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The Telecoms.com Podcast: What is digital transformation?

We welcome special guest Jennifer Kyriakakis from digital commerce software vendor Matrixx this week, so Scott and Jamie spend the whole hour trying to work out what the hell ‘digital’ actually means in the telecoms environment. The three of them discuss best practice, why digital transformation is important and who, if anyone, is doing it well.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Vodafone 5G, Xi vs Trump and Apple innovation

This week’s episode starts with a review of Vodafone’s big UK 5G launch event, which both Jamie and Iain attended and which revealed a novel approach to phone tariffs. They move on to the ongoing spat between the leaders of China and the US that is causing Huawei so much trouble and conclude by asking whether Apple has lost the art of innovation.

Trade wars, 5G wins and phone bills

The new studio is finally complete and we celebrate with a brand new intro sequence, courtesy of Producer Pierre. This week Scott, Jamie and Iain start by discussing the trade war between the US and China, especially as it involves Huawei. They follow with a look at the various claims from operators to be leading the 5G pack and conclude with a look at O2 UK’s attempt to save subscribers money.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Nokia, Orange and US politics

The new studio finally gets its foam wallpaper, which hopefully shows in the audio as the usual suspects give it its first outing. They start by discussing Jamie’s recent chat with Nokia UK, move on to Iain’s meeting with Orange EMEA and conclude with Scott banging on about US politics as it affects the telecoms and tech sectors.

From 5G to 6G

We caught up with Stéphane Téral of IHS Markit at the recent 5G World event to talk, appropriately enough, about 6G. Téral offers an early look at some of the thinking going into the sixth generation of wireless communications technology, including frequencies approaching visible light and perfecting some of the stuff introduced in 5G.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: ‘Live’ from 5G World!

This week’s episode has Scott, Jamie and Iain out at the Excel for 5G World, and funnily enough 5G was big on the agenda. Aside from some posturing in the 5G race, UK Secretary of State Jeremy Wright also gave some ‘nuanced’ insight into the on-going Huawei saga.

New 5G NR device and network testing solutions unveiled by Rohde & Schwarz at 5G World 2019

Principle Technology Manager Meik Kottkamp provides an overview of the status of 5G, highlights new test requirements that its emergence brings and how Rohde & Schwarz is addressing them. In particular, Meik describes new capabilities from Rohde & Schwarz for device testing and measuring end user Quality of Experience using commercially available 5G NR smartphones.

Nexign talks digital transformation in the 5G era

At the recent Digital Transformation World event in Nice we spoke to Alexey Vedin, Product Director, Network Monetisation at Nexign. We discussed the evolution of CSPs to DSPs, digital transformation in the 5G era and the importance of digital partnerships.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Global 5G, tech regulation and telecoms jobs

Same crew, different furniture this week as the guys take to the sofa. They start with a look at how the global 5G rollout is going and who may be winning among the vendors. Conversation moves onto the increasing regulatory pressure faced by US tech giants and concludes by reflecting on the trend towards job losses at operators.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: EE 5G, TMUS/Sprint and cryptocurrency

It’s all Telecoms.com as Jamie, Wei and Scott try out a new room to record the pod this week, which is very exciting. They start with a look at the big UK 5G launch by EE, move onto the latest developments in the merger between T-Mobile US and Sprint and finish with some discussion around cryptocurrency.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: 5G UK, Huawei and TMUS/Sprint

The core crew are back together after some extensive globetrotting. Jamie and Iain tell us about the launch of 5G in the UK by EE before discussion moves on to the latest in the sagas of Huawei’s us ban and the proposed merger of T-Mobile US and Sprint.

Q&A with Elisabetta Romano, CTO at TIM

TIM invested 2.39 billion euros on 5G spectrum in late 2018 for expansion of mobile network. Why has TIM invested heavily on spectrum? What monetisation opportunities does TIM expect from 5G?

Spectrum is one of the key assets for telco operators. Through such investment, TIM has secured both the best coverage – with the 700 MHz bandwidth – and the highest speeds through higher bandwidths such as the 3.6 GHz and the 28 GHz, necessary to provide specific services.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: 5G, edge computing and Huawei

Jamie takes the helm this week as the pod comes from the Big 5G Event in Denver. He’s joined by Iain and debutant Telecoms.com podder Mitch Wagner from Light Reading. Appropriately enough that kick off by talking about 5G, with a focus on edge computing. The move on to the transformation of the telecoms industry in general and just can’t resist an update of the Huawei situation.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Smartphones, Huawei and Three UK

In this week’s pod the usual suspects are reunited, but in a new location, as Telecoms.com and Light Reading move offices. They start with a look at the global smartphone market and wonder what can be done to return it to growth. Huawei, inevitably, requires further discussion especially as Jamie was recently hanging out with them in China, and they conclude with a look at Three UK, who Iain spent some time with in London recently.

Securing the second-hand device market

Russ Ernst, Executive Vice President, Products and Technology at Blancco discusses the importance of securing consumer data, through effective erasure, in ensuring the ongoing success of the second-hand device market.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Huawei, Apple/Qualcomm and 5G

With Jamie gallivanting around China he is replaced, appropriately enough, by Telecoms.com’s Wei Shi, for this episode. Wei starts by taking us through some research into the ownership of Huawei and what the significance of it might be. Scott then introduces an overview of the litigation between Apple and Qualcomm that recently came to a conclusion, while Iain reflects on a recent trip to Paris to hear Orange and its partners talk about commercialising 5G.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: AI, regulation and 5G spectrum

Super-sub Ray plays a blinder off the bench once more as he crosses the topic of AI for Scott and Jamie to nod in. The guys kick off by exploring the use of AI in networks but also in the wider world and mull over the ethical implications of letting machines make decisions for us. Scott forces a pass to Jamie on the topic of regulation and the team makes full use of extra time to explore the topic of 5G spectrum.

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