Once a week we get together in a studio somewhere in London to take the piss out of telecoms and technology for 40 minutes or so.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.