Archives: Interviews

Three on network problems, solutions and ambitions…

Phil Sheppard, Director of Network Strategy at Three UK, talks to Jamie about bringing the network up to scratch, reinforcing its position in the 4G market and preparations for 5G deployment next year…

The Telecoms.com podcast: Live from 5G World

This week we bring you the pod live (or at least it was when we filmed it) from 5G World 2018 in London – an event that tested the stamina of our youngest team member. Scott reflects on apparent sentiment that everyone should stop moaning about 5G business cases and just get on with it, while Iain notes the downbeat current phase of the 5G hype cycle, Jamie laments a relative lack of ambition from European operators and guest podder Elliott reflects on living the 5G dream.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Corporate haircuts

Scott, Jamie and Iain ponder the significance of haircuts at the top of the corporate food chain, with the luxuriantly coiffured Gavin Patterson reaching the end of his tenure at BT and the often mulleted Hans Vestberg set to take over at Verizon. Iain and Jamie then reminisce about some swanky lunches they both attended with Vodafone and Orange, and declare a winner. Scott finishes with a look at a cheeky move by Ofcom to give UK operators a financial haircut.

Qualcomm explains the benefits of wifi mesh

Irvind Ghai, VP of Product Management at Qualcomm Technologies, discusses some of the challenges faced by many domestic wifi setups, how mesh technology can help resolve them and how this technology can also provide business benefits for CSPs.

Qualcomm discusses its recent small cell announcements

Irvind Ghai, VP of Product Management at Qualcomm Technologies, talks about the launch of a 5G New Radio small cells solution and the announcement of Qualcomm’s partnership with Facebook on its Terragraph fixed wireless project.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: GDPR SNAFU

Scott and Jamie are joined by Ray from Light Reading this week, who can barely contain his excitement at the prospect of talking about regulation. The guys reflect on the entirely predictable SNAFU that has been the first week of GDPR, before reflecting on Nokia’s more recent devices misadventures following the failed Withings experiment. Ray concludes with a look at where we are now regarding virtualization which is so authoritative that the other two wisely decide not to try to pick holes in it, preferring instead to ask about ham, egg and chips.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: More than meets the eye

The usual suspects are back after a week of globetrotting to industry trade shows. Iain and Scott reflect on their time at Digital Transformation World and discuss whether or not telcos should even bother digitally transforming themselves. At the same time Jamie was in the US at the Big Communications Event, at which he heard about how Jio is going to continue transforming the Indian market. They then move on to the transformation of ZTE from a thriving company to a dying one, and maybe back again, and conclude with the subtle transformation of Deutsche Telekom into a smaller company.

Philosophical transformation

Telecoms.com and Light Reading both attended Digital Transformation World in Nice, France and it seemed to have been one trade show too many for Scott and Iain.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Companies in crisis

Jamie leads the pod this week, fresh from and appearing on proper telly to talk about BT axing a bunch of jobs, and he is clearly still buzzing. We then move onto Iain, who hasn’t even been on YouTube this week and has instead been analysing Vodafone’s acquisition of a bunch of Liberty Global stuff. When Scott gets his turn he laments the catastrophic situation ZTE has found itself in and then finishes off with his trademark fearmongering about AI, with a focus on audio.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Analyse this

Scott and Jamie once more risk exposing their dilettantism this week as they welcome Gabriel Brown – an Analyst, no less, from Heavy Reading. They start with a look at the longest courtship in telecoms: T-Mobile US and Sprint, who have finally decided to make honest operators of each other. They move onto 5G – one of Gabriel’s core areas – and he becomes so animated in response to a random question from Pierre that he won’t stop banging the microphone. They conclude with some breaking news (at least it was at the time) concerning the battle for the soul of TIM (Telecom Italia) between Vivendi and Elliott.

Q&A with Sebastiano Galantucci, COO at Dime Global

In this interview, Sebastiano shares how MVNOs can address the rise of communities, why MVNOs should be investing in communication platforms and where they fit within a MVNOs digital transformation.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Going for a slash

Jamie and Scott are joined by Iain from Light Reading this week and they start by discussing the pros and cons of becoming a communications-slash-content provider. Is convergence a sound business strategy or is it better to just stick with what your company’s best at? Is it good for you to consume a lot of VOD? Not during a podcast it would seem as Iain and Scott are forced to improvise while Jamie literally goes for a slash. Unperturbed they move onto the ongoing subject of Chinese vendors getting a hard time from western authorities, with ZTE coming under so much fire it might have to slash its operations significantly. They conclude with a look Amazon, which thanks to a convergent strategy for its Prime premium service has managed to acquire over 100,000 subscribers. The guys speculate about why Amazon has decided to release this data but conclude it’s unlikely to slash its heavy investment anytime soon.

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