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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.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: 5G race, coronavirus and optical

No Jamie this week so Iain and Scott are joined by Ray from Light Reading, on what may well be his last ever appearance on the pod. They start by reviewing Iain’s investigation into the competing claims of 5G leadership among the big kit vendors. In a week in which the coronavirus outbreak was upgraded to a pandemic, they move on to discuss how it’s affecting the business world and then conclude with a look at how optical networks are now arguably more important than ever.

The impact of 5G on the secondary device market

Not only will 2020 see a huge number of 5G smartphone upgrades, it will also see hundreds of millions of used device trade-ins. In this interview, Alan Bentley, President, Global Strategy at Blancco will reflect on the extent of the used device deluge facing operators, OEMs and third party logistics providers in 2020 and the steps they must take to guarantee the best possible user experience and preserve data integrity.

F-Secure: Identity Theft Prevention

Tom Gaffney from F-Secure talks us through the phenomenon of Account Takeover, and its big brother, full blown ID Theft, why Europe is only now catching up with North America where such protection services have been mainstream for years, and why many of those existing ID Protection offerings out there are not as complete as we’d like to think. Find out more on www.f-secure.com/identity-protection

F-Secure: Connected Home Security

We’re all aware that the number of IoT devices in homes is increasing exponentially, from Smart speakers to connected cameras, and some of those things we already take for granted, like Smart TVs and Playstations, while simultaneously the debate around securing personal data in such a connected home is still raging. Steven talks about the risks and threats, and comes up with a surprisingly simple way for Operators to solve this conundrum at a stroke. Check out the interview and read more at www.f-secure.com/connected-home-security

The Telecoms.com Podcast: MWC fallout, CEO departures and satellites

Scott and Jamie are joined by returning special guest Paul Nolan from CC Group PR. They start by reviewing the business implications of the cancellation of MWC 2020 and what it might mean for future events. It was a tough week for telecoms industry CEOs and they move on to reflect on a couple of casualties, before concluding with a look at the growing interest in using satellites for mobile connectivity.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Nokia, ZTE and telecoms investment

The core team remained healthy enough for one more week to manage another pod. Presciently they start by discussing Nokia, which has plenty of stuff going on with it these days. They move on to ZTE, which is on the up thanks in part to taking Chinese market share from Nokia and conclude with a look at the investment climate around fixed-line infrastructure.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Huawei, coronavirus and Deutsche Telekom

The usual crew overcome various degrees of incapacitation to drag themselves into the studio this week. They start with a review of Huawei’s recent event in London that was originally intended as an MWC preview. They move on to other things the coronavirus outbreak has ruined, before concluding with a look at how Deutsche Telekom is doing.

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