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The Telecoms.com Podcast: Neutral host, small cells and state intervention

In this final episode before everyone clears off for their summer holidays, the pod is delighted to welcome special guest Mike Ferris – Chief Network Architect of Dense Air. They start by exploring the concept of neutral host infrastructure and how that could provide the solution to a lot of the coverage challenges presented by 5G. That will involve the rollout of a lot of small cells, so they move on to discuss how that is best done, before concluding with a look at the pros and cons of state intervention in telecoms.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Ericsson, BT and Nothing

Pausing only to reflect on some Twitter banter with a former guest, the guys start by reflecting on Ericsson’s latest earnings and the market reaction to them, which they agree seemed a bit harsh. They move on to examine BT’s decision to become a bit less British, at least when it comes to its hiring decisions, before concluding with a look at the new phone launched by supposedly disruptive brand Nothing.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: cloud, TIM and censorship

No guest but a refurbished studio this week as Iain bravely overcomes the effects of a long sesh the previous day. They start by reflecting on a few recent telecoms cloud stories, including the ongoing AI partnership between Vodafone and Google, and consider the pros and cons of such things. Italian operator group TIM keeps trying to reinvent itself, so they review that process, before concluding with a look at the latest attempts at digital censorship by the UK state.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Core, public cloud and supply chain

Following a slight delay to accommodate their hectic social lives, the lads are delighted to once more welcome a special guest – Erlend Prestgard, CEO of Working Group 2. They start by learning all about his company, which seeks to disrupt the network core sector via the ‘as a service’ model. This inevitably leads the conversation towards the role of public cloud giants in the telecoms world, before they conclude with a quick look at some of the supply chain challenges faced by the industry.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Giganet, edge and India

Our run of special guests continues as we’re delighted to welcome Jarlath Finnegan, CEO of UK fibreco Giganet. Jarlath treated the whole pod team to a selection of Irish whiskies so, before finding out all about Giganet and the UK fibre market they were compelled to have a taste of all of them. They eventually meander onto a recent mobile edge event that Iain attended before concluding with the latest on the chaotic Indian telecoms scene.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: 5G, IoT and Huawei

We are delighted to welcome special guest William Webb back to the pod but decide to start by putting him on the spot over hist historical telecoms predictions, to see how many he got right. Eventually we give him a break and move on to news Vodafone snuck under the radar about spinning off its IoT unit, before reviewing Huawei’s latest attempt at reconciliation with the West.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: 5G, telco M&A and Nokia

The guys are delighted to welcome special guest Dario Talmesio back to the pod. Dario is research director for service provider strategy at Omdia, which means he knows a lot about the mobile business, so they start by reviewing the current state of play with 5G. Before long they meander onto various other telecoms industry talking points, before concluding by hearing about Iain’s chat with Nokia’s head of mobile networks.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Rakuten Mobile, Big 5G Event and Ericsson

The lads are delighted to welcome special guest Geoff Hollingworth, CMO of Rakuten Symphony, this week. Unsurprisingly they start by discussing all things Rakuten, including its entry into mobile and the creation of Symphony. Everyone on the pod except Scott was at the Big 5G Event in the US last week so they move on to a review of that, before finishing with a quick look at the latest Ericsson news.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: BT Sport, mmWave and Russia

No guest this week but we do have a special member of the audience this as the Telecoms.com empire continues to grow. The guys start by looking at BT’s latest attempt to rescue its sport division and what that says about telcos betting on content. They move on to ponder the matter of how useful millimetre wave spectrum is before concluding with a look at the effect Russia sanctions are having on the industry.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Adtran, optical and the fibre market

Time discipline is restored this week by the presence of another grown-up guest and the absence of beer. We’re delighted to welcome Ronan Kelly, CTO of Adtran, and get straight into his day job that focuses on fixed-line networking kit. This inevitably leads to an exploration of the arcane world of optical technology and concludes with a look at the current state of play of the global fibre market.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Twitter, Nokia and the edge

All pretence at time discipline is abandoned this week as the lads break the two-hour mark despite not even having a guest. The main reason for this is the decision to lead with Twitter, which opens up several other cans of worms. They eventually move on to Nokia, which recently announced its latest numbers, and conclude by trying to work out what the point of edge computing is.

Interview with Julia Lopez MP

In partnership with the Open RAN World event, Telecoms.com interviewed Julia Lopez MP, who is also the Minister of State for Media, Data, and Digital Infrastructure. The conversation focused on the UK government’s role in supporting and catalysing the domestic Open RAN market, as well as public policy regarding telecoms infrastructure in general.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: BT, 5G and streaming

The lads are delighted to welcome special guest Neil McRae to the pod this week, who is no less than the Chief Architect for BT. They start by exploring what such a grown-up job title entails, in the process learning a fair bit about what makes BT tick from a strategic point of view. That naturally leads onto topics like Open RAN and 5G, including concerns about the latter not being all its cracked up to be, before they conclude with a look at difficulties faced by some major streaming services.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Ericsson, M&A and Twitter

Both Iain and Scott were carrying bugs when this was recorded but it will take more than that to keep them from their podding duties. They start by reflecting on Ericsson’s quarterly earnings announcement, specifically concerning the trouble the company is in regarding its historical activities in Iraq. Rumours of a Vodafone UK acquisition yield a chat about telco M&A before they conclude with the then breaking news of Elon Musk bidding to buy the whole of Twitter.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: 5G NR, backhaul and metaverse

Scott manages to limp in for an episode with just Iain and, of course, Pierre this week. They start by devoting a whole segment to 5G New Radio, questioning whether it’s all it’s cracked up to be. They move on to the often overlooked matter of backhaul and what it means for one operator to be dependent on another for that sort of thing, before concluding with a look at plans to develop a metaverse for kids.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: decentralization, deglobalization and Huawei

We’re delighted to welcome special guest Maria Lema of Weaver Labs this week. Maria’s company develops software designed to decentralize the whole process of accessing network services, using some of the principles and technologies associated with the evolution of Web3, which prompts lots of conversational tangents. They eventually get around to a couple of items from the week’s news, specifically the affect of the use of sanctions on globalization and Huawei’s recent annual report.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Russia, T-Mobile US and nothing

Iain was knackered after a half marathon when we recorded this pod as was Pierre’s audio mixer, which gave up an hour or so into the recording. Nonetheless the lads manage to open with another look at the Russia/Ukraine conflict as it affects the telecoms business, before moving on to discuss the latest update from T-Mobile US. The final segment would have been called Nothing, appropriately, but you’ll never know what we said.

5G – where were we 5 years ago and where are we today? Enrico Salvatori, Qualcomm, talks about an important moment for the role of digital in the new design of automotive technologies

5G, combined with AI, will be transformative in many industry sectors, but one area adopting this kind of technology particularly rapidly is automotive. Qualcomm aims to deliver in the three domains of digital chassis – connectivity and telematics, cockpit technology and autonomous design and thus enable the optimisation of performance. Expanding the parameters of connectivity is today’s reality and dramatically improves the user experience, ensuring consumers can get the same experience inside their car that they do on their smartphone. This will be the next step forward.

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