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The Telecoms.com Podcast: Huawei, broadband and ad boycott

On what may be the final remote-recorded podcast, the team decided to get the inevitable Huawei segment out of the way first this week, with a look at its dwindling prospects in the UK. They move on to review recent moves around broadband and fibre investment and conclude with a look at the growing trend towards corporate activism as expressed through a Facebook advertising boycott.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: core network, Huawei and Facebook boycott

The usual crew brave a British heatwave to struggle through another pod for you, dear listener. They start with a review of some developments around the core of the mobile network and the emerging open ecosystem. Inevitably they move on to Huawei, which continues to expand its presence in the UK, despite everything, and conclude with growing calls to boycott social media giant Facebook unless it censors its users more.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Nokia, Huawei and social media censorship

After a brief delay, the usual crew returns to give you your essential fix of telecoms banter. They start by reviewing various bits of Nokia news and what they may say about the fortunes of the company. A similar investigation follows into Huawei news, with the broader geopolitical context thrown into the mix and they conclude by discussing Scott’s bugbear of social media censorship in the light of a few recent developments.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Huawei UK, China and facial recognition

An eventful week started with Huawei communicating directly with the UK population, so the lockdown crew start by reviewing that story. They move on to the latest developments in the great geopolitical arm-wrestle between China and the US and conclude with a look at the attitude of some tech companies to how their facial recognition technology is being used.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: NEC, Balkanisation and India

Iain’s back in the team this week after a well-earned rest and he starts by explaining why NEC is in the telecoms news all of a sudden. They move on to the tech industry megatrend of Balkanisation, with countries striving for self-reliance, and conclude with an update on the Indian telecoms market.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: M&A, retail and social media

This week’s pod is a bit late because everyone is slacking off, which also means you have to settle for a dialogue between Jamie and Scott. They start by looking at how the European telecoms mergers and acquisitions market is evolving, move on to assessing the state of telecoms retail in these locked-down times and conclude with a discussion of the increased pressure being put on social media over censorship.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: 5G race, semiconductors and Rogan podcast

This week’s pod starts with the exciting news that you can now access it on Spotify too. The guys start with a look at the increasingly politicised US 5G ecosystem, with even 6G now designated a matter of national strategic importance. They move on to the Balkanisation of the semiconductor industry prompted by US sanctions and conclude with a look at disruption in the podcast world following Spotify’s poaching of the Joe Rogan Experience.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: BT, Rakuten and spectrum auctions

It’s all about the operators this week, as Jamie, Iain and Scott start by looking at rumours surrounding BT and the overall state of the company. They move on to disruptive Japanese outfit Rakuten, which is being inconvenienced by the pandemic, and conclude with a look how New Zealand is cutting its operators some slack when it comes to spectrum auctions. There’s also a brief appearance by a special guest.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: O2-Virgin, Huawei UK and contact tracing

The news was dominated by UK developments prior to the latest pod, so Scott, Jamie and Iain start with their analysis of the big operator merger news between O2 and Virgin Media. They move on to update the situation for Huawei in the UK, with its involvement in 5G networks under review, and conclude with a look at the country’s contact tracing app strategy.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Nokia, China and quarterlies

Week six of the great coronavirus lockdown and the guys’ morale is flagging. They console themselves with the fact that its earnings season and start with a look at Nokia’s numbers. That leads seamlessly on to a look at the increasingly strained relations between China and the West, before they conclude with a round up of other noteworthy quarterly numbers.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Q1 numbers, India and Open RAN

The guys videoconference once more to bring you your favourite podcast in spite of everything. They start with a look at the start of Q1 earnings season, in which Huawei and Ericsson held steady. Turmoil in the Indian telecoms market shows no sign of abating, so they move on to that, before taking a look at the latest Open RAN developments and concluding with their favourite 5G coronavirus conspiracy theories.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: 5G fires, Huawei and contact tracing

After a pause for the Easter weekend, the remote podders return to discuss the hilarious conspiracy theories forming around 5G and coronavirus. The move on to assess the renewed threats to Huawei’s international operations posed by fresh geopolitical tensions and conclude with a look at the pros and cons of using smartphones for contact tracing during the pandemic.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: China, 5G and network traffic

Week three of the lockdown pod sees the crew discussing what effect the coronavirus pandemic is having on the relationship between China, especially its telecoms companies, and the rest of the world. They move on to look at possible shifts in the balance of power with regard to 5G and conclude with a look at how the global lockdown is affecting network data traffic, including Scott’s rubbish audio quality.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: COVID blues, MWC refunds and 5G patents

The regular crew try out a new videoconferencing platform in the second week of lockdown. Inevitably they start with some COVID-19 talk, specifically its impact on business in the telecoms sector. They move on to assess the compensation offer made by GSMA to its MWC partners and conclude with a review of the latest 5G patent claims made by the big kit vendors.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: COVID-19, video and disruption

The usual crew adjusts seamlessly to the new reality by recording this week’s pod remotely. Inevitably they start by reviewing some of the adjustments the telecoms industry is having to make to the unprecedented change forced on the world by the COVID-19 pandemic. They move on to look at the video streaming sector, which is bracing itself for a spike in demand, and conclude with a look at some other industry disruption taking place, some of which hasn’t even been imposed by the crisis, believe it or not.

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