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The Telecoms.com Podcast: A little ray of sunshine

This week’s pod had to battle the odds to take place at all, with Jamie and Iain both on holiday and Telecoms Towers undergoing refurbishment, but Ray from Light Reading found a window in his hectic schedule to keep Scott company. First we heard about Ray’s trip to sunny Valencia to learn all about the state of European fibre. He expressed frustration at the apparent lack of urgency in building fibre to the building as it’s as important piece of infrastructure as any and the potential returns on investment are considerable. Then Scott explores a move that definitely hasn’t yielded any ROI as Nokia looks to move out of the digital health business only a couple of years after buying Withings for its expertise in that area. They finish with a reminder to make sure you download our MWC 2018 preview special before you fly out to Barcelona.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Let’s get digital

Scott and Jamie are joined by special guest Paul Nolan from PR agency CC Group, who tells us about a bit of research his company commissioned into how operators are going about the macro trend that is digital transformation and what vendors are doing to help them. Spoiler alert – it’s complicated. Scott tells us about his week in San Diego with Qualcomm, hearing all about the wonders of 5G and definitely not talking about all the other dramas Qualcomm is currently involved in. Lastly Jamie expresses his surprise that Twitter has managed to make a profit for once and can’t resist flirting with Scott.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Money, Money, Money

This week, Scott and Jamie welcome back Iain ‘sicknote’ Morris to get knee-deep in the barrage of quarterly financials. In the UK, BT has wobbly through the three months like a bland jelly, Nokia and Ericsson contemplate life in the spending drought, while the technology giants suck up profits like a demonic Henry the Hoover. We also have a go at guessing what Apple might spent the billions it has stashed away in the bank…

The Telecoms,com Podcast: The man in the street

Iain called a sickie this week so we drafted in Trystan, otherwise known as the man in the street, to give us a different perspective on all the stuff we bang on about. Jamie kicks things off with a look at increasing calls for transparency and what this says about the breakdown of trust, but they soon go off on a general social media tangent. Scott eventually moves things along to the US/China tensions and what this might mean for big US chip players, but slips in an Orange content tangent. They conclude with a quick trip to Amazon Go, which is using mobile technology to make the retail cashier redundant.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Around the world in 45 minutes

The usual suspects attempt to circumnavigate the globe from the comfort of their studio. Iain, Jamie and Scott start by taking a look at the UK broadband scene, where we’re increasingly looking for more fibre in our diets but we’re still not sure why. Moving on to Germany Iain claims a little scoopette with the revelation that Deutsche Telekom has had a cabinet reshuffle and gets to show off his awesome German pronunciation skills. On the other side of the pond the US seems to be getting increasingly paranoid about Chinese telecoms companies and the team concludes its journey in the Nordic region, where Nokia and Ericsson are determined to take business from each other.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Raising your voice

Scott’s finally decided to do some work in 2018 and is joined by Jamie (and his many donuts) and Iain from Light Reading. They start with a review of CES – the first big tech show of the year – and its obsession with voice-driven smart speakers. They move on to the hot topic of social media censorship and, between donuts, Jamie seems to think Scott should be censored for starters, followed by government ministers tweeting about their days out instead of running the country. The team concludes with an Iain rant about 5G, for old time’s sake, which looks set to drown out all other conversation at MWC this year.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: We care a lot

After an extended Christmas break, from which Scott has yet to emerge, Jamie drafts in Iain from Light Reading and Jesse from TBI to take an early look at what we should care about, or not, in 2018. They start by trying to care about net neutrality and largely fail to do so, but they do manage to care a bit more about the prospect of Apple buying Netflix. With a heavy heart the team concludes with 5G, which they feel compelled to at least pretend they care about, except Jesse, who makes no attempt to mask his indifference.

Kontron on SDN in developing markets

Kontron’s Luc-Yves Pagal Vinette discusses Software-Defined Networking (SDN) in developing markets and how Kontron is facilitating a fast transformation to SDN/NFV for service providers in Africa.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: 5G special

Having taken an extra week to get over the GloTel Awards, Scott and Jamie are back with a brand new special guest. William Webb is a wireless industry consultant and author and has some strong views on all the hype around 5G, so we thought we’d focus on that topic for the whole pod. Jamie reflects on some sceptical vibes coming from operators around 5G, while William asks what took them so long to speak up. They conclude IoT is likely to be the most useful 5G feature in the mid-term and finish off with some utopian predictions.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Everyone’s a winner

This special edition of the Telecoms.com podcast is brought to you from the Global Telecoms Awards because nobody felt like coming into the office the next day. Scott, Ray, Jamie and Iain all reflect on a top night out, with Scott trying to nip his hangover in the bud with a bottle of bubbly he nicked off another table. Earlier in the week Vodafone tried something a bit different with its tariffs, but Iain wasn’t impressed, preferring instead to bang on about Ericsson’s lofty 5G claims.

Improving In-Home Wi-Fi with AirTies Managed Mesh

In this video, hear how service providers are adopting in-home Wi-Fi Mesh to improve the customer experience. One of the latest innovations discussed is the use of a cloud-based platform to remotely view and manage in-home Wi-Fi performance with AirTies Remote Manager. In addition, hear why service providers should not cede new Wi-Fi opportunities to the retail market, and how premium Wi-Fi can be used to differentiate and increase subscriber revenue.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: High fibre diet

Having been abandoned a week ago Scott is once more joined by Jamie and Iain. They start by recapping the recent Broadband World Forum event in Berlin, which was attended by Iain and Scott, the latter being reminded how little he knows about fixed line networking. Meanwhile we’re in the middle of the Q3 earnings season and the big US tech giants are raking it in once more. On the back of that they mull over the power of the big internet brands and wonder which other industries they might yet disrupt.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Game of phones

This week we welcome guest podder Jesse from TV business title TBI to talk about how video content is distributed and monetized, and what lesson the telecoms world can learn in its apparent desperation to move in that direction. Jamie is back from his latest travels and brings us news of what was discussed at the Nordic Digital Business Summit. We conclude by reviewing some of the week’s corporate dramas, with Hollywood even managing to put itself in the spotlight on that front too.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Up to no good

The Light Reading sandwich makes appearance once more as Scott is joined by Ray and Iain. They start by arguing the toss over whether ISPs should be allowed to sell broadband on the basis of ‘up to’ a maximum speed that is rarely achieved, which leads to a showdown between the LR lads. Moving further afield, they reflect on the turmoil in the Indian telecoms market caused by the disruptive entry of Reliance Jio and then move on to the growing need to automate a lot of network management. To finish, the guys reflect on their favourite cocktails and conclude Iain may need to revise the way he orders his.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Talking turmoil

Our team of talkative telecoms trouble-makers turn their sceptical gaze onto the turmoil at the top of TIM this week, where Vivendi is exercising far more control than its 24% shareholding would seem to allow. Later they wrestle with the many challenges surrounding the smart home, which in Scott’s case includes even being able to say it properly. Lastly the guys tackle the age-old question of how operators can best move with the times and ask whether they’re even capable of change.

The Telecoms.com podcast: Capital punishment

Jamie’s back and he, Scott and Iain from Light Reading discuss the decision to kick Uber out of London, which threatens to make going out on the piss until the small hours significantly more expensive in the capital. Meanwhile Deutsche Telekom has launched an offensive on the content market as the two worlds increasingly collide. Lastly the team have a look at Google’s latest smartphone move, which involves grabbing the cream of HTC’s engineering talent, and wonder what this means for the future of HTC.

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