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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.

The 5 June Recap

A recap of the week’s telecoms news. Jamie had a day in Paris to meet Orange CFO Ramon Fernandez, who made it clear he’s not a fan of the European Commission’s tough stance on operator consolidation and was keen to talk up his company’s move into banking. Meanwhile, staying in France, Vivendi got the all clear to make a move on the artist formerly known as Telecom Italia and promptly replaced its Chairman with the Vivendi CEO.

The 30 May Recap

A recap of the week’s telecoms news. Nokia came to town to extol the virtues of small cells – augmenting coverage and capacity in the short term but ultimately forming a critical component of 5G infrastructure. Meanwhile Verizon launched a small cell of its own in the form of a wifi router that runs on 4G, apparently not put off by the fact that broadband routers will nearly always do that job far better.

The 15 May Recap

A recap of the week’s telecoms news. Softbank has reported a surge in profits, while also announcing a new collaboration with Qualcomm, and finally spraying the cash from its incubator. Over in the UK, BT has been chopping jobs and Gavin ‘Hasselhoff’ Patterson has decided not to take a bonus this year. Finally, there has been continued shape shifting in Ericsson as another executive jumps ship.

A guide to leasing in the telecoms industry

Leasing assets, rather than owning them, is transforming how people engage with the technology they need. Nowadays, nearly all traditional assets such as trucks, and industrial or commercial equipment like forklifts or harvesters, are acquired on a lease.

The 8 May Recap

A recap of the week’s telecoms news. Verizon comes to the painful realization that its aspirations in the enterprise cloud are forlorn which led to the disposal of its cloud and managed hosting business as well as some datacenters. Meanwhile Ericsson’s tough year got a bit worse with the downgrade of its credit rating to junk status by Moody’s and our special correspondent brings news of renewed hostilities in the US 5G arms race.

The 2 May 2017 Recap

A recap of the week’s telecoms news. It’s Q1 earnings season, with Ericsson and Nokia searching desperately for a light on the horizon, AWS looking over its shoulder at the cloud chasing pack and T-Mobile US aggressively closing the gap on its larger rivals.

Huawei explains why operators need a video connection

Global ICT giant Huawei was at London-based TV technology event TV Connect recently talking to existing and potential partners about how it can help them make the most of opportunities in the rapidly evolving consumer video market.

New IP Agency Plans Test for NFV Interoperability

Interoperability for Management and Orchestration (MANO) in the NFV space will be thoroughly tested at Light Reading’s third annual Big Communications Event (BCE) in Austin, Texas next month.

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