Archives: Interviews

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Innovation, OTTs and the smart home

Scott and Jamie are joined by special guest Mary Clark – CMO of Synchronoss – this week. Playing to some of Mary’s many strengths they focus on the relationship between operators and their customers, especially in the areas of product innovation and customer experience. Mary offers insights into how this stuff gets discussed at the top table and the challenges involved. They conclude with a look at the smart home as a battleground between operators and OTTs for access to the consumer.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Cheeky China, real 5G and net neutrality

Jamie, Iain and Scott take a look at the emerging story regarding allegations that some tech kit coming out of China contains a tiny chip which enables some degree of espionage. Everyone involved in the report is denying it but someone must be lying. On that note the debate moves on to what constitutes a genuine 5G launch as opposed to the many ‘5G firsts’ being claimed by late-stage trials. They conclude with a look at the continued dispute in the US over net neutrality regulations and other geographical tangents.

Ovum Digital Futures 2018: BT

At the recent Ovum Digital Futures event we spoke to Simon Thompson from BT about his work in introducing the benefits of AI to the way BT works and interacts with its customers.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Vodafone, NB-IoT and so much more

It’s back to the usual suspects this week, with Jamie and Iain reflecting on their recent visit to Vodafone’s HQ for an update about what the operator group has been up to. Among the highlights were a holographic communications demo that even managed to impress Jamie. A number of other topics come up including, God help us, 6G, before they move onto the growing momentum behind the NB-IoT LPWAN standard and why we should care. The pod concludes with a spot of globe trotting, which includes India and Italy.

Ovum Digital Futures 2018: Telefónica

At the recent Ovum Digital Futures event we spoke to Chema Alonso from Telefónica about artificial intelligence and how he is using it both inside the company and for consumer products.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: AI, UIs and WTF

Another special episode this week as Scott and Wei visit the Ovum Digital Futures summit and are joined by Analyst Ed Barton. They have the bright idea of starting the recording outside, which not only results in a regrettable amount of wind noise but also tiresome bureaucratic interference (after 10 minutes), both of which are resolved by a move inside. In keeping with the theme of the event the three of them discuss trends in media consumption, the role of artificial intelligence in consumer tech and whether the voice user interface is useful.

Q&A with Stephane Proust of Orange

The demand from our customers is evolving towards more rich and diverse services, with connected objects and new services such as banking services.

Q&A with Matt Jones, CEO at OVO

In this interview we discuss how OTT is impacting MVNOs, whether telcos should invest in content production or focus on partnerships with content providers, and OVO’s approach to unique content.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: 5G, IoT and Apple iPhone

The pod has a special guest this week in the form of Telecoms Consultant William Webb, who joins Scott along with the no-less special Iain Morris of Light Reading. They start by noting that, even by recent standards, the 5G hype reached hysterical levels in the build up to MWC Americas. They move on to IoT and contemplate whether operators are even capable of moving up the value stack, before concluding with a look at the new iPhone and the significance of Apple supporting e-SIM.

Q&A with Anuradha Udunuwara

Anuradha is an expert in the field of Telecom & Technology with over 15 years industry experience in Strategy, Architecture, Engineering, Design, Plan, Implementation, and Maintenance of Communications Service Provider Networks.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Puzzling times

Jamie and Scott are joined by Ray from Light Reading, who kicks things off by analysing why the big telecoms vendors seem to be stepping up their M&A activity – spoiler alert: it’s all about automation and being cloud-native. Conversation moves seamlessly on to the jigsaw puzzle that is 5G as, more than any previous generation, a lot of pieces have to be in place for it to work properly. After some meandering tangents the guys conclude with a look at the growing hostility by western governments towards Huawei and question how justified it is.

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