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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.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: That’s a fact, Jack

It’s just Iain and Scott this week, with Jamie Shanghaied in China at their equivalent of MWC. They start by toasting a Light Reading report from the show in which the Huawei CEO had a pop at a US senator, precipitating a social media war. They then nip over to the smartphone world, where Scott has been mucking about with a few of the latest ones to work out which he should buy next. For a night-cap they conclude with a look at TIM/Telecom Italia, where the CEO has been moaning about his own board.

5G adoption fast changing legacy trends and services

Aricent had recently participated in 5G world and was part of a panel discussion explaining how use cases of 5G will help monetize networks. Aricent explained later how 5G affects the hardware and software for New radios and antennas. Virtualization of core is coming with 4G leading path for 5G. Use cases are the major driving factors for 5G. 3GPP specifications are now available for non stand alone and recently frozen for stand alone as well. This will further drive 5G adoption.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Social skills

There’s a cosmopolitan theme to the pod this week with Scott reflecting on his trip to Stockholm to hang out with Ericsson and Jamie looking forward with some trepidation to breakfast in China. We also hear about a recent Connected Britain event from guest podder Shannon, who also fuels a massive tangent about the pros and cons of social media. Iain ruins the jaunty mood by lamenting the continuing attrition of jobs among the world’s operators.

Three on network problems, solutions and ambitions…

Phil Sheppard, Director of Network Strategy at Three UK, talks to Jamie about bringing the network up to scratch, reinforcing its position in the 4G market and preparations for 5G deployment next year…

The Telecoms.com podcast: Live from 5G World

This week we bring you the pod live (or at least it was when we filmed it) from 5G World 2018 in London – an event that tested the stamina of our youngest team member. Scott reflects on apparent sentiment that everyone should stop moaning about 5G business cases and just get on with it, while Iain notes the downbeat current phase of the 5G hype cycle, Jamie laments a relative lack of ambition from European operators and guest podder Elliott reflects on living the 5G dream.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Corporate haircuts

Scott, Jamie and Iain ponder the significance of haircuts at the top of the corporate food chain, with the luxuriantly coiffured Gavin Patterson reaching the end of his tenure at BT and the often mulleted Hans Vestberg set to take over at Verizon. Iain and Jamie then reminisce about some swanky lunches they both attended with Vodafone and Orange, and declare a winner. Scott finishes with a look at a cheeky move by Ofcom to give UK operators a financial haircut.

Qualcomm explains the benefits of wifi mesh

Irvind Ghai, VP of Product Management at Qualcomm Technologies, discusses some of the challenges faced by many domestic wifi setups, how mesh technology can help resolve them and how this technology can also provide business benefits for CSPs.

Qualcomm discusses its recent small cell announcements

Irvind Ghai, VP of Product Management at Qualcomm Technologies, talks about the launch of a 5G New Radio small cells solution and the announcement of Qualcomm’s partnership with Facebook on its Terragraph fixed wireless project.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: GDPR SNAFU

Scott and Jamie are joined by Ray from Light Reading this week, who can barely contain his excitement at the prospect of talking about regulation. The guys reflect on the entirely predictable SNAFU that has been the first week of GDPR, before reflecting on Nokia’s more recent devices misadventures following the failed Withings experiment. Ray concludes with a look at where we are now regarding virtualization which is so authoritative that the other two wisely decide not to try to pick holes in it, preferring instead to ask about ham, egg and chips.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: More than meets the eye

The usual suspects are back after a week of globetrotting to industry trade shows. Iain and Scott reflect on their time at Digital Transformation World and discuss whether or not telcos should even bother digitally transforming themselves. At the same time Jamie was in the US at the Big Communications Event, at which he heard about how Jio is going to continue transforming the Indian market. They then move on to the transformation of ZTE from a thriving company to a dying one, and maybe back again, and conclude with the subtle transformation of Deutsche Telekom into a smaller company.

Philosophical transformation

Telecoms.com and Light Reading both attended Digital Transformation World in Nice, France and it seemed to have been one trade show too many for Scott and Iain.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Companies in crisis

Jamie leads the pod this week, fresh from and appearing on proper telly to talk about BT axing a bunch of jobs, and he is clearly still buzzing. We then move onto Iain, who hasn’t even been on YouTube this week and has instead been analysing Vodafone’s acquisition of a bunch of Liberty Global stuff. When Scott gets his turn he laments the catastrophic situation ZTE has found itself in and then finishes off with his trademark fearmongering about AI, with a focus on audio.

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