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The Telecoms.com Podcast: Cloud, Huawei, 5G phones and Orange

In this special pod recorded on location in Portugal Scott is outnumbered by no less than three Light Reading hacks, including a first appearance from US editor Phil Harvey. They start by reviewing what little they’re allowed to discuss from the highly confidential 2020 Vision summit that brought them there, before reflecting the big telecoms news of the week concerning the first of Huawei’s misfortunes. Scott then reflects on the imminence of the first 5G smartphones and Iain tells us about his lunch with Orange.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Diversification, consolidation and aggravation

The core team of Jamie, Iain and Scott is back in town and they start by mulling over the faltering attempts by operators to diversify away from their core business in the endless search for margin and growth. That moves them seamlessly onto the topic of operator consolidation and what is the optimal number of MNOs. Elsewhere suspicion of Chinese kit vendors remains the story that keeps on giving and Iain reckons there may be trouble ahead for 5G.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Africa, Italia, UK and US

A globetrotting podcast this week features Ray from Light Reading as Scott’s only conversational partner, but since he equates to at least two regular pundits that’s fine. They discuss the recent AfricaCom event in Cape Town, before moving onto the latest corporate shenanigans at Telecom Italia, which unhelpfully took place between the recording and publication of this podcast. They conclude with a look at EE and Virgin Media getting in trouble with Ofcom and Oracle trying to buy its way back into telecoms.

Qualcomm explains why we should be excited about 5G

At the recent Qualcomm 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong we spoke to Enrico Salvatori, President of Europe for Qualcomm, who reflected on the event and some of the reasons everyone should be excited about 5G.

MTS talks 5G in Russia

At the recent Qualcomm 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong we spoke to Kirill Dmitriev, Chief Sales and Service Officer at MTS. He gave us an overview of how 5G is progressing in Russia and what he considers to be the main benefits it will offer.

DT, 5G and the real time economy

At the recent Qualcomm 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong we spoke to Dr Abduradak Mudesir, VP of Vendor Strategy and 5G Technologies at Deutsche Telekom. He told us how DT sees 5G enabling the real time economy and the many other innovations it will bring about over and above just mobile phone applications.

Qualcomm talks Extended Reality

At the recent Qualcomm 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong, Sajith Balraj, Director, Technical Marketing demonstrated some of the features of Boundless XR (Extended Reality), which will use the latest 5G technologies to elevate AR and VR to the next level.

Vlogging from Cape Town

Jamie serves up a video bulletin from the AfricaCom 2018 show, in which he mulls over some of the unique challenges and opportunities faced by African telecoms companies.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Glotels 2018 special

The Telecoms.com and Light Reading teams put in a quick quarter of an hour at the end of the Global Telecoms Awards 2018 because none of them felt like coming in the next day. They reflect on a top night featuring the hilarious Russell Kane before recapping on some of the events they had attended that week. There are also impromptu guest appearances featuring Liz from sales and Analyst Paolo Pescatore.

BBWF Cloudstreet Highlights

Network slicing promises to be a panacea, but the biggest hurdles are not technological. The grand ambition of enabling intelligent, adaptive, application-aware networks requires a wholesale operational transformation that will move the carrier from simply selling SIM cards to managing a spectrum of tailored services in an expanding ecosystem as we move to 5G. Cloudstreet founder and CEO Mika Skarp unpacks the challenges an enormous opportunities of this shift.

What does the 5G era mean for the fixed line industry?

At the end of the recent Cable Next Gen Europe event Scott from Telecoms.com and Iain from Light Reading discuss some of the subjects that most interested them from the event. Of particular interest were the implications of 5G to the fixed line industry, including how best to optimise wifi performance and the emergence of 5G fixed wireless access.

We’re still not using data well enough

Jamie from Telecoms.com chats to Ray from Light Reading at the Software Defined Operations and the Autonomous Network event in London. The review a panel discussion around the use of big data and conclude there’s still a fair bit of work to be done in getting the hang of it. Top marks to Ray for his command of metaphor and graphic imagery.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Broadband, 5G and Q3 numbers

The usual suspects assemble once more in order to record their incoherent ramblings for your pleasure. They have all been travelling, with Jamie and Iain recalling their experiences at the Broadband World Forum event in Berlin, which included reckless consumption of absinthe. Scott, meanwhile, schlepped all the way over to Hong Kong in order to hang out with Qualcomm and talk incessantly about 5G. They conclude with a look both at the latest numbers served up by the big kit vendors and also Jamie’s latest toy.

BBWF 2018: Google and broadband

At the 2018 Broadband World Forum event in Berlin we caught up with Craig Fenton, Director of Strategy and Operations at Google, to get his company’s perspective on the latest developments in the broadband world.

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.

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