Netgem Soundbox to move operators to connected audio

Netgem has launched a new audio device for the connected home. It hopes the SoundBox will do for the operator what the set-top box has done for video.

Soundbox combines the functionality of a quality of a connected speaker with that of a TV box. It wants to remove the need to have two different sound and video systems around the house. The device also integrates a voice assistant and is compatible with Amazon Alexa.

“Mobile network operators aren’t naturally associated with delivering smart home solutions,” said Sylvain Thevenot, Managing Director, Netgem. “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.”

Netgem wants to help operators capitalise on the strong consumer appetite for music streaming services and quality audio systems

“The combination of video and music has huge potential for connected entertainment and telecom service providers. The SoundBox is a big step to unifying the entertainment experience in the smart home,” commented Nigel Walley, Decipher Media.

Soundbox will be on display at Mobile World Congress 2017 (Fira Barcelona) from 27 February to 2 March.