Comms Business Channel Insider Podcast

Delivering expert commentary on the latest news each week

Real opinions in real time from some of the Channel’s most influential players, unfiltered, unedited and unscripted. Tune in to stay up to date with the latest news and views in your market.

If you would like to find out how to get involved in the Channel Insider Podcast please email Editor David Dungay at David.Dungay@MarkAllenGroup.com.

EPISODE 7: Three launches 5G broadband and Vaioni discusses Panoramic investment

This week David Dungay, Editor of Comms Business, was joined by Channel experts to discuss the latest investment Vaioni secured recently to build out their SDN network and Three’s 5G plans after they announced they are targeting the consumer broadband space with their services.

Guests included:
Adam Zoldan, Director of Knight Corporate Finance (sponsor)
Andrew Dickinson, MD of Jola
Ateeb Mehmood, Finance Director at Vaioni
Mark Curtis-Wood,Group Sales and Marketing Director at Vaioni
Paul Gibbs, Head of UCaaS and mid-market at Gamma

EPISODE 6: The latest on telecoms fraud, Teams overtakes Slack

In this week’s Channel Insider podcast Editor of Comms Business, David Dungay, spoke to his experts about the current telecoms fraud landscape in the UK and what kind of activity they are witnessing on the network. Teams has also overtaken Slack recently for the number of active users and is officially the fastest growing Microsoft product of all time. But what does this mean for the Channel and has Microsoft finally managed to solve its biggest Achilles heel… voice?

Guests included:
Adam Zoldan, Director of Knight Corporate Finance (sponsor)
Lucy Green, MD of Larato
Paul Taylor, Sales Director of Voiceflex
Adrian Sunderland, CTO of Jola

EPISODE 5: Kcom finally sold, future of fibre, Woodward’s impact at Aura

In the latest episode of the Channel Insider Podcast David Dungay was joined by industry experts to talk about the investment coming into the UK fibre market, particularly after Kcom was recently sold to private equity for £627m. They also discuss the recent move by Aura Technology to bring Sir Clive Woodward onto the board to drive the business forwards and the synergies between success in sport and business.

Guests included:
Adam Zoldan, Director of Knight Corporate Finance (sponsor)
Tim Walker, Managing Director of Aura Technology
Paul Gibbs, Head of UCaaS and mid-market at Gamma

 

EPISODE 4: 5G pricing shock, G3 & Connect merger and NFON’s M&A strategy

In this episode of the Comms Business Channel Insider Podcast David Dungay is joined by industry experts to discuss the latest significant Channel merger between G3 and Connect, what Vodafone’s 5G pricing means for the market, and how NFON is attacking the hosted space with their M&A fund and what that means for partners.

Panellists included:
Adam Zoldan, Director at Knight Corporate Finance (sponsor)
Adam Simon, CEO of CONTEXTWorld
Adam Sankey, Head of Mobile at Opus Tech
Adrian Sunderland, CTO at Jola
Dominic Black, Senior Analyst at Cavell Group

 

EPISODE 3: What Brexit? M&A mishaps and a different perspective on pricing

This week David was joined by Adam Zoldan, Director of Knight Corporate Finance, Dan Cunliffe, MD of Pangea, and Paul Gibbs, Head of UCaaS and Mid-Market at Gamma.

In this episode the panel discussed the move by NTT to choose London as the location for their new HQ , when M&A can go wrong ( see – IDE Group shares suspended ) and also how the Channel is responding to price pressures in the market and what they could learn from the consumer space.

PANEL: David Dungay – Editor of Comms Business Magazine, Adam Zoldan – Director of Knight Corporate Finance, Dan Cunliffe – MD of Pangea and Paul Gibbs – Head of UCaaS and Mid-Market at Gamma.

 

EPISODE 2: Skill acquisitions and FTTP investment

This week, David was joined by two recent Comms Business Award winners, Cherie Howlett, Marketing Director at Jola and Mark Curtis-Wood, Sales and Marketing Director at Vaioni. Adam Zoldan, Director of Knight Corporate Finance and sponsor of the podcast, also offered his market expertise on the show.

After a flurry of acquisitions at the smaller end of the market the Channel seems to be targeting highly skilled, but small, organisations in order to augment their proposition and grab more of their customers products and services.

Two such acquisitions have happened in the last week when Elite bought MWL for an undisclosed sum and SysGroup purchased Hub Network Services (HNS) for £1.45m.

The investment in fibre start-up businesses is also accelerating at an incredible rate. We have not only seen nearly ten new start-ups hit the market in the last 12 months but they have also attracted tens of millions in investment, partly driven by the National Digital Infrastructure Fund (NDIF) and partly from the private sector. NDIF have pledged £400m to the industry to drive fibre deployments but are confident that the private sector will follow and that could rise to over £1bn.

The latest investment has come from Call Flow Solutions who has managed to secure €30m from European investors for their fibre build out in the south east of England.

 

EPISODE 1: Comms Business launches podcast service with Knight Corporate Finance!

Episode 1 of the Comms Business Podcast was attended by several Channel experts to dissect the latest stories featured on the Comms Business website. This week participants were commenting on the rumours circulating Chess and CEO David Pollock – Is Pollock in for a huge payday?, The latest on the 5G connection forecast and what that means for the Channel – Three UK fires 5G warning shot with impressive rollout plans and the news surrounding Aurora and several other Daisy business units separating from the main group – Aurora launches as new independent business.

Panellists included:
Adam Zoldan, Director of Knight Corporate Finance (sponsor)
Andrew Dickinson, MD of Jola
Dan Cunliffe, MD of Pangea
Paul Gibbs, Head of UCaaS at Gamma
Paul Harrison, Director of EvolveIP (formally thevoicefactory)

 

If you would like to find out how to get involved in the Channel Insider Podcast please email Editor David Dungay at David.Dungay@MarkAllenGroup.com.