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.
Public cloud, OpenRAN and towers
Week 2 of Lockdown 3 sees Scott and Iain open with another look at the pros and cons of the public cloud after watching AWS throw its weight around. They move on to OpenRAN, which is increasingly becoming a political football and conclude with an analysis of consolidation in the telecoms towers sector.
US v China, UK fibre and lockdown moaning
The team is back after the Christmas break, but lockdown level 400 means they’re not allowed into the studio. They start with a recap of the latest aggro between the US and China, which has immediately picked up where it left off last year. Moving closer to home, they take a look at the political fuss being made over UK telecoms infrastructure, before concluding with an extended moan about starting the year in a state of lockdown.
6G, cloud and Facebook
In the final pod of a remarkable year the guys get straight into appropriately dystopian subject matter. They start by looking at plans for 6G to create a hive mind that anticipates your every need, before moving on to mulling how sensible it is to move all your technology into the public cloud and concluding with the US government’s absurd attempt to sue Facebook for being too successful.
Automation, industry metrics and OpenRAN
Scott and Iain worry about being replaced by machines and algorithms as they kick off this week’s pod by discussing automation. They move on to review some of the telecoms industry numbers being published as we get towards the end of the year, before concluding with a look at why Western governments are suddenly so keen on OpenRAN.
Digital economy, private networks and China
Vows to avoid going off on too many tangents are soon broken when Ian and Scott discuss the digital economy and attempted state interventions in it. The move on to private networks and specifically whether that’s where the 5G ROI is to be found, before reflecting on China’s deteriorating relationship with the rest of the world.
M&A, IoT and Huawei
Scott and Iain return to the studio with an extended rant about mergers and acquisitions, which encompasses Brexit, dodgy French accents and US media bias. They move onto IoT and its competing LPWAN technologies, having both attended a Zoom discussion on the matter, before concluding with the inevitable Huawei round-up.