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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.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Cheeky China, real 5G and net neutrality

Jamie, Iain and Scott take a look at the emerging story regarding allegations that some tech kit coming out of China contains a tiny chip which enables some degree of espionage. Everyone involved in the report is denying it but someone must be lying. On that note the debate moves on to what constitutes a genuine 5G launch as opposed to the many ‘5G firsts’ being claimed by late-stage trials. They conclude with a look at the continued dispute in the US over net neutrality regulations and other geographical tangents.

Ovum Digital Futures 2018: BT

At the recent Ovum Digital Futures event we spoke to Simon Thompson from BT about his work in introducing the benefits of AI to the way BT works and interacts with its customers.

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.

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