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The Real Conversations Podcast by Nokia

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In our Real Conversations podcast, we bring together experts to explore how technology innovation can help solve the most critical challenges facing business, people, and the planet today. Join us and discover how we can realize the full potential of digital.

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Open collaboration to the test

January 19th, 2023


Open ecosystem evangelist Katja Henke explains how iY14 Lab is bringing the wireless community together to accelerate network aggregation and Open RAN.

The evolution of the microgrid

January 5th, 2023


Dr. Thomas Hillig, founder of THEngergy, builds the case for microgrids, when, where and how to use them.

How the metaverse went mainstream in 2022

December 14th, 2022


From the metaverse to energy, technology evangelist, Jason Elliott, talks through 2022 and why combined tech and collaboration are key.

Independent legal expert talks security and regulation

December 8th, 2022


Bram Abramson, principle of 32M, a digital rights and risk advisory firm advises to focus on these five security principles.

Macro impact of microgrids

November 24th, 2022


Leslie Labruto, director of the Marshall Impact Accelerator at the London School of Economics, describes how microgrids can be a force for good. 

Rise of the industrial metaverse

November 10th, 2022


Luis Bollinger of Holo-light discusses the industrial metaverse and describes some of the use cases he’s seeing right now.

Busting quantum security myths

October 27th, 2022


Ilyas Khan, the CEO of Quantinuum, gives us a calculated overview of quantum computing and its role in shaping and securing the future of tech.

Corporate empathy and the metaverse

October 13th, 2022


Mimi Nicklin explains the origins of empathy and its significance in the design of grounded and virtual environments where the stakes are high. 

Practical insight from first metaverse founder

September 29th, 2022


Discover lessons learned from the founder of the first true metaverse, Philip Rosedale, with Second Life. 

UN approach to women in tech

September 15th, 2022


Mardia Niehaus explains why breaking the glass ceiling starts at the ground floor and how our future depends on it. 

How robots gain the gift of sight

September 1st, 2022


Sebastian Eger on how seeing is believing and why granting robots the gift of sight with cameras, 5G and edge cloud opens a world of possibility.

Why the network matters

August 18th, 2022


Jefferson Wang explains why a modern network is required for digital transformation and it is a competitive advantage.

The metaverse and the future of work

August 4th, 2022


Bernard Marr – prepares us for the future of work – discussing what role the metaverse will play

'Customer guy' talks the metaverse

July 21st, 2022


Steven Van Belleghem – who has devoted his career to customer experience – discusses what it will mean in the metaverse 

A 'hands on view' of the metaverse

July 7th, 2022


Listen to Dorian Banks, CEO of Looking Glass Labs, describe the business benefits and opportunities in nascent metaverse platforms.  

'Top metaverse executive' spill the beans

June 23rd, 2022


Emma Chiu, global director at Wunderman Thompson Intelligence, explains the metaverse.

Unlocking revenue with Network as Code

June 9th, 2022


Hear Jitin Bhandari, Nokia CTO of Cloud and Network Services on how unlocking new revenue through collaboration starts with Network as Code.

Insights from a female tech pioneer

May 26th, 2022


Hear Bell Labs Chief Technology Partner and 2020 Ada Lovelace Honoree as a “pioneering software engineer” in telecommunications technology, Anne Lee …

Industry 4.0 resets the competitive landscape

May 12th, 2022


Hear ‘father of Industry 4.0’ Henrik von Scheel’s entertaining insights on how I4.0 will reset the competitive landscape.

Lessons for Success in Industry 4.0

April 28th, 2022


Hear Jennifer Kent, Vice President of Research at Parks Associates, share insight on Industry 4.0 and overcoming roadblocks to success 

Closing the Digital Divide Across Belgium

April 14th, 2022


Hear Madam Petra De Sutter, Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium, discuss digital initiatives taking place across the country.

Your guide to 5G-Advanced

March 17th, 2022


Hear Matthew Baker, Head of Radio Layer at Nokia, explain the value of 5G-Advanced for consumers, CSPs, enterprise and industrial users.

Podcast Special Edition: An Introduction to SaaS in a 5G World

March 8th, 2022


In this special episode, hear from our Mark Bunn and IDC analyst Karl Whitelock about the role of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) in a 5G world.

Podcast Special Edition: An Introduction to SaaS in a 5G World

March 8th, 2022


In this special episode, hear from our Mark Bunn and IDC analyst Karl Whitelock about the role of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) in a 5G world.

Podcast Special Edition: An Introduction to SaaS in a 5G World

March 8th, 2022


In this special episode, hear from our Mark Bunn and IDC analyst Karl Whitelock about the role of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) in a 5G world.

The Right KPIs Lay the Path for Success

March 3rd, 2022


As CSPs transform their business for the 21st century, they will be challenged to pivot quickly and reorient for growth. KPIs have been a long-standing measurement of success. However, as Nokia’s Senior Partner, Bell …

Neutral Host Delivers the Value of Openness

February 17th, 2022


To get 5G quality service in the home, today’s telecom incumbents are recognizing the need to partner with open access fibre providers and neutral hosts. Ben Bawtree-Jobson of FTTP fibre infrastructure provider SiFi …

Get to Grips With Neutral Host

February 3rd, 2022


Neutral host companies provide open access to mobile operators enabling higher levels of connectivity. In part one of our two-part special on neutral host, Jose Antonio Aranda, innovation director at Cellnex, Spain …

The Power of Open Innovation

January 20th, 2022


Openness offers a lot of promise to CSPs, but it is not a panacea. Henry Chesbrough, expert, author and professor at University of California Berkeley explains why you must embrace open innovation for 5G success and …

Connected Ecosystems Leverage Blockchain

January 6th, 2022


COVID-19 revealed weak links in global supply chains. Wouter van Neebros, Founding CEO Marlin SCX, says connected ecosystems leverage blockchain to build transparency

2021 at Warp Speed

December 23rd, 2021


Hear our own Jason Elliott discuss the metaverse, William Shatner in space, 5G devices and much more.

Regenerative Capitalism 

December 9th, 2021


Sustainability authority, John Elkington, says the key to a sustainable future is for companies to change their views on capitalism. 

The Business Case for Climate Action

November 25th, 2021


Addressing climate change is an opportunity, not a burden. Jean Benoît Besset of Orange France outlines four key pillars to boost operational efficiency while reducing carbon footprints.   

In Data We Trust

November 11th, 2021


Operators are sitting on a treasure trove of data about their customers but cultural, technical, and regulatory silos within the industry can prevent …

Network Automation Makes for a Smooth Operator

October 28th, 2021


CSPs must embrace network automation under 5G. du Telecom’s Basel Elabed explains that the first hurdle is human and they should look at quick wins.

The Future of SaaS for CSPs

October 14th, 2021


The evolution to SaaS will require CSP’s to change the way they do business. Nokia’s Mark Bunn says it’s about demonstrating value that will keep …

AI's $700B Opportunity for CSPs

September 30th, 2021


The telecom industry can’t pivot to 5G without artificial intelligence. TMForum’s Aaron Boasman-Patel explains how it’s an opportunity – and a …

Masters of Monetization: The Membership Economy

September 16th, 2021


As CSPs look for new business opportunities and models, author Robbie Kellman Baxter says the focus needs to be on the member, not the model.  

Masters of Monetization: Disney

September 2nd, 2021


How does a CSP with a huge investment in their networks get the most out of infrastructure? By taking a page from the playbook of the Masters of Monetization. 30-year veteran Disney executive Duncan Wardle shares his …

eSIMs and the evolution of the CSP

August 19th, 2021


The SIM card is transforming to eSIM and then iSIM. Charles Reed Anderson and Thomas Hsu talk about how CSPs need to evolve to join in.  

CSPs and Enterprises, post-COVID

August 5th, 2021


After 16 months of a global pandemic, we’re starting to look for what the lasting impacts will be. What must enterprises and communications service providers (CSPs) and enterprises do to prepare? Jason Elliott shares …

Futurists Don't Predict the Future

July 22nd, 2021


What are the underlying forces that will disrupt the status-quo? Amy Webb explores the trends that CSPs need to be watching in this podcast.

The Expanding Threat Surface

July 8th, 2021


The threat surface will “explode” as IoT drives the factory of the future and smart buildings. Gwen Beauchemin warns us not to underestimate the risks.

AR and 5G with Catherine Henry

June 21st, 2021


The age of Augmented Reality is getting closer, but before the explosion in demand for devices, services, and software, there must be a catalyst. Catherine Henry, SVP of Growth at MediaMonks, says that 2 billion people …

Accessible Smart Cities with Chris Lewis

June 10th, 2021


The Smart City of the future is being built today. But as foundational as 5G will be, it’s true power is unleashed when it’s combined with the Internet of Things, Machine Learning, Cloud Computing – and good User …

5G for the Music Industry (with Dr. Jan Dürre of Sennheiser)

May 27th, 2021


A change is in the air for bands performing at concerts. Sennheiser is experimenting with 5G for its ultra-low latency at live audio productions. Dr. …

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day with ITU

May 17th, 2021


World Telecommunication and Information Society Day marks the founding of the International Telecommunications Union in 1865. But since 1969, it has also celebrated the advances the industry has brought to society. Our …

Beyond Cloud Native with Jitin Bhandari

April 29th, 2021


Smart telecom providers are embracing the concept of “cloud-native” when deploying 5G. But Nokia’s Jitin Bhandari tells our Michael Hainsworth there’s more to next generation wireless than moving to the cloud. Learn …

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Telecom Needs with TL Viswanathan

April 15th, 2021


Like the famous psychologist’s theory, telecom companies strive for self actualization. But how can CSPs elevate themselves to capitalize on Industry …

B2B2X is Everything to 5G (with Amir Rao of Amazon Web Services)

April 1st, 2021


The growth potential for the cloud under 5G relies on Business to Business to Everything. If we're to find the next big thing, telecom operators need to partner up and be flexible. AWS’s Amir Rao knows that the next …

Bringing Edge Cloud and AI together in a 5G world with Google’s Majed Al Amine

March 18th, 2021


Edge cloud computing and artificial intelligence are driving a seismic change to enterprise in the 5G era. But for Industry 4.0 to accelerate, CSPs need to understand the power and flexibility of putting the cloud …

The next killer 5G app with Simon Buckingham

March 4th, 2021


The next “killer app” will run on a 5G network. Simon Buckingham of development house Nonvoice Agency tells Michael Hainsworth that developers need support — and possibly deep pockets — if they’re going to leverage the …

The Hidden Future of Video

February 18th, 2021


75% of mobile traffic today is video. But with 5G, half of all video sent over this next-generation network will never be seen by human eyes. Nokia’s …

2020: An Unprecedented Year in Telecom

December 17th, 2020


Can’t wait to put 2020 behind you? The telecom industry feels your pain. But as the novel coronavirus wreaked havoc worldwide, technology stepped up. …

How 5G will change the role of the Content Creator with The Internet's Favorite Dad* (*unproven)

December 3rd, 2020


5G will bring download speeds up to 100x faster than 4G. That speed boost will force content creators to evolve. Stewart @Brittlestar Reynolds, aka …

Building the 5G Ecosystem with Steve Mannel of Salesforce

November 19th, 2020


5G requires additional CAPEX investments, and it’s arriving at a time when telecom companies are feeling the pinch. But to Salesforce’s Steve Mannel, the real ROI for 5G won’t come from consumers -- it will come from …

The FAANGs are out for CSPs

November 5th, 2020


The FANGS are out and telecom companies don’t want to get bitten. But as giants like Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Google build their next generation services on 5G, how does a telecom company go from “dumb …

The Hero Hiding in 5G with Nokia’s Jitin Bhandari

October 15th, 2020


Every time someone picks up a 5G smartphone, a superhero springs into action.

For Nokia’s Jitin Bhandari, it’s not the ‘faster than a speeding …

Latin America dances to its own 5G Beat

October 1st, 2020


Like the rest of the world, Latin America is adopting 5G. It’s roll-out may not be as fast as we’ve seen in Asia and Europe, but Omdia’s Wally Swain …

5G Security: The digital ‘Beware Of Dog’ sign

September 17th, 2020


Hacker and Varonis’ Field CTO Brian Vecci spent his life breaking into computers. With the roll-out of 5G, the number of break-in opportunities is …

Our Low Touch Future with Nick De Mey

September 3rd, 2020


COVID-19 is accelerating the adoption of technologies that would otherwise have taken years to go mainstream. But how are companies evolving in this …

Back to Business Unusual with EY’s Greg Cudahy

August 20th, 2020


Business as usual will have to take a back seat for some time. But how does the move to remote working and 5G present an opportunity for the …

Reinventing the Telecom Customer Experience with PWC’s Florian Groene and Nokia’s Hans Geerdes

July 23rd, 2020


COVID-19 has put mobile and broadband providers under tremendous pressure. Telcos have seen their annual bandwidth demand forecasts reached within the first month of lockdown. But to Florian Groene, a partner at PWC in …

Accelerating Industry 4.0 with Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri

July 9th, 2020


As COVID-19 turned a local epidemic into a pandemic, the spotlight was trained on an industry known as a “dumb pipe”. But the global …

Virtual Upside Down World with Leslie Shannon

June 25th, 2020


We’re turning to video games for both work meetings and staying in touch with family and friends, but after COVID-19, will any of it stick? 

Nokia’s trend scouter, Leslie Shannon explains why she thinks the unexpected …

Razer’s Head is in the Cloud

June 11th, 2020


Why is one of the world’s top gaming peripheral companies turning to the edge cloud for its future? President Jason Schwartz believes cloud gaming …

Cell Tower Climbing under COVID-19

May 28th, 2020


You’re not the only one working from home. The roll-out of the next big thing in wireless isn’t being stalled by COVID-19. 

Mirjana Scheele is a …

COVID-19 and our Digital Pandora's Box with Michael Geist

May 14th, 2020


Testing is the domain of doctors, but tracing COVID-19 is falling on telecom and software companies as they race to develop systems for monitoring the quarantine. But at what cost? Internet rights advocate and CIGI …

Meeting Network Demands in an Era of Uncertainty

April 30th, 2020


Even before COVID-19 drove up a year’s worth of bandwidth demand growth in less than a month, network operators have seen a 50% annual increase in demand. 5G is expected to tax capacity even more. Nokia fiber optics …

Wizards of Network Optimization with Amit Mehrotra

April 16th, 2020


If 80% of wireless infrastructure is aimed at the roads, how are our mobile networks handling the COVID-19 crush of traffic at home? Enter the …

COVID-19: The Network Must Go On

March 26th, 2020


COVID-19 has created a massive spike in global internet traffic. Telecoms which prepared for a 50% increase year over year are seeing that growth in just the last month. How will this critical infrastructure cope? …

Gen Z’s Wake-Up Call for the Telecom Industry

March 19th, 2020


Your phone company consistently ranks at the bottom of consumer satisfaction lists. But how do you satisfy Gen-Z in the 5G era? The CEO of JUV …

The New Age of Mobile Gaming with Hatch Entertainment’s Nick Thomas

March 5th, 2020


The future of online gaming is 5G, and a high-profile stumble by competitor Google doesn’t concern the company behind Angry Birds. Rovio’s Hatch Entertainment thinks it’s got the secret to success, and VP Nick Thomas …

Namaste Technology with The Darkest Horse’s Chanté Thurmond

February 20th, 2020


Who are we without our technology? Chanté Thurmond of The Darkest Horse discusses how we can raise our consciousness and use technology for radical …

5G Network Slicing and Industry 4.0 with Marina Thottan

February 6th, 2020


Autonomous vehicles and AR tend to steal the spotlight, but 5G’s game-changer is for the factory floor. Veteran Nokia Bell Labs director Marina Thottan discusses how network slicing is a key driver for Industry 4.0.

The Future of Customer Experience with Blake Morgan

January 23rd, 2020


There’s been a shift towards recognizing bricks and mortar retailers can’t compete with e-commerce giants, so they shouldn’t try, and that’s led to a …

What 2020 has in store for 5G and why it’s not just +1G

January 9th, 2020


One of the biggest technological leaps is expected to come into its own in 2020. 5G wireless saw early adopter nations roll-out the high-speed …

OK Millennial: How this generation will succeed where boomers did not

December 19th, 2019


Millennials and boomers have a lot more in common than they might think. In their 20s, baby boomers were frustrated with the state of politics, the …

Waves of Innovation: Bell Labs President Marcus Weldon on the 5G Tsunami

November 26th, 2019


Innovation comes in waves, but the head of the technology lab that brought us the transistor, the laser, and cellphones sees things differently this …

Get smart about artificial intelligence

November 21st, 2019


5G wireless is a transformational technology, and not just for consumers. Enterprise is champing at the bit to unleash 5G-based services around the …

Experiential Computing with Tom Edwards

November 14th, 2019


Tech titan Tom Edwards of @BlackFin360 talks about how the blurring of the lines between technology and culture is only going to grow as AI, AR, and …

Level up 5G security efforts with Patrick Donegan

October 31st, 2019


5G wireless offers some great rewards, but it’s not without risk. Hardenstance founder Patrick Donegan says the telecom sector needs to get its …

Dropping the 4G Baggage

October 17th, 2019


Nokia strategist Simon Osborne says that 5G will require the telecom industry to tear down its silos built-up over the last 20 years or risk failure.

5G Security: With flexibility comes complexity:

Ambient Computing and 5G trends with Leslie Shannon

October 3rd, 2019


5G wireless is about to change our world as the heavy lifting of crunching numbers for everything from augmented reality to video games will be done elsewhere. Nokia trend seeker Leslie Shannon  joins Michael Hainsworth …

5G Security: With flexibility comes complexity

September 19th, 2019


Nokia’s Simon Osborne joins Futurithmic to talk about the remarkable leap in security-related issues the telecommunications industry faces with a …

The Whiz Kid who Sees the Future for Those Who Can’t

September 5th, 2019


Riya Karumanchi is the 16-year-old founder of a healthcare startup aiming to bring a technology thousands of years old into the 21st century. And …

The Future of Shopping Isn’t Algorithmic

August 22nd, 2019


Rory Sutherland is a real-life advertising industry Mad Man. The Vice Chairman of Ogilvy UK isn’t convinced artificial intelligence will do all our shopping for us, as Amazon predicts. Sutherland insists purchases are …

Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales on the Future of Truth in the Age of Alternative Facts

August 8th, 2019


The man who made it his mission to catalogue facts isn’t deterred by politicians and corporations stretching the truth or flat-out lying. We’ll find …

What our Smartphones Say About Us with MIT's Sandy Pentland

July 25th, 2019


The little glowing rectangles we all carry in our pockets can reveal a lot about us. But MIT’s artificial intelligence pioneer Sandy Pentland tells us we can learn a lot without revealing any personally identifiable …

The State of AR/VR Art with HTC’s Dan Robbins

July 11th, 2019


As the industry overcomes technical hurdles of Augmented and Virtual Reality, it’s grappling with an existential crisis: how to remain ethical in the …

Augmenting Ourselves with Galit Ariel

June 27th, 2019


Augmenting our appearance may seem like a Black Mirror episode, but it’s coming. And when it does, what does this mean for our sense of self if we can change who we are on a person by person basis? AR author and artist …

Welcome to the Futurithmic Podcast

May 29th, 2019


In this trailer, Michael talks with three of the upcoming guests about some of the most influential technologies and trends that are shaping our …

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