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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.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: MWC, Huawei and state subsidies

It was déjà vu all over again this week as Ericsson and Nokia pulled out of the rescheduled Mobile World Congress 2021, to Iain and Scott start by looking at what this means for the show. They move on to an update on the legal and regulatory circus that surrounds Chinese kit vendor Huawei before concluding by discussing the pros and cons of throwing public money at private enterprise.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: trade press, telco economics and Apple

This week’s pod features an unprecedented remote guest. Paul Nolan from CC Group joins Iain and Scott to talk about a new study his company has done that concluded telecoms trade press is great. They move on to examine the broader economic trends in the industry, with a focus on a wave of redundancies, before concluding with a look at the growing antitrust pressure faced by Apple.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: mid-band 5G, US politics and patents

Pausing only to fantasise about what they’ll get up to once the lockdown lifts, Scott and Iain quickly get out of their depth discussing the technical pros and cons of mid-band 5G spectrum. Continuing to throw caution to the wind they wade into the murky world of US politics before concluding with a look at whether it matters who holds the most patents.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: tech monopolies, cloud and Huawei

The guys are delighted to have a new Bribe of the Week to announce on this week’s pod, which helps the conversation flow. They start by reviewing the growing menace of US tech giants, who operate near monopolies in many markets. That leads them on to the state of the European tech industry, especially from a cloudy perspective, before a review of the latest shenanigans from Huawei.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Broadband, Huawei and chips

Global geopolitics dominates this week’s pod, with Iain and Scott starting by discussing the overlooked fact that Chinese vendors are even more prominent in the fixed line telecoms market than they are in mobile. This topic wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Huawei, so they move on to a recent media briefing offered by its founder, before reviewing the global semiconductor drought and concluding, once more, with a Scott pet peeve.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Nokia, UK 5G and Vodafone

With earnings season still well underway Iain and Scott start by reviewing Nokia’s numbers, which point to another lean year for its long-suffering investors. UK Parliament increasingly fancies its own chances in the telecoms sector and the guys move on to dissect its latest round of top tips, before concluding with a look at how Vodafone is managing to muddle along despite having no MPs in its executive team.

Huawei’s Jack Wang reflects on winning a Glotel award

At the recent Global Telecoms Awards, Huawei won the Project Delivery Perfection category for its work with partner with Sunrise Communications on optimizing its 5G network. In this video Jack Wang, President of Service and Software Marketing & Solution Department at Huawei, reflects on the special qualities of the project that contributed to it winning the award.

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