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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.

Q&A Interview with Renato Andrade Reis, Acqua Telecom

Renato Reis is an independent MVNO consultant at Acqua Telecom, and he previously collaborated with the MVNOs Series on the report Shaping the Asia Pacific MVNO Market, where he shared his insider’s views on the region.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Business as usual

Scott is back from his challenging summer holiday and just can’t wait to hang out with his podcast chums Jamie and Iain once more. They start by talking about T-Mobile US and its distinctly conservative ‘uncarrier’ event, and ponder what operators can do to make a difference. They eventually move on to discuss the thorny issue of social media censorship and conclude with a growing trend towards protectionism and countries trying to become more self-reliant on telecoms kit.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Scraping the barrel

With ‘the talent’ all on holiday we’re left With ‘the talent’ all on holiday we’re left with just Jamie and Ray for this week’s installment. Ray had a chat with a senior Ericsson dude about its cunning investment plans, of which he approves. Meanwhile Jamie offers an update on what Samsung is up to, including a bunch of AI investments, and wonders what the hell the point of Bixby is. Lastly Ray ponders the implications of Cisco losing the head of its service provider business but declines to make himself available for the vacancy. plans, and Jamie updates us on what Samsung is up to; its AI everywhere and a seemingly pointless Bixby. Lastly Ray ponders the vacant Cisco position in its service provider business but isn’t sending the CV just yet.

Telecoms.com talk mmWave with Qualcomm, Nokia and BT

We had the chance to chat with Dino Flore of Qualcomm, Volke Ziegler of Nokia and BT’s Ian Mings at 5G World to look at a joint-demonstration of 5G mmWave to a prototype handset, including VR streaming capabilities.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Jamie is in charge, about time

With Jamie back from his travels, Iain recovered from his pre-season football industry and Wei making his debut appearance on the Telecoms.com, the trio have a look at Nokia’s numbers, the spectrum of convergence success this week and a bit more China chaos.

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