Archives: Interviews

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.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Drinking with CEOs

Scott is struggling in this episode, having been led astray by Ericsson’s PR team the previous evening, but he holds it together long enough to compare notes with Ray about their chat with Ericsson CEO Börje Ekholm. Leaving Ray to his Rubik’s Cube, Jamie decides to join in to tell us all about how Iliad is disrupting the Italian mobile market. Then, inspired by his puzzling success, Ray treats us to a look at blockchain in telecoms to finish things off.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: It’s coming home

Iain kicks off this week with tales from Transylvania, which he recently visited to hear about all the cool things Orange Romania is working on with 5G such as fixed wireless access and smart cities. Scott then moves on to chapter 11 of the ZTE saga, in which the fraught Chinese kit vendor seems to have been offered a lifeline of sorts from by the US. The guys then move on to the content side of things and pray AT&T doesn’t ruin HBO, before concluding with a tangential review the World Cup and Wimbledon.

Exfo and Zain KSA discuss their service assurance partnership

Operator Zain KSA has a long term partnership with vendor Exfo in the area of service assurance. In this interview Alaa Khreisat of Zain KSA gives us the thinking behind the partnership and Eric Van Haetsdaele of Exfo details some of the unique features of his company’s service assurance offering.

Virtualization of the RAN is a key part of the move to 5G

To deploy 5G operators need to re-think how they will re-architect the network for key parameters such as latency, service quality and cost reduction. Architectures such as Cloud RAN enable major cost reductions saving mobile operators 49 percent in capital costs and 31 percent in annual operating costs, compared to traditional RAN implementations. To be successful, operators must deliver more profitable strategies moving forward. Now is the time for operators to look toward virtualization, Cloud RAN, and other associated technologies to improve their bottom line by developing their end-to-end network capabilities. Mavenir offers solutions to help mobile operators transform network economics through cost savings, revenue-generating services and revenue protection capabilities.

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