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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.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: 5G, tech politics and notspots

The usual suspects kick off with a look at some of the first commercial 5G launches, with South Korea leading the way. While Scott is a bit confused by the tariffs, they nonetheless weigh up the pros and cons of paying for 5G. Conversation moves onto the political pressure tech companies are increasingly under, both internally and externally. They conclude with a look at ‘notspots’ i.e. areas that still lack mobile coverage.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Apple, Huawei and Europe

The core crew are back together and they kick off by discussing a recent Apple launch event in which the gadget giant announced a move into original content, financial services and news aggregation. The inevitable topic of Huawei followed and they concluded with a look at some other bits of news coming from Europe, including the dreaded ‘B’ word.

Qualcomm hosts European 5G conference

In partnership with France Brevets, EURECOM and IMT, Qualcomm hosted a conference in Paris dedicated to 5G research in Europe. A major theme was the importance of collaboration between academic and commercial organisations when it comes to R&D and standards development.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: cloud gaming, UK infrastructure and Huawei

Super-sub Ray joins Jamie and Scott this week and kicks things off with a look at Google’s new cloud gaming initiative Stadia and its implications for the telecoms industry. All this streaming and remote processing will put additional strain on infrastructure and they move on to look at some domestic developments in that area. They conclude, inevitably, with a review of the latest developments in the war between the US and Huawei.

Re-architecting Intelligent Communications – “Omni-channel communication is imperative today”

The data and messaging industries are witnessing significant disruption. In this complex environment, operators must work towards transitioning from functioning as bulk SMS providers to offering omni-channel platforms for the enterprise engagement. Deshbandhu Bansal, Assistant Vice President, Messaging and Broadband Solutions, Comviva, highlights why operators ought to move beyond traditional carrier services.

Financial Inclusion to Financial Enrichment – “Provide customers a hyper-personalized experience”

The global communications space is fast transitioning from the mobile to mobility to digital. The impetus on players in the global payments space, therefore, is no longer merely ensuring financial inclusion but financial enrichment as well. Digital banking has, therefore, come to the forefront in this regard. New age digital platforms are certainly making their presence felt to ensure customers obtain a hyper-personalized experience. Srinivas Nidugondi, Chief Operating officer, Mobile Financial Solutions, Comviva, shares his views.

Digital Services and Media – “digital has replaced traditional value added services”

The industry is, without a doubt, witnessing a sea-change from traditional to digital value added services (VAS). With content going digital, operators ought to focus on enabling these services to subscribers. While traditional VAS typically entailed voice-based services, the focus is now on digital VAS, including content pertaining to education, ravel, entertainment, et all. Atul Madan, Chief Operating Officer, Digital Lifestyle Solutions, Comviva, highlights why digital VAS has taken centre stage today.

Incognito Interview: Industrial IoT – The CSP Opportunity

The industrial Internet of things (IIoT) has the potential to drive a new generation of device management and analytics that help industrial companies optimize business processes and make smarter decisions, faster. Ragu Masilamany, VP of Products at Incognito, met with Telecoms.com to discuss the new business opportunities IIoT presents for service providers, the technologies needed to support these mission-critical applications, and the role of Incognito in helping to support the remote management of connected devices and providing the analytics generated from telemetry data.

Technicolor’s Mercedes Pastor Describes How Integrated Approach to 5G and Wi-Fi Creates Value for Network Service Providers and Subscribers at MWC 2019

While 5G was the undisputed queen of the scene at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, it’s important not to get lost in the headlines and miss the critical role that in-home wireless networks will play in meeting consumers’ expectations globally. There is of action and interest around the business and opportunities that are swirling around next generation Wi-Fi technology and that is why the team at Technicolor focused on highlighting the need for network service providers to carefully evaluate the advantages and limitations of both technologies and investigate what benefits could be associated by intelligently integrating both.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Samsung, 5G, AI and Huawei

The guys are joined by special guest Dan Warren from Samsung in this week’s pod and start by getting his take on some of the main themes of the recent MWC show. Dan is head of 5G research at Samsung and so has forgotten more than Scott at least will ever know about the subject, but at least doesn’t think he’s entirely full of sh*t on the matter. Jamie picks his brains on the importance of edge computing, while Iain introduces the topic of open source and the elephant in the room that is Huawei is never far away.

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