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The Telecoms.com Podcast: Consolidation, 6G and online safety

The lads start this week’s pod by looking forward to the full return of Mobile World Congress, while lamenting the amount of Covid-related aggro they will have to endure to attend. The main item for discussion is consolidation in the telecoms industry, its probability and desirability. They move on to ask whether 6G is even necessary and conclude with a look at the UK government’s desire to police online speech.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Nokia, X2 and Big Tech

The middle of quarterlies season gives the lads plenty of corporate arcana to bang on about in this week’s pod. They start by reviewing Nokia’s numbers and what they say about the progress the Finnish kit vendor is making in its strategic turnaround. Iain then takes things even deeper into the weeds by introducing a technology Scott had never heard of that could have a major impact on the OpenRAN movement, before they conclude with a look at the fortunes of US Big Tech companies and what they mean for the broader economy.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Ericsson, Sigfox and Spotify

No guest but a new studio for this week’s pod as the lads move down the road. Pausing only for customary reflections on the state of the rona, they start by dissecting Ericsson’s latest numbers and what they tell us about the company’s direction of travel. They move on to reflect on the apparent demise of IoT company Sigfox before concluding with a look at the latest attempt to censor podcaster Joe Rogan by attacking Spotify, which publishes him.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: OpenRAN, 5G C-band and metaverse

We’re delighted to welcome our first guest of the year in John Baker of Mavenir. His company is a major player in the OpenRAN scene so we spend the majority of the pod chatting about that, during which Scott and Iain challenge John to justify the hype around it. They eventually move on to look at the silliness going on in the US to do with the C-band spectrum and conclude with the latest on the metaverse, which threatens to take over our lives.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: OpenRAN, roaming and Huawei

After an extended break due to Christmas and Omicron, the lads are back in the studio. They start with an assessment of the Rona situation as we start the year and what that means for MWC. The main segments have a forward-looking feel, starting with a look at the prospects for OpenRAN and specifically Rakuten’s role in it. They move on to discuss the dilemma UK operators face regarding the reintroduction of roaming charges before concluding with a look at Huawei’s prospects.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: UK OpenRAN, public cloud and VMO2

As the shadow of Omicron lockdowns looms, only a midday G&T can save the day. Unapologetically, Iain and Scott start by discussing OpenRAN once more, this time because the UK government has been banging on about it. They move on to another favourite in the form of the public cloud, after AWS suffered an outage in the US, and conclude by drinking to Virgin Media O2’s latest achievement.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: OpenRAN, chips and big tech

Pausing only to reflect on the latest rona drama and a top night out with Huawei, the lads revert back to the hot topic of OpenRAN to kick off this week’s pod. They then move on to the semiconductor sector, which grows more central to the global economy with every passing day, before concluding with a look at the latest moan from operators for big tech to contribute to the cost of networks.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Ericsson, Orange and eco masts

There’s a downbeat start to this week’s pod as Scott battles the elements, infirmity, and portentous news. The Hazy Jane soon works its magic, however and they commence with a look at Ericsson’s biggest ever acquisition. Operator boardroom shenanigans provide the next topic before they conclude with a look at Vodafone’s bid to free itself from the electrical grid.

Global Telecoms Awards 2021 winners event

Once more, exceptional circumstances prevented us from hosting a live Glotel Awards event this year. Instead Telecoms.com Editor Scott Bicheno invited comedian Geoff Norcott into the studio to talk telecoms and announce the winners on video. The event was first broadcast on the afternoon of 23 November 2021 and this is the recording of it. We hope you’ll enjoy it and look forward to hopefully returning to the live format next year.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: OpenRAN, Ericsson and retail tech

Scott embarks on his second recording of the day, having shot the Glotel Awards vid previously. The lads are compelled to lead with OpenRAN once more, because that’s what was going on again that week, specifically European operators using it as a pretext to beg for state cash. They move on to talk about Ericsson, which launched some software that promises to play nice with OpenRAN before concluding with a look at cashierless technology that is creeping into the UK retail sector.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: OpenRAN, broadband and Google

Both the lads are a bit worse for wear after a proper session with BT the previous day. They start by reviewing the professional pretext for the sesh, which was to talk OpenRAN, as was Iain’s trip to Paris the day before that. UK fibre once more made the news this week, but the middle segment was rebranded ‘broadband’ to avoid repetition, and they conclude with a look at how Google’s legal team fared recently.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Huawei, fibre and C-band

Just Scott and Iain this week as the pod’s run of special guests runs dry for now. They start by taking a more in-depth look at the current state of play at Huawei, especially its consumer division and fixed-line fortunes. The latter topic leads to a broader discussion of the current state of play in the fibre market, before they conclude with a look at a strange story concerning C-band spectrum in the US.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: 5G, Meta and quarterlies

The crew is delighted to welcome another special guest in telecoms analyst Dean Bubley. After a ridiculously long introduction they finally get to the topic of 5G, specifically sorting the hype from the reality. Facebook recently decided to rename itself Meta, so they move on to discuss that and the concept pf the metaverse that it refers to, before concluding with a couple of highlights from quarterly earnings season.

CXO Dialogue: Lead Digital Transformation in Africa with Platform Stickiness

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The Telecoms.com Podcast: Vodafone, public cloud and China

The lads are back in the studio for this guest-less pod. Ian and Scott start by reflecting on a Vodafone dinner they both attended last week where the wine flowed, so their recollections are a bit murky. They move on to the enduring topic of the public cloud, featuring some news from a recent podcast guest, and conclude with the latest drama concerning China’s role in the telecoms world.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: BBWF, mmWave and Google Cloud

In this special episode, recorded on-site at Broadband World Forum 2021, the pod welcomes special guest Dario Talmesio, an Analyst at Omdia. They start by reflecting on the key talking points at the show, including an accelerated move towards fibre and digital transformation apparently catalysed by the pandemic, before moving on to Nokia’s claimed millimetre wave breakthrough and Google’s recent cloud announcements.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: China Mobile, Orange and Facebook

We’ve run out of guests for the time being so you’re just stuck with boring old Scott and Iain. They start by reviewing the latest 5G tender from China Mobile and what it might mean for the future of the global telecoms industry. Orange had a strategy day earlier in the week, which they both attended, so them move on to review that before concluded with the latest dramas around Facebook.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Public cloud, China and devices

We are delighted to welcome another special guest this week – public cloud evangelist Danielle Royston. She had heard us slagging off the public cloud in previous pods and was keen to offer a more benign perspective. That chat took up nearly all of the pod but we did eventually get around to quickly covering the latest developments concerning China vs the US and internet companies getting into consumer devices.

Why 5G makes good sense for industry

In this video, sponsored by Huawei, Andy Ward, Chief Technology Officer at Ubisense, explains how ‘Industry 4.0’ sensoring technology can change the way factories and production lines operate, tapping into the 5G wireless connectivity to make them more efficient and safer.

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