Antonio Mateos: “We have two years deceived the digital dividend”

Diversification and training mark the future of telecommunications installers says CEO, Antonio Mateo protest with government and defender of their sector, the career of Antonio Mateos has been linked to telecommunications and related to ICTs since 1976. This Salamanca chairs the National Federation of Telecommunications Installers (Fenitel), he represents in Parliament Advisory Board for Telecommunications and Information Society of the Ministry of State (SETSI), Multisectoral Commission and the Digital Home. Matthew is also a member of the Board of AMETIC (Multi-Sector Association of Information Technology and Communication, Telecommunication and Digital Content) and president of ASATEL (Business and Technical Association of Telecommunications Installers Salamanca). In the business has contributed to the development and installation companies creating and integrating telecommunications and has always been very involved in ensuring that all people have access to new technologies at home. This work made was awarded 2011 with the award for best personal career Looking for the Northern Digital Awards.

-Fight to resist no sense: These are his words from his speech at the General Assembly last Fenitel. What is the current situation of the?
-Fight to resist is bread for today and hunger for tomorrow. The future of the industry lies in diversifying beyond repair. It is true that the antennas, and all that has been around video, the intercom or sound small installations, is what we have done so far to live in a more or less solvent and, even, abundant. But things have changed in a short time and we are in urgent need of recycled or die. We have to go forward, and it is not an escape but to see the possibilities you have in order to have stability in the future. On 37 my years in this profession I think from the beginning we have been running forward trying to catch up to move to other citizens technological advances.
-What might be called technological culture and who once commented that it is one of the shortcomings of this community ...
-I think that many of the technologies are not used or are implanted in Castilla y León because the user does not know, nor know their benefits and services. I am convinced that the first thing you have to do is be disseminators of technology. Apparently this is because of the aging of the population of Castile and Leon and because young people lives more in cities, but I always say that the older person who knows and uses the technologies used much more strongly that all of us because it means having to go outside. They have spent many resources where most seemingly nuclei could monetize that investment and there are areas of our community, especially in the west, they are very neglected in this regard.
-The geographical dispersion does not help when providing equally to all population centers of the same technology.
-Almost 70% of the population is in the 30% the territory. In Castile and Leon should have planned better infrastructure consistent with a technological implementation centers have given much more coverage than there is now. It is inconceivable that in this community there are over six hundred television repeaters. But there is a major problem, areas where the topography is mountainous has made, but in areas where the topography is flat that is more harmful than beneficial, because the appropriate range of the signal is causing some they face the other. You go to a town where there is coverage 300% and that is doing more damage because you can not install an antenna to watch TV either.
-In his speech, another claims he did was the lack of government support.
-We depend on all central government. The Autonomy manages a certain competencies, but are minimal in this area. Yes it is true that the central government supports for issues, as happened recently with the extension of the TDT. The work of the Board must be possible protest to demand benefits and assistance; must also monitor the welfare of one or the other and that, e.g., the lord of a people can access broadband in the same conditions as any other citizen. Right now, with the satellite have broadband throughout the community, but who knows that there? And with a very good value for money.
Digital home and smart cities’
-Certainly the role of the sector to convert and adapt cities to 'smart cities'.
-Our industry has always been important, but we have always been the subcontractor's subcontractor, that is what makes it work in the end but that does not appear. On the subject of 'smart cities', we have to be relevant because the big companies are realizing that they have to reach the user, to which we must teach and educate gradually. A job that has to develop the user is near, who are we. We have to have two components in our profession: the technical and social. Returning to your question, I always say that the basis of the 'smart cities' is the digital home, digital community, and then we left for the 'friendly city'. If you can not manage what little it is understood not ask how much.
-But what is actually the digital home and smart cities and what science fiction?
-Lately, respect to the digital home is working basically technical alarm issue, intrusion, management and control: which can detect water leaks (which helps you lower your insurance premium), warnings by the fuego humo, blinds control systems that record your everyday, energy savings, power off and turn on the heat remotely from mobile applications, etc.. This was being done and, Although the crisis has stopped a little. We are working on integrating training for audiovisual home, the peripheral systems dolby 5.1, video, audio; having your own store sound and all starting from the same source. As digital buildings, many are not implementing anything beyond light and presence sensors for energy savings, e.g..
-In this case, cooperation with neighboring communities will be key.
-Yes, clear. The confidence that we have to generate on a day to day user is as important as technology.
-What the neighbors raised concerns you beyond the purely economic?
-In new homes, very few through the infrastructure standards in the year 1998 and call it my 'special Petete'. The problem is with the old, and is what we are now calling the Rehabilitation Act, common 'seudoinfraestructuras' telecommunications are created for any service, as internet, TV, Broadband, fiber, telephony, etc.. An old antenna system will cascade, housing housing, what he means is that if a neighbor is angry with another can cut the cable and it should not be so.
-And how is the crisis affecting the installation of upgrades in homes and communities?
-For affect, affects. Right now we have a serious problem. We conducted a study and between the 15% and 19% sector companies, which are mostly micro-SMEs, They have fallen in this time of crisis, and this has been because they have been waiting for services. For over two years deceived topic digital dividend. When we implemented the TDT, companies devoted all its staff to these facilities. This would have regulated not only have been because the last Council of Ministers of the previous Government approved a plan on DTT, and businesses remained additional staff to tackle this job. It turns out that this did not start and gave long, and spent 2011 and 2012; that now, that now, but did not. Can you imagine what it means for a small business 12 the 14 staff, that more than half have inactive and paying the salaries and social security?
-And why should all this secrecy and lack of clarity about the digital dividend?
-Well I do not know, we should ask our leaders. I suppose there are many vested interests, but mostly I think that there has been a clear desire to do things. Yes it is true that a sentence for a series of problems that have been created, but there is a spectrum that must continue. At one point he presented a draft royal decree for the implementation of digital dividend and adopted with the approval of virtually all participants and stayed there all, and do not know why.
-At this point, What solution offered from the sector?
-I think it makes sense to make the transfer, release those frequencies, is implanted digital dividend, continue sharing those until Spain to serve the sentence and, after, auction is to remove and replace if you want. But you do not have to pay the piper for anyone, because just imagine the scene before us if we have to go home and charge a client 20, 30, 40, 50 the 100 euros or whatever for taking x programs. You will not understand this.
-This secrecy also is occurring in the first tests with the new 4G networks have begun to perform in Zamora, Do you have more information about?
-I think that soon we will have public conclusions about, and I trust it.
-Meanwhile, Some phone companies begin to offer 4G ...
-Some phone companies have already activated their 4G services, but not at the frequency that affects, that is to 800 and which is the one part of the frequency of the television channels. Now is Vodafone 1.800 and we have a global problem, sites and in very specific positions. A radio frequencies can not put fences.
-In this regard, What has been done in other European countries?
-First and foremost is that those who have stayed with the frequency to work on 4G they have made a deposit to cover economic capable enough interference that may occur. I know that there has been interference in other countries like the UK and have been solved. Although more than interferences were saturations, since the power with which will come out 4G frequency will be much higher than that of television, because in this you need an antenna to bring it to room; however, with your 'smartphone' you'll be in your living room or wherever you want. I do not think that at this level where the test. A radio frequency level I already believe anything and the user is usually the 'paganini’ of all these problems and we have to be there to pull the chestnuts out of the fire who incinerate.
Diversification and training
-He spoke at the beginning of this interview and the need for diversification of the sector training. How are facing this situation installers?
-As can. The truth is that not everyone has the luck that I have I give training and stay home. Sometimes you give an employee training and then leaves, puts a business in front and makes competition. That is going. But as we consider it very important for our industry, continue training people, even with our own. Nowadays, the main source of training is the FP, but people do not get very prepared. And when we begin to pay a technician is within two years of being in the company, that is when we can send only. And that investment will not pay anyone. So you have to fire people discouraged you, for besides that become like family, is our main asset.
-And to finish, In summary what are the future challenges facing it sector?
-We would do well to come out the issue of the digital dividend. As a challenge, would advance accessibility issues. After, obviously, let broadband and optical fiber to. It remains an unresolved, that is to raise awareness that you gain more with a prevention system with a breakdown. The maintenance culture here in Castilla y León there. And keep creating that continuity of service, what the customer needs. There are and, while we can, there we. As he commented before, we are the black who has written the book, but do not appear in the credits. And in what is, we are not all bad. But the worst is that the economic context has not been what has caused the problem. We have caused a situation that has led us to be pretty bad. And as I said the other day Victor Calvo Sotelo, Secretary of State for Telecommunications, much because of the closure of 19% sector companies it has the SETSI; and that is a thorn that we nailed.


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