Archives: Interviews

An entire generation may avoid set top box – Conax

Conax’s Tor Helge Kristiansen, EVP and Principal Architect, says securing authorisation keys now for TV is essential in Africa as a new generation of connectivity emerges; while predicting an entire generation may avoid the set top box entirely. Kristiansen spoke to Tim Skinner at AfricaCom 2016

The Telecoms.com Podcast – BeeTeeHeeHee

This week Tim, Jamie and a returning Scott chew the gristle of BTEE’s unsolicited and gloating-not-gloating Christmas letter to all its MNO buddies. The government’s £1 billion investment in fibre and 5G comes at the cost of no one being allowed to watch freaky porn anymore, and a super-battery being developed by some clever bods over at the University of Central Florida threatens to shake up the whole electronics industry. Oh, and Scott talks IoT sheep while Jamie gets defensive over his sense of humour.

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Making digital assets sweat to boost ARPU – Mahindra Comviva

Mahindra Comviva’s Amit Sanyal explains how customer value management and making existing digital assets sweat can help drive ARPU and reduce churn in the next generation of telecoms. Sanyal is the VP of Consumer Value Solutions and was speaking to Tim Skinner at AfricaCom 2016

Triple play services are changing the African landscape – Satcab

Martin Jahn from Satcab explains to Telecoms.com how end-to-end systems integration solutions are vital for effective video solution delivery; before Augusto Silva from Celfocus explains how the growth in triple play is changing the African landscape for operators.

Prysmian on the future of fibre networking

Ian Griffiths from fibre specialist Prysmian Group explains how fundamental changes in network fibre nodes is enabling a broader uptake of fibre connectivity through the industry. Griffiths was speaking with

The set top box will be the smart home gateway – Abox42

Abox42 told Telecoms.com that the future set top box will act as an entry point for IoT in the smart home in the next generation of TV services. Oliver Soellner spoke to Tim Skinner at AfricaCom 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa.

ZTE – Video can change services forever

Video is the next big thing for enabling services and generating new revenue streams for service providers, according to Ding Kun, ZTE’s VP of Multimedia Service Products. ZTE spoke to Telecoms.com at AfricaCom 2016 to explain how video can change the future of service delivery.

The Telecoms.com Podcast – Meanwhile in Africa

Meanwhile in Africa, Tim and Ray greet Amy Turner to the pod as the gang digests the happenings from AfricaCom. The guys are live from the AfricaCom Awards, with Beyoncé and 50Cent in tow, going over the biggest trends from the show.

Taking a bit of a reality check from the marketing-fuelled buzzwordy world of telecoms, the podders wrap up the biggest key theme emerging from the show: bringing fundamental electricity and cellular connectivity to more than 600 million African citizens.

If you work in African telecoms, this week’s episode is for you. If you don’t, this year’s AfricaCom was an eye-opener. Oh, and Tim ate a cheeseburger pie.

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Fixed wireless can change Africa – Green Packet

Dr. Michael Hamer, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Green Packet, talks at AfricaCom 2016 about his company’s LTE-based plug-and-play fixed wireless solutions. This is an especially useful thing in regions like Africa, he says, where FTTx infrastructure is often prohibitively expensive.

BBWF 2016 – Rahul Patel, SVP and GM, Connectivity Group, Qualcomm

Rahul Patel, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Qualcomm’s Connectivity Group, talks at Broadband World Forum 2016 about the gap between what the market expects of broadband and what we’re currently able to supply, especially via wifi. Patel also talks us through Qualcomm’s live wireless backhaul demonstration.

BBWF 2016 – Cai Jingzhe, VP and GM of Fixed Network at ZTE

Cai Jingzhe, Vice President and General Manager of Fixed Network Product at ZTE, talks at Broadband World Forum 2016 about his company’s new optical access platform, which he says is the most powerful of its type in the industry and is well positioned for the Big Video era.

It’s Time to Focus on Quality in the IoT Ecosystem

The Internet of Things and Machine to Machine provide mobile operators with an opportunity to explore new sources of revenue. But M2M customers have very specific needs: they want to buy SIM cards in bulk, they mainly need data transmission, and they need a ready-made product, often with their branding. Additionally they need an M2M managed connectivity platform to report, control and manage their M2M business. Comarch M2M Platform helps telecoms offer personalized SIM cards, perform tests, monitor services and make it easy for M2M customers to block specific devices or geographical regions. It comes with a user-friendly online portal, where customers can place their orders. Comarch M2M Platform supports revenue share models and allows you to raise invoices to end users on behalf of your customer, automatically. Take your M2M business to a new level with Comarch M2M Platform.

BBWF 2016 – Luis Torres from Methode Electronics

Luis Torres, Chief Technologist for Optical Products for Methode Electronics at Broadband World Forum 2016 discusses how Methode is bringing its experience in the Data Centre industry with pluggable SFP solutions to the world of broadband access.

BBWF 2016 – Brian Metzger, VP Global Marketing at Nominum

Brian Metzger, VP Global Marketing for Nominum talks at Broadband World Forum 2016 about how CSPs can end the digital transformation paradox, finally capitalizing on revenues generated by the digital economy which they are responsible for creating.

BBWF 2016 – Jim Hunter, Chief Scientist at Greenwave

Jim Hunter, Chief Scientist at Greenwave talks at Broadband World Forum 2016 about how to find value in the growing segment of IoT by using analytics on raw data to provide actionable insight to save money, deliver improved customer experiences and open up new revenue channels.

BBWF 2016 – AirTies’ Philippe Alcaras and Waoo’s Peter Bernard Kummerfeldt

AirTies’ Philippe Alcaras and Waoo’s Peter Bernard Kummerfeldt at Broadband World Forum 2016 discuss how implementing wifi-mesh technologies can extend wifi coverage throughout the home and open new revenue channels. As customers now consume media everywhere in the home, ensuring seamless connectivity is important to delivering expected customer experience.

Huawei OTF 2016 – Ed Barton, TV Practice Leader at Ovum

The leader of analyst firm Ovum’s TV practice, Ed Barton, gives us an overview of the TV market opportunity for operators. The transformation in the way we consume TV and video entertainment has created a number of openings including pay TV, new multiplay components and the opportunity to become video service providers, but operators need to adapt to meet these needs.

The Telecoms.com Podcast – Technology Top Trumps

This week Tim and Jamie are left to their own devices so go off on one about what happened over in America last week. Politics aside the podders muse over what Trump’s surprise Presidential Election victory will mean for technology industries. They cover the principal areas of Trump’s policy, and whether the telecoms market will be affected as a result; followed by a bit of conspiracy-generation over whether Google knew Trump and Brexit was going to happen. Finally, they wrap up by asking whether bio-modification in the form of wireless chips can cure paralysis.

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