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The Telecoms.com Podcast: Ericsson, Orange and eco masts

There’s a downbeat start to this week’s pod as Scott battles the elements, infirmity, and portentous news. The Hazy Jane soon works its magic, however and they commence with a look at Ericsson’s biggest ever acquisition. Operator boardroom shenanigans provide the next topic before they conclude with a look at Vodafone’s bid to free itself from the electrical grid.

Global Telecoms Awards 2021 winners event

Once more, exceptional circumstances prevented us from hosting a live Glotel Awards event this year. Instead Telecoms.com Editor Scott Bicheno invited comedian Geoff Norcott into the studio to talk telecoms and announce the winners on video. The event was first broadcast on the afternoon of 23 November 2021 and this is the recording of it. We hope you’ll enjoy it and look forward to hopefully returning to the live format next year.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: OpenRAN, Ericsson and retail tech

Scott embarks on his second recording of the day, having shot the Glotel Awards vid previously. The lads are compelled to lead with OpenRAN once more, because that’s what was going on again that week, specifically European operators using it as a pretext to beg for state cash. They move on to talk about Ericsson, which launched some software that promises to play nice with OpenRAN before concluding with a look at cashierless technology that is creeping into the UK retail sector.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: OpenRAN, broadband and Google

Both the lads are a bit worse for wear after a proper session with BT the previous day. They start by reviewing the professional pretext for the sesh, which was to talk OpenRAN, as was Iain’s trip to Paris the day before that. UK fibre once more made the news this week, but the middle segment was rebranded ‘broadband’ to avoid repetition, and they conclude with a look at how Google’s legal team fared recently.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Huawei, fibre and C-band

Just Scott and Iain this week as the pod’s run of special guests runs dry for now. They start by taking a more in-depth look at the current state of play at Huawei, especially its consumer division and fixed-line fortunes. The latter topic leads to a broader discussion of the current state of play in the fibre market, before they conclude with a look at a strange story concerning C-band spectrum in the US.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: 5G, Meta and quarterlies

The crew is delighted to welcome another special guest in telecoms analyst Dean Bubley. After a ridiculously long introduction they finally get to the topic of 5G, specifically sorting the hype from the reality. Facebook recently decided to rename itself Meta, so they move on to discuss that and the concept pf the metaverse that it refers to, before concluding with a couple of highlights from quarterly earnings season.

CXO Dialogue: Lead Digital Transformation in Africa with Platform Stickiness

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The Telecoms.com Podcast: Vodafone, public cloud and China

The lads are back in the studio for this guest-less pod. Ian and Scott start by reflecting on a Vodafone dinner they both attended last week where the wine flowed, so their recollections are a bit murky. They move on to the enduring topic of the public cloud, featuring some news from a recent podcast guest, and conclude with the latest drama concerning China’s role in the telecoms world.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: BBWF, mmWave and Google Cloud

In this special episode, recorded on-site at Broadband World Forum 2021, the pod welcomes special guest Dario Talmesio, an Analyst at Omdia. They start by reflecting on the key talking points at the show, including an accelerated move towards fibre and digital transformation apparently catalysed by the pandemic, before moving on to Nokia’s claimed millimetre wave breakthrough and Google’s recent cloud announcements.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: China Mobile, Orange and Facebook

We’ve run out of guests for the time being so you’re just stuck with boring old Scott and Iain. They start by reviewing the latest 5G tender from China Mobile and what it might mean for the future of the global telecoms industry. Orange had a strategy day earlier in the week, which they both attended, so them move on to review that before concluded with the latest dramas around Facebook.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Public cloud, China and devices

We are delighted to welcome another special guest this week – public cloud evangelist Danielle Royston. She had heard us slagging off the public cloud in previous pods and was keen to offer a more benign perspective. That chat took up nearly all of the pod but we did eventually get around to quickly covering the latest developments concerning China vs the US and internet companies getting into consumer devices.

Why 5G makes good sense for industry

In this video, sponsored by Huawei, Andy Ward, Chief Technology Officer at Ubisense, explains how ‘Industry 4.0’ sensoring technology can change the way factories and production lines operate, tapping into the 5G wireless connectivity to make them more efficient and safer.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Communications, Vodafone and radios

The pod is delighted to welcome a guest this week – Elena Davidson, CEO of Liberty Communications. Accordingly they start by talking about PR and comms, including the apparent evaporation of entertainment budgets, before analysing a recent attempt by Facebook to communicate with the outside world. They move on to reflect on recent conversations with Vodafone UK’s head of networks before concluding with a look at the radio weight arms race.

A conversation with Andrea Dona, Chief Network Officer at Vodafone UK

We caught up with Andrea Dona, Chief Network Officer at Vodafone UK, after his keynote at 5G World 2021 to ask what he means when he talks about the intersection of technologies driving the telecoms sector. We also spoke about the prospects for 5G and what new things it will eventually enable us to do.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: 6G, OpenRAN and big tech

No guest this week which just means more stream-of-consciousness dribble from the regulars. They start by discussing Huawei’s decision to publish a book on 6G and what the underlying message may be. They move on to discuss the difficulties faced by the O-RAN Alliance when some of its members aren’t allowed to hang out with each other and conclude with a look at the increasing overlap between big tech and big politics.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Satellites, roaming and devices

The pod welcomes returning special guest Mary Clark, a telecoms industry exec currently between gigs, this week. She starts by telling us what she’s been up to, including work with a ‘proper’ satellite-to-handset company and the Thames Estuary Growth Board. They move on to reflect on Three UK’s decision to start charging for roaming, which is especially bad news for producer Pierre, before concluding with a quick look at recent device launches by internet giants.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Vodafone, 6G and AWS

After taking the whole of August off in classic Gallic style, Iain, Scott and Pierre roar back into the studio. They start by reflecting on the physical event they’ve attended since the start of the pandemic, at which beers were provided by Vodafone. They move on to examine the increasing prospect of the 6G standard being split due to the US and China’s inability to stop messing with each other and conclude with the latest concerns about relinquishing control to the public cloud.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: China Mobile, dumb pipes and bugbears

Cherish this one because it will be the last pod for a few weeks, as the lads attempt to holiday in the time of Covid. They start with a review of China Mobile’s recent tender process for a bunch of 5G work, which resulted in non-Chinese vendors getting just a 6% share. They move on to the eternal topic of telcos as dumb pipes, examining what hope there is for them ever to be otherwise, and conclude with Scott and Iain having a rant about some of their current bugbears.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: BT/EE, Ericsson and net neutrality

The guys sacrifice an afternoon in the sun to sit in a dark studio and pod just for you, dear listener. They start by reflecting on a virtual press event held by BT/EE and try to work out what the point of it was. They move on to review Ericsson’s latest quarterly earnings, which took a hit from a downturn in China, and conclude with another go at the eternal debate around net neutrality.

Combo PON OLTs are Here Now: Radisys Offers Next Gen Solutions for Agile, Programmable and Innovative FTTx Networks

Telecoms.com Editorial Director Scott Bicheno recently spoke with Rajesh Chundury, Vice President – Customer Solutions at Radisys about the introduction of their Combo PON OLT, which supports G-PON and XGS-PON within the same OLT PON port. In this interview Rajesh discusses how white-box Combo PON OLTs allow broadband providers to take advantage of pervasive G-PON technology while giving them a flexible upgrade path to scale up and rollout XGS-PON deployments without costly rip and replace. The Radisys Combo PON OLT is an open, disaggregated, flexible and highly scalable telco-grade cloud native broadband access platform designed to address key service providers’ needs. Watch the interview to learn about the advantages of this hardware option.

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