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Live from 5G World

6/14/2018
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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.

Duration:00:23:17

Corporate haircuts

6/10/2018
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Scott, Jamie and Iain ponder the significance of haircuts at the top of the corporate food chain, with the luxuriantly coiffured Gavin Patterson reaching the end of his tenure at BT and the often mulleted Hans Vestberg set to take over at Verizon. Iain and Jamie then reminisce about some swanky lunches they both attended with Vodafone and Orange, and declare a winner. Scott finishes with a look at a cheeky move by Ofcom to give UK operators a financial haircut.

Duration:00:44:15

GDPR SNAFU

6/3/2018
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Scott and Jamie are joined by Ray from Light Reading this week, who can barely contain his excitement at the prospect of talking about regulation. The guys reflect on the entirely predictable SNAFU that has been the first week of GDPR, before reflecting on Nokia’s more recent devices misadventures following the failed Withings experiment. Ray concludes with look at where we are now regarding virtualization which is so authoritative that the other two wisely decide not to try to pick holes in...

Duration:00:40:39

More than meets the eye

5/28/2018
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The usual suspects are back after a week of globetrotting to industry trade shows. Iain and Scott reflect on their time at Digital Transformation World and discuss whether or not telcos should even bother digitally transforming themselves. At the same time Jamie was in the US at the Big Communications Event, at which he heard about how Jio is going to continue transforming the Indian market. They then move on to the transformation of ZTE from a thriving company to a dying one, and maybe back...

Duration:00:53:11

Companies in crisis

5/14/2018
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Jamie leads the pod this week, fresh from and appearing on proper telly to talk about BT axing a bunch of jobs, and he is clearly still buzzing. We then move onto Iain, who hasn’t even been on YouTube this week and has instead been analysing Vodafone’s acquisition of a bunch of Liberty Global stuff. When Scott gets his turn he laments the catastrophic situation ZTE has found itself in and then finishes off with his trademark fearmongering about AI, with a focus on audio.

Duration:00:44:20

Analyse this

5/7/2018
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Scott and Jamie once more risk exposing their dilettantism this week as they welcome Gabriel Brown – an Analyst, no less, from Heavy Reading. They start with a look at the longest courtship in telecoms: T-Mobile US and Sprint, who have finally decided to make honest operators of each other. They move onto 5G – one of Gabriel’s core areas – and he becomes so animated in response to a random question from Pierre that he won’t stop banging the microphone. They conclude with some breaking news...

Duration:00:55:00

Going for a slash

4/22/2018
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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...

Duration:00:47:34

Mind your language

4/15/2018
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The pod regulars are joined by Ray from Light Reading once more this week. They start with a discussion about how inadequate the policing of the digital economy is, with legislators and regulators struggling to keep up with the pace of technological change. Jamie feels so strongly about it that he’s moved to frankly shocking profanity. He then composes himself long enough to tell us about the tension between national and state-level attitudes to technology in the US, allowing Ray to step in...

Duration:00:44:53

What you do on your laptop is your business

4/9/2018
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This week only Scott and Jamie managed to make it into the studio after the long-weekend of chocolate, countryside walks and beer. This week sees the end of the 5G auction with the guys wondering why Ofcom feels it can charge so much, Facebook just continues to offer easy pickings for the technology journalists of the world and we finish off with a look at how to do M&A correctly…

Duration:00:53:08

Information overload

3/25/2018
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Scott and Jamie are joined by Ray from Light Reading and go straight into the big story of the week: Cambridge Analytica. The guys more or less agree that it’s ultimately all about how little control we have over our personal data and wonder what can be done about it. More importantly they also speculate about which Star Wars characters they are. Ray steers conversation onto 5G for a change and stresses that it’s all very well banging on about clever radio technology, but unless you deal...

Duration:00:45:47

Smart moans

3/18/2018
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The usual suspects start by discussing an Ericsson interview Scott did at MWC but soon go off onto a random tangent about devices, about which Jamie claims to be indifferent despite being umbilically attached to his. Inevitable comparisons with Nokia ensue and they speculate about who is doing better. They both need to catch up with Huawei and they will probably be helped in that aim by Donald Trump, who seems determined to make it as difficult as possible for China to do business with the...

Duration:00:45:53

Virtually interesting

3/11/2018
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Iain, Jamie and Scott move on from the rigours of MWC by reflecting on some of the conversations they had in Barcelona about how much progress we have made with NFV. The answer seems to vary wildly according to who you speak to and it seems clear that industry consensus remains elusive. Jamie then talks us through some of the highlights of the next version of Android, including a new indoor location technology, which leads to conversational tangents including Bluetooth and the MWC...

Duration:00:45:35

Pre MWC special

2/22/2018
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With the biggest telecoms event of the year just around the corner Scott, Jamie and Iain bring you this special preview of Mobile World Congress 2018 for you to download and listen to on the plane. Scott starts with the obvious stuff – the big buzzwords that are 5G and IoT. The level of 5G fervour will hit fever pitch but how many solid business cases will there be for the new wireless generation? The same goes for IoT, which promises much-needed diversification for operators but who’s...

Duration:00:57:38

A little ray of sunshine

2/18/2018
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This week’s pod had to battle the odds to take place at all, with Jamie and Iain both on holiday and Telecoms Towers undergoing refurbishment, but Ray from Light Reading found a window in his hectic schedule to keep Scott company. First we heard about Ray’s trip to sunny Valencia to learn all about the state of European fibre. He expressed frustration at the apparent lack of urgency in building fibre to the building as it’s as important piece of infrastructure as any and the potential...

Duration:00:26:07

Money, Money, Money

2/6/2018
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This week, Scott and Jamie welcome back Iain ‘sicknote’ Morris to get knee-deep in the barrage of quarterly financials. In the UK, BT has wobbly through the three months like a bland jelly, Nokia and Ericsson contemplate life in the spending drought, while the technology giants suck up profits like a demonic Henry the Hoover. We also have a go at guessing what Apple might spent the billions it has stashed away in the bank…

Duration:00:18:25

The man in the street

1/28/2018
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Iain called a sickie this week so we drafted in Trystan, otherwise known as the man in the street, to give us a different perspective on all the stuff we bang on about. Jamie kicks things off with a look at increasing calls for transparency and what this says about the breakdown of trust, but they soon go off on a general social media tangent. Scott eventually moves things along to the US/China tensions and what this might mean for big US chip players, but slips in an Orange content...

Duration:00:52:33

Raising your voice

1/14/2018
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Scott’s finally decided to do some work in 2018 and is joined by Jamie (and his many donuts) and Iain from Light Reading. They start with a review of CES – the first big tech show of the year – and its obsession with voice-driven smart speakers. They move on to the hot topic of social media censorship and, between donuts, Jamie seems to think Scott should be censored for starters, followed by government ministers tweeting about their days out instead of running the country. The team...

Duration:00:53:14

We care a lot

1/7/2018
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After an extended Christmas break, from which Scott has yet to emerge, Jamie drafts in Iain from Light Reading and Jesse from TBI to take an early look at what we should care about, or not, in 2018. They start by trying to care about net neutrality and largely fail to do so, but they do manage to care a bit more about the prospect of Apple buying Netflix. With a heavy heart the team concludes with 5G, which they feel compelled to at least pretend they care about, except Jesse.

Duration:00:47:18

5G special

11/19/2017
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Having taken an extra week to get over the GloTel Awards, Scott and Jamie are back with a brand new special guest. William Webb is a wireless industry consultant and author and has some strong views on all the hype around 5G, so we thought we’d focus on that topic for the whole pod. Jamie reflects on some sceptical vibes coming from operators around 5G, while William asks what took them so long to speak up. They conclude IoT is likely to be the most useful 5G feature in the mid-term and...

Duration:00:33:30

Everyone's a winner

11/5/2017
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This special edition of the Telecoms.com podcast is brought to you from the Global Telecoms Awards because nobody felt like coming into the office the next day. Scott, Ray, Jamie and Iain all reflect on a top night out, with Scott trying to nip his hangover in the bud with a bottle of bubbly he nicked off another table. Earlier in the week Vodafone tried something a bit different with its tariffs, but Iain wasn’t impressed, preferring instead to bang on about Ericsson’s lofty 5G claims.

Duration:00:14:18