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The Telecoms.com Podcast: Game of phones

This week we welcome guest podder Jesse from TV business title TBI to talk about how video content is distributed and monetized, and what lesson the telecoms world can learn in its apparent desperation to move in that direction. Jamie is back from his latest travels and brings us news of what was discussed at the Nordic Digital Business Summit. We conclude by reviewing some of the week’s corporate dramas, with Hollywood even managing to put itself in the spotlight on that front too.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Up to no good

The Light Reading sandwich makes appearance once more as Scott is joined by Ray and Iain. They start by arguing the toss over whether ISPs should be allowed to sell broadband on the basis of ‘up to’ a maximum speed that is rarely achieved, which leads to a showdown between the LR lads. Moving further afield, they reflect on the turmoil in the Indian telecoms market caused by the disruptive entry of Reliance Jio and then move on to the growing need to automate a lot of network management. To finish, the guys reflect on their favourite cocktails and conclude Iain may need to revise the way he orders his.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Talking turmoil

Our team of talkative telecoms trouble-makers turn their sceptical gaze onto the turmoil at the top of TIM this week, where Vivendi is exercising far more control than its 24% shareholding would seem to allow. Later they wrestle with the many challenges surrounding the smart home, which in Scott’s case includes even being able to say it properly. Lastly the guys tackle the age-old question of how operators can best move with the times and ask whether they’re even capable of change.

The Telecoms.com podcast: Capital punishment

Jamie’s back and he, Scott and Iain from Light Reading discuss the decision to kick Uber out of London, which threatens to make going out on the piss until the small hours significantly more expensive in the capital. Meanwhile Deutsche Telekom has launched an offensive on the content market as the two worlds increasingly collide. Lastly the team have a look at Google’s latest smartphone move, which involves grabbing the cream of HTC’s engineering talent, and wonder what this means for the future of HTC.

The Telecoms.com podcast: Light Reading sandwich

In the absence of Jamie, Scott becomes the filling in a Light Reading sandwich as he’s outnumbered by Ray and Iain. The three discuss long overdue big investments in fibre from the likes of Vodafone and Verizon, and why they matter. Talking about big investments they move on to the exceptional sum Apple wants for its latest shiny thing and to what extent that’s taking the piss. The gang concludes by reflecting on the necessity of the distributed cloud and how paying for it is nearly as expensive as buying an iPhone X.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Dirty data

Scott and Jamie are joined by Ray from Light Reading and the team start by reflecting on the amount of moaning the impending UK 5G auctions have caused. They then ponder how little control we have over our digital live and ask whether there should be a limit on the power of the dominant digital utilities. Lastly Ray derides dirty data, which is bad, naughty and needs to be thoroughly spanked to teach it a lesson, prompting one of Scott’s paranoid AI tangents.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Back in business

Scott and Jamie put the band back together with the help of Iain from Light Reading. The telecoms tyrants pick up where they left off by arguing the toss over net neutrality, Europe’s 5G progress and some new gadgetry for IFA. In classic journalistic tradition they end up debating whether any of it actually matters and completely fail to come to a unanimous conclusion on anything.

The 29 August Recap

A recap of the week’s talking points in the telco world. This week is the need for speed: Verizon has made the brave move of throttling customer’s video experience, Ericsson and China Unicom have launched a commercially available gigabit LTE network, while Rootmetrics tell us who are the good boys and the bad boys in the UK.

The 21 August Recap

A recap of the week’s telecoms talking points. It’s been a week of gimmicks as Three tests out a new sub-brand called Smaty, only charging customers for data which they use, Telefonica is extending its content-platform throughout Europe, T-Mobile is switching on the 600 MHz spectrum band without any devices which can actually use it, and BT is using the almighty power of Twitter to big up its sports content.

The 14 August Recap

A recap of the week’s telecoms talking points. Jamie and Scott review the decision by UK operator Three to request a judicial review into the circumstances surrounding the impending 5G spectrum auction. Three is moaning because it thinks there should be a much lower cap on the total amount of licensed spectrum owned by any one operator, but the guys wonder if there may be other strategies at work and question whether its desirable to delay the progress of 5G.

The 7 August Recap

A recap of the week’s telecoms talking points. Facebook AI programmers had a bit of a brain-fade as they allowed one of its AI applications to invent its own, more efficient use of English. Deutsche Telekom has shown that you have to spend money if you want to make money. And in the US, the FCC is back up to full strength with the appointment of two Commissioners, Brendan Carr and Jessica Rosenworcel.

The 31 July Recap featuring our mate in NYC Dan

A slightly different format this week as Jamie has a quick catch-up with Light Reading’s Dan Allen. Over in the US, Foxconn plans to build a couple of plants in a $10 billion commitment, while Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is named the world’s richest man. Quarterly earnings calls are painting a troubled landscape in the network infrastructure game, and what is the human cost of automation?

The 24 July Recap

A recap of the week’s telecoms talking points. Over in India, the mudslinging has continued as each of the telcos have a bit of a moan to regulator, TRAI, while Jio’s new ‘free’ feature phone gets ready to rumble. Meanwhile, in the UK, Vodafone has released less than glowing financials, but plan to recapture former glories through a complete revamp of customer services operations. Welcome to the party, TOBi.

The 17 July Recap

A recap of the week’s telecoms talking points. In the UK Ofcom decided to cap the total ownership of spectrum by any single comapny at a higher level than operator Three had hoped, prompting extensive moaning and a threat of legal action that could delay the UK 5G process. Meanwhile in the US tech companies were protesting at the proposed repeal of net neutrality regulation, which could result in ISPs favouring some internet traffic over others.

Experiencing Gigabit LTE

Qualcomm, Sony and EE recently hosted an event to demonstrate ‘Gigabit LTE’ over EE’s Wembley Stadium network, through a Sony Xperia XZ Premium running a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip. Here’s what the three companies had to say about the occasion.

The 10 July Recap

A recap of the week’s telecoms news. Jamie takes a look as UK government plans to invest millions of tax-payer pounds in the UK fibre industry and asks where it will go and why it’s even necessary in the first place. Meanwhile Scott skives off to Wembley Stadium to find out if it’s possible to achieve 1 Gigabit per second of bandwidth over a commercial mobile network.

The 3 July Recap

A recap of the week’s key telecoms news. In a busy week for European regulators Google was fined €2.4 billion for abusing its dominant position in the search market, but Google insisted all it was doing was promoting sponsored keywords as usual. Meanwhile UK telecoms regulator Ofcom published its latest operator complaints numbers and expressed reservations about the proposed acquisition of Sky UK by Rupert Murdoch and family.

Video special – guess the acronym

At the recent TechXLR8 event we took the camera around the show floor to test attendees’ knowledge of a range of acronyms – some telecoms, some not. Even Scott from Telecoms.com and Ray from Light Reading were put under the spotlight, but who did best?

The Recap – TechXLR8 special

Scott and Jamie report from the TechXLR8 show in London. For Jamie it’s been all about artificial intelligence, with opinion divided about both the potential benefits and threats of letting the machines take over. Meanwhile Scott has been exploring the point of 5G and whether anyone’s ever going to make any money out of it.

The 9 June Recap

A recap of the week’s telecoms news. Apple finally decided to get involved in the connected smart speaker market with the launch of the premium-priced HomePod, which is positioned to appeal to both audiophiles and geeks. Meanwhile Huawei’s diversification continued with the stated aim of becoming the number one laptop brand, from a standing start, within five years.

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