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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.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: JEDI, Huawei and Myanmar

Ahead of a massive weekend for sport and Scott’s marriage, the guys brave central London once more. They start by discussing JEDI – a US government public cloud project that has been complicated by having hardly any choice of vendor. They move on to the ongoing US attempt to extradite Huawei’s CFO from Canada and conclude with the unique circumstances in Myanmar that have forced Telenor to flee.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: MWC, public cloud and OpenRAN

The guys reflect on what it was like to not attend the recent attenuated Mobile World Congress, which took place last week despite having all the odds stacked against it. One of the apparent highlights was a special zone dedicated to the public cloud, so they move onto discuss the latest development in that scene, before concluding with recent OpenRAN news.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Nokia, roaming and Ofcom censorship

The guys are giving Mobile World Congress 2021 a miss due to all the associated Covid hassle, so they try to assuage their FOMO with some vaguely Spanish refreshments from Tesco. They start by reviewing the recent reboot of Nokia’s 5G portfolio, which Iain reckons is a big deal. They move on to EE’s contentious decision to start charging its customers for data roaming in Europe and conclude with a look at a new UK law that would allow Ofcom to censor digital speech.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Vodafone, Euro 5G and G7 vs China

The lads cunningly record this one the day before the UK was struck by a monsoon. They start by reviewing a big week for Vodafone, which brought them into contact with a former podcast regular. They move on to discuss Ericsson’s conclusion that Europe is dropping the ball on 5G before concluding with a look at recent moves by western countries to gang up on China over the tech industry.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: OpenRAN, Altice and public cloud

The guys battle through a self-imposed beer shortage to bring you this week’s pod. They start with Iain’s deep dive into the OpenRAN vendor environment, which is looking less open by the day. They move on to the decision by Altice to buy a big chunk of BT before concluding by contemplating what a global internet outage says about our reliance on the public cloud.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Automation, Harmony OS and US trade policy

The lads lament the late spring weather but resolve to go out after recording the pod regardless. They start by looking at automation, specifically as it affects headcount among major operators. They move on to the launch of Huawei’s HarmonyOS Android alternative and discuss how likely it is to succeed, before concluding with a critique of America’s increasingly heavy handed approach to trade.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Huawei, censorship and OpenRAN

The guys are reduced to drinking water this week as adulthood finally catches up with them. They start by discussing a leaked Huawei internal memo that seemed to indicate a more belligerent stance. They move on to Scott’s pet topic of censorship, with social media companies competing with governments to see who can restrict speech more, before concluding with Iain’s critique of regulators poking their nose into OpenRAN.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: MWC 2021, WarnerMedia and profitability

Our intrepid podders brave the rubbish London spring to bring you their distinctive brand of half-cut telecoms banter. They start by mulling the pros and cons of the delayed Mobile World Congress 2011, which is due to take place in a month. They move on to reflect on AT&T’s very expensive and ultimately failed foray into content before concluding by asking whether we should stop expecting telos to make much profit.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Rakuten, Ericsson China and 5G delivery

The guys start this episode of the pod by addressing some public criticism of their work, before getting on with the main event. They start by reviewing Rakuten’s recent earnings, which were sobering for investors, before moving on to the latest potential escalation of the China-versus-the West tension. They conclude with a look at a report that reveals consumers aren’t too impressed so far.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: chip drought, public cloud and Italy

The podders were on a hard cut-off this week as Scott had a booking at their local. In a globalisation-themed episode they start by revisiting the semiconductor shortage and its knock-on effects. They move on to examine yet another example of a telco turning to a public cloud giant to sort its life out before concluding with a look at Italy’s faltering attempts to consolidate its fixed-line market.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Nokia, content M&A and satellites

Scott shrugged off the side-effects of the Rona vaccine to stagger into the studio this week. He and Iain start by reviewing more quarterly numbers, especially Nokia’s. They move on to look at the pros and cons of operators dabbling in the content world, before concluding with a review of the booming Low Earth Orbit satellite market.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: OpenRAN, quarterlies and AI

Iain and Scott retreat from springtime London to bring you another dose of telecoms chit-chat. They start with the latest on the hot topic of OpenRAN, including Dish going all-in with AWS. Quarterlies season is in full flow, so they move on to look at Ericsson’s before concluding with a review of the latest thinking around the regulation of artificial intelligence.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: vendor diversity, Huawei and Virgin/O2 merger

The boys are back in town as they record the first pod from the studio this year. They celebrate by discussing the UK telecoms diversity taskforce, which has called for more diversity. Some things never change and they follow that with the inevitable Huawei segment before concluding with a look at the UK merger between Virgin Media and O2, which has just been approved.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: MWC, OpenRAN and regulation

On what could possibly be the last ever remote pod, Ian and Scott start by mulling whether the partial restoration of our civil liberties will be enough to rescue the Mobile World Congress event. They move on to look at the viability of Open RAN, especially from a Huawei perspective, and conclude with a review of some recent developments in the regulation of Big Tech.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Huawei, RCS and chips

There’s a longer gap between recording and publication this week coz of Easter. Iain and Scott start by reviewing Huawei’s 2020 annual report and what that tells us about the health of the company. They move on to RCS (Rich Communication Service), to mull whether it will ever be a thing, and conclude with another look at the chip industry, which grows in importance by the day.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: semiconductors, 6G and social media

It’s all about geopolitics this week as Iain and Scott enjoy their good fortune at the telecoms industry being such a strategic focus these days. They start with an update on the global semiconductor industry, which is feeling the strain from the trade war between the US and China. The nascent 6G standard is then discussed in the context of similar Balkanising pressures before they conclude with a review of US political posturing over social media censorship.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Nokia, patents and spectrum auctions

Scott and Iain kick off this week with a look at Nokia, which recently announced a cunning plan to out-grow the market by cutting thousands of jobs. They move on to wonder why Huawei recently decided to bang on about patents and intellectual property before concluding with a review of the recent UK spectrum auction and a bonus chat about net neutrality.

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