Archives: Interviews

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.

Telecoms.com Podcast: Its all about own-brand baked beans

On this weeks’ episode, Scott and Jamie discuss Huawei’s money problems, the pros and cons of own brand vs. Heinz baked beans, Jio’s latest efforts to shake things up in India, WhatsApp’s entry into mobile money and where in the world AI is going to have the biggest negative impact. Long-time listeners will also have a chance to put a voice to the name, as we drag Brad out in front of the mic for his final podcast :(

Vodafone discusses its video strategy

The head of Vodafone’s Video Center of Excellence – Wolfgang Zeller – talks at TV Connect 2017 about his company’s video strategy, including challenges faced and how it has worked with Huawei to overcome them.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Telecoms feat. L Reading innit

Scott and Jamie are joined by Ray and Iain from Light Reading as the elite of global telecoms journalism apply their collective wisdom to the week’s burning issues. The gang start by dissecting Ericsson’s new cunning plan but opinion is divided on the new CEO and specifically when he’s going to get his magic wand out. They move on to the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8 by DJ Koh, feat. MC Bixby and once more the team struggle for consensus, especially on the matter of placing potentially volatile devices next to their old chap, and ponder what can be done about dirty data.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: from the dull to the downright dodgy

It’s ‘just the two of us’ as Scott and Jamie go it alone on the general topic of devices. They are left bored by the lack of excitement around the delayed Samsung Galaxy S8 launch, awed by Apple’s ability to take people to the cleaners and floored by an attempt to charge ten grand for a phone. Later the lads discuss jostling in the connected car market, the Yahoo ballyhoo and the curious case of the connected sex toy.

Mastercard: What’s Next for Mobile Payments?

2017 marks the fifth consecutive year for Mastercard at Mobile World Congress and it was a great time to reflect on the amazing advances the payments industry as well as discuss “What’s Next” in the digital commerce future. We spoke to James Anderson, executive vice president, digital payments at Mastercard about everything – from digital wallets to tokenization to robots and commerce-enabled IOT devices – and how Mastercard is working to ensure that every one of its accounts is as digital as the people using them.

Mastercard: Two Billion Adults “Trapped” in Cash Economy

Despite advances made in the last several years, two billion adults around the world are trapped in a cash economy and lack what we take for granted – a safe way to receive, save and use money. Shamina Singh, executive vice president, Sustainability & President, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth chats about how Mastercard is developing new ways to facilitate electronic payments and serve more consumers around the world, extending opportunities for financial inclusion and empowering social change.

Mastercard: Payment from Every Device

A world where everything and everyone is connected creates new points of interaction for commerce. These digital experiences cannot be developed in isolation and instead require an ecosystem to drive mass consumer and enterprise adoption and create better consumer engagement. Predicting when that growth will happen is difficult, but always keeping the end user in mind and building solutions that solve existing pain points is a good starting point. Kiki Del Valle senior vice president, commerce for every device program at Mastercard shares how Mastercard is bringing the future forward and delivering unique connected moments to a consumer’s daily life.

AccelerComm first to 5G Polar Code IP

AcclerComm is a semiconductor IP-core company that provides patented turbo coding technology. In this video, they demonstrate their turbo decoder at Mobile World Congress.

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