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Smart moans

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...


Virtually interesting

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 smartphone...


Live from Barcelona

Such is our devotion to podcasting that we even did one from the MWC show floor in Barcelona. Scott and Jamie were joined by Dan Jones from Light Reading and Ed Barton from Ovum. They started with a look at the state of the megatrends that are 5G and IoT, with Scott reckoning talk around them got a lot more focused this year but some of the other guys were not so sure. Jamie has been focusing on artificial intelligence at the show, Dan has been all over the latest smartphone launches and Ed...


Pre MWC special

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...


A little ray of sunshine

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...


Let's get digital

Scott and Jamie are joined by special guest Paul Nolan from PR agency CC Group, who tells us about a bit of research his company commissioned into how operators are going about the macro trend that is digital transformation and what vendors are doing to help them. Spoiler alert – it’s complicated. Scott tells us about his week in San Diego with Qualcomm, hearing all about the wonders of 5G and definitely not talking about all the other dramas Qualcomm is currently involved in. Lastly Jamie...


Money, Money, Money

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…


The man in the street

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...


Around the world in 45 minutes

The usual suspects attempt to circumnavigate the globe from the comfort of their studio. Iain, Jamie and Scott start by taking a look at the UK broadband scene, where we’re increasingly looking for more fibre in our diets but we’re still not sure why. Moving on to Germany Iain claims a little scoopette with the revelation that Deutsche Telekom has had a cabinet reshuffle and gets to show off his awesome German pronunciation skills. On the other side of the pond the US seems to be getting...


Raising your voice

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...


We care a lot

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.


5G special

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...


Everyone's a winner

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.


High fibre diet

Having been abandoned a week ago Scott is once more joined by Jamie and Iain. They start by recapping the recent Broadband World Forum event in Berlin, which was attended by Iain and Scott, the latter being reminded how little he knows about fixed line networking. Meanwhile we’re in the middle of the Q3 earnings season and the big US tech giants are raking it in once more. One the back of that they mull over the power of the big internet brands and wonder which other industries they might...


Game of phones

This week we welcome guest podder Jesse from TV business title TBI to talk about how video content is distributed and monetized, and what lesson the telecoms world can learn in its apparent desperation to move in that direction. Jamie is back from his latest travels and brings us news of what was discussed at the Nordic Digital Business Summit. We conclude by reviewing some of the week’s corporate dramas, with Hollywood even managing to put itself in the spotlight on that front too.


Up to no good

The Light Reading sandwich makes appearance once more as Scott is joined by Ray and Iain. They start by arguing the toss over whether ISPs should be allowed to sell broadband on the basis of ‘up to’ a maximum speed that is rarely achieved, which leads to a showdown between the LR lads. Moving further afield, they reflect on the turmoil in the Indian telecoms market caused by the disruptive entry of Reliance Jio and then move on to the growing need to automate a lot of network management....


Talking turmoil

Our team of talkative telecoms trouble-makers turn their sceptical gaze onto the turmoil at the top of TIM this week, where Vivendi is exercising far more control than its 24% shareholding would seem to allow. Later they wrestle with the many challenges surrounding the smart home, which in Scott’s case includes even being able to say it properly. Lastly the guys tackle the age-old question of how operators can best move with the times and ask whether they’re even capable of change.


Capital punishment

Jamie’s back and he, Scott and Iain from Light Reading discuss the decision to kick Uber out of London, which threatens to make going out on the piss until the small hours significantly more expensive in the capital. Meanwhile Deutsche Telekom has launched an offensive on the content market as the two worlds increasingly collide. Lastly the team have a look at Google’s latest smartphone move, which involves grabbing the cream of HTC’s engineering talent, and wonder what this means for the...


Light Reading sandwich

In the absence of Jamie, Scott becomes the filling in a Light Reading sandwich as he’s outnumbered by Ray and Iain. The three discuss long overdue big investments in fibre from the likes of Vodafone and Verizon, and why they matter. Talking about big investments they move on to the exceptional sum Apple wants for its latest shiny thing and to what extent that’s taking the piss. The gang concludes by reflecting on the necessity of the distributed cloud and how paying for it is nearly as...


Back in business

Scott and Jamie put the band back together with the help of Iain of Light Reading. The telecoms tyrants pick up where they left off by arguing the toss over net neutrality, Europe’s 5G progress and some new gadgetry for IFA. In classic journalistic tradition they end up debating whether any of it actually matters and completely fail to come to a unanimous conclusion on anything.


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