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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.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Communications, Vodafone and radios

The pod is delighted to welcome a guest this week – Elena Davidson, CEO of Liberty Communications. Accordingly they start by talking about PR and comms, including the apparent evaporation of entertainment budgets, before analysing a recent attempt by Facebook to communicate with the outside world. They move on to reflect on recent conversations with Vodafone UK’s head of networks before concluding with a look at the radio weight arms race.

A conversation with Andrea Dona, Chief Network Officer at Vodafone UK

We caught up with Andrea Dona, Chief Network Officer at Vodafone UK, after his keynote at 5G World 2021 to ask what he means when he talks about the intersection of technologies driving the telecoms sector. We also spoke about the prospects for 5G and what new things it will eventually enable us to do.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: 6G, OpenRAN and big tech

No guest this week which just means more stream-of-consciousness dribble from the regulars. They start by discussing Huawei’s decision to publish a book on 6G and what the underlying message may be. They move on to discuss the difficulties faced by the O-RAN Alliance when some of its members aren’t allowed to hang out with each other and conclude with a look at the increasing overlap between big tech and big politics.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Satellites, roaming and devices

The pod welcomes returning special guest Mary Clark, a telecoms industry exec currently between gigs, this week. She starts by telling us what she’s been up to, including work with a ‘proper’ satellite-to-handset company and the Thames Estuary Growth Board. They move on to reflect on Three UK’s decision to start charging for roaming, which is especially bad news for producer Pierre, before concluding with a quick look at recent device launches by internet giants.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Vodafone, 6G and AWS

After taking the whole of August off in classic Gallic style, Iain, Scott and Pierre roar back into the studio. They start by reflecting on the physical event they’ve attended since the start of the pandemic, at which beers were provided by Vodafone. They move on to examine the increasing prospect of the 6G standard being split due to the US and China’s inability to stop messing with each other and conclude with the latest concerns about relinquishing control to the public cloud.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: China Mobile, dumb pipes and bugbears

Cherish this one because it will be the last pod for a few weeks, as the lads attempt to holiday in the time of Covid. They start with a review of China Mobile’s recent tender process for a bunch of 5G work, which resulted in non-Chinese vendors getting just a 6% share. They move on to the eternal topic of telcos as dumb pipes, examining what hope there is for them ever to be otherwise, and conclude with Scott and Iain having a rant about some of their current bugbears.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: BT/EE, Ericsson and net neutrality

The guys sacrifice an afternoon in the sun to sit in a dark studio and pod just for you, dear listener. They start by reflecting on a virtual press event held by BT/EE and try to work out what the point of it was. They move on to review Ericsson’s latest quarterly earnings, which took a hit from a downturn in China, and conclude with another go at the eternal debate around net neutrality.

Combo PON OLTs are Here Now: Radisys Offers Next Gen Solutions for Agile, Programmable and Innovative FTTx Networks

Telecoms.com Editorial Director Scott Bicheno recently spoke with Rajesh Chundury, Vice President – Customer Solutions at Radisys about the introduction of their Combo PON OLT, which supports G-PON and XGS-PON within the same OLT PON port. In this interview Rajesh discusses how white-box Combo PON OLTs allow broadband providers to take advantage of pervasive G-PON technology while giving them a flexible upgrade path to scale up and rollout XGS-PON deployments without costly rip and replace. The Radisys Combo PON OLT is an open, disaggregated, flexible and highly scalable telco-grade cloud native broadband access platform designed to address key service providers’ needs. Watch the interview to learn about the advantages of this hardware option.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: JEDI, Huawei and Myanmar

Ahead of a massive weekend for sport and Scott’s marriage, the guys brave central London once more. They start by discussing JEDI – a US government public cloud project that has been complicated by having hardly any choice of vendor. They move on to the ongoing US attempt to extradite Huawei’s CFO from Canada and conclude with the unique circumstances in Myanmar that have forced Telenor to flee.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: MWC, public cloud and OpenRAN

The guys reflect on what it was like to not attend the recent attenuated Mobile World Congress, which took place last week despite having all the odds stacked against it. One of the apparent highlights was a special zone dedicated to the public cloud, so they move onto discuss the latest development in that scene, before concluding with recent OpenRAN news.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Nokia, roaming and Ofcom censorship

The guys are giving Mobile World Congress 2021 a miss due to all the associated Covid hassle, so they try to assuage their FOMO with some vaguely Spanish refreshments from Tesco. They start by reviewing the recent reboot of Nokia’s 5G portfolio, which Iain reckons is a big deal. They move on to EE’s contentious decision to start charging its customers for data roaming in Europe and conclude with a look at a new UK law that would allow Ofcom to censor digital speech.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Vodafone, Euro 5G and G7 vs China

The lads cunningly record this one the day before the UK was struck by a monsoon. They start by reviewing a big week for Vodafone, which brought them into contact with a former podcast regular. They move on to discuss Ericsson’s conclusion that Europe is dropping the ball on 5G before concluding with a look at recent moves by western countries to gang up on China over the tech industry.

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.

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