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Telecoms.com Podcast

Once a week we get together in a studio somewhere in London to take the piss out of telecoms and technology for an hour or so.

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Social skills

There’s a cosmopolitan theme to the pod this week with Scott reflecting on his trip to Stockholm to hang out with Ericsson and Jamie looking forward with some trepidation to breakfast in China. We also hear about a recent Connected Britain event from guest podder Shannon, who also fuels a massive tangent about the pros and cons of social media. Iain ruins the jaunty mood by lamenting the continuing attrition of jobs among the world’s operators.

46mins

25 Jun 2018

Rank #1

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What is digital transformation?

We welcome special guest Jennifer Kyriakakis from digital commerce software vendor Matrixx this week, so Scott and Jamie spend the whole hour trying to work out what the hell ‘digital’ actually means in the telecoms environment. The three of them discuss best practice, why digital transformation is important and who, if anyone, is doing it well.

57mins

15 Jul 2019

Rank #2

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Europe, Huawei, O-RAN and Legere

The guys can’t resist talking about Europe, with the Brexit moment of truth fast approaching, and debate whether one consequence of it will a return to the bad old days of roaming charges and bill shock. They move on, inevitably, to Huawei and its ongoing drama, before concluding with a look at the growing O-RAN Alliance and the unique qualities of T-Mobile US boss John Legere.

53mins

11 Feb 2019

Rank #3

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Vodafone, NB-IoT and so much more

It’s back to the usual suspects this week, with Jamie and Iain reflecting on their recent visit to Vodafone’s HQ for an update about what the operator group has been up to. Among the highlights were a holographic communications demo that even managed to impress Jamie. A number of other topics come up including, God help us, 6G, before they move onto the growing momentum behind the NB-IoT LPWAN standard and why we should care. The pod concludes with a spot of globe trotting, which includes India and Italy.

50mins

1 Oct 2018

Rank #4

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Media, mobile edge and cunning plans

This week’s podcast is brought to you from the Ritz Carlton Vienna, where Scott attended the Light Reading Executive Summit and roped Phil and Iain from LR into doing a pod with him. They start by discussing where operators should get involved in media, move on to whether they should get into bed with AWS over the mobile edge and conclude by wondering whether or not they have a cunning plan at all.

51mins

9 Dec 2019

Rank #5

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Digital transformation, Huawei and BT’s logo

Wei and Ray say hey in May, while Scott has not got a lot to plot about in this week’s pod. We hear about Digital Transformation World, the latest Huawei drama and BT’s controversial new logo.

36mins

20 May 2019

Rank #6

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5G, edge computing and Huawei

Jamie takes the helm this week as the pod comes from the Big 5G Event in Denver. He’s joined by Iain and debutant Telecoms.com podder Mitch Wagner from Light Reading. Appropriately enough that kick off by talking about 5G, with a focus on edge computing. The move on to the transformation of the telecoms industry in general and just can’t resist an update of the Huawei situation.

27mins

10 May 2019

Rank #7

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Huawei, 6G and smartphones

It wouldn’t be a 2019 Telecoms.com podcast without a fair bit of chat about Huawei so the guys decide to get it out of the way first this week. Then, just for a laugh, they decide to have a go at 6G even though 5G hasn’t even got going yet and we’ll let you decide whether or not that was a good idea. With MWC nearly upon us they conclude with a look at the smartphone market and wonder if it will ever surprise us again.

45mins

18 Feb 2019

Rank #8

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5G, tech politics and notspots

The usual suspects kick off with a look at some of the first commercial 5G launches, with South Korea leading the way. While Scott is a bit confused by the tariffs, they nonetheless weigh up the pros and cons of paying for 5G. Conversation moves onto the political pressure tech companies are increasingly under, both internally and externally. They conclude with a look at ‘notspots’ i.e. areas that still lack mobile coverage.

57mins

8 Apr 2019

Rank #9

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Going for a slash

Jamie and Scott are joined by Iain from Light Reading this week and they start by discussing the pros and cons of becoming a communications-slash-content provider. Is convergence a sound business strategy or is it better to just stick with what your company’s best at? Is it good for you to consume a lot of VOD? Not during a podcast it would seem as Iain and Scott are forced to improvise while Jamie literally goes for a slash. Unperturbed they move onto the ongoing subject of Chinese vendors getting a hard time from western authorities, with ZTE coming under so much fire it might have to slash its operations significantly. They conclude with a look Amazon, which thanks to a convergent strategy for its Prime premium service has managed to acquire over 100,000 subscribers. The guys speculate about why Amazon has decided to release this data but conclude it’s unlikely to slash its heavy investment anytime soon.

47mins

23 Apr 2018

Rank #10

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Business as usual

Scott is back from his challenging summer holiday and just can’t wait to hang out with his podcast chums Jamie and Iain once more. They start by talking about T-Mobile US and its distinctly conservative ‘uncarrier’ event, and ponder what operators can do to make a difference. They eventually move on to discuss the thorny issue of social media censorship and conclude with a growing trend towards protectionism and countries trying to become more self-reliant on telecoms kit.

50mins

20 Aug 2018

Rank #11

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Apple, network sharing and AT&T

Scott taps the excellent Telecoms.com bench this week to bring on super-subs Ray from Light Reading and Wei from Telecoms.com Intelligence. They start with a look at the recent Apple mega-launch, move on to the hot topic of network sharing and conclude with a review of some recent corporate intrigue at AT&T.

48mins

13 Sep 2019

Rank #12

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Ericsson, Huawei and Vodafone

With everyone belatedly getting their acts together, the boys are back in town for the first pod of the year. They delayed long enough to hit the start of quarterly earnings season and Scott starts with a look at Ericsson’s numbers. That eventually leads to discussion of Huawei’s latest geopolitical challenges, with it braving the elements at Davos to plead for reason. Jamie and Iain conclude with a look at Vodafone’s numbers and some potential existential challenges.

56mins

28 Jan 2019

Rank #13

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Broadband, 5G and Q3 numbers

The usual suspects assemble once more in order to record their incoherent ramblings for your pleasure. They have all been travelling, with Jamie and Iain recalling their experiences at the Broadband World Forum event in Berlin, which included reckless consumption of absinthe. Scott, meanwhile, schlepped all the way over to Hong Kong in order to hang out with Qualcomm and talk incessantly about 5G. They conclude with a look both at the latest numbers served up by the big kit vendors and also Jamie’s latest toy.

55mins

29 Oct 2018

Rank #14

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AI, regulation and 5G spectrum

Super-sub Ray plays a blinder off the bench once more as he crosses the topic of AI for Scott and Jamie to nod in. The guys kick off by exploring the use of AI in networks but also in the wider world and mull over the ethical implications of letting machines make decisions for us. Scott forces a pass to Jamie on the topic of regulation and the team makes full use of extra time to explore the topic of 5G spectrum.

49mins

12 Apr 2019

Rank #15

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Jamie is in charge, about time

Jamie is in charge, about time by Telecoms.com

46mins

30 Jul 2018

Rank #16

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The year in review

Only Scott and Iain were around this week so they decided to look back on the year in telecoms over a few beers. The main story was 5G, of course, and they discuss whether or not it was worth the wait. Either way it has fast become a political football, so they spend the second half of the pod reflecting on the effect politics had on the telecoms industry in 2019.

58mins

17 Dec 2019

Rank #17

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Live from 5G World

This week we bring you the pod live (or at least it was when we filmed it) from 5G World 2018 in London – an event that tested the stamina of our youngest team member. Scott reflects on apparent sentiment that everyone should stop moaning about 5G business cases and just get on with it, while Iain notes the downbeat current phase of the 5G hype cycle, Jamie laments a relative lack of ambition from European operators and guest podder Elliott reflects on living the 5G dream.

23mins

15 Jun 2018

Rank #18

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Smartphones, industry crisis and Africa

Special guest Paula Gilbert, Editor of Connecting Africa, joins Iain and Scott for this pod. They start with a look at the latest smartphone shipment numbers, then move on to ask if the telecoms industry is in crisis and conclude with a discussion of the African market.

51mins

5 Aug 2019

Rank #19

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2019, digital media and coffee mishaps

The last pod of the year sees Scott and Jamie joined by special guest Ed Barton from analyst firm Ovum. Ed starts by looking ahead to next year from a digital media perspective, including a look at the trend of telecoms companies trying to buy their way into content. They move onto a look at a Nokia managing to have a great week without doing anything and conclude with reflections on the rise of digital censorship. Along the way Jamie manages to pour coffee all over himself, which is amusing.

52mins

17 Dec 2018

Rank #20