MWC 2017: Netgem launches SoundBox to simplify connected home digital clutter

Telco TV and entertainment solution provider Netgem has launched a new connected device category enabling mobile and TV providers to add value to their bundles.

The new SoundBox combines the functionalities of a connected speaker with the capabilities of a TV box to create what Netgem calls a unique platform for a new generation of connected entertainment services that takes away the hassle of having different sound and video systems in the house.

Integrating a voice assistant, compatible with Amazon Alexa, SoundBox devices are powered by the latest generation of the Netgem Home software platform, offering a combined video and audio experience from and on any screen, and combined with centralised management tools for service providers.

Customised solutions based on SoundBox will be available to service providers to help them launch a new generation of household bundles beyond traditional triple or quad- play services. Netgem believes that the solution will enable them to increase services revenue by capitalising on the strong consumer appetite for music streaming services and quality audio systems, and the growing demand for digital simplicity.

Yet significantly and indicating that Netgem is looking outside its traditional user base, SoundBox is being premiered at Mobile Word Congress (MWC). Netgem sees SoundBox as creating an opportunity for mobile network operators (MNOs) to combine their mobile tariffs with a new music experience driven by a disruptive, new smart device form factor. Moreover, it says that they can now enter the smart home through differentiated family bundles that will simplify their customers’ digital lives, increase service revenue and reinforce loyalty.

“Mobile network operators aren’t naturally associated with delivering smart home solutions,” commented Netgem MD Sylvain Thevenot.
“SoundBox will enable them to change that perception for the first time by giving them an opportunity to redefine the way they approach family bundles.”