspaper Expansión (Spain) An absolute reference in this sector, he has seen (and written) how the industry has been transformed by the arrival of mobile phones and the Internet. And how it is being further revolutionised by the combination of these two concepts, together with mobile broadband and web 2.0.

From his point of view http://www.expansion.com/blogs/tecnoestrategias/ , he tells the most relevant of what is happening in this technological world in continuous transformation, and his opinion is highly valued!