Howard Watson, chief security and networks officer at BT, met up with Light Reading at MWC to discuss the topic du jour (AI) and its impact on telecom networks.

Iain Morris, International Editor

February 29, 2024

At a Glance

  • How telecom networks are evolving into distributed computing platforms.
  • Role of 'Infiniband' technology and how capabilities of Ethernet compare.
  • Opportunities for telcos putting AI applications at the edge.

MWC24 – BARCELONA – With artificial intelligence (AI) occupying everyone's hearts and minds at this year's Mobile World Congress, Light Reading met up with Howard Watson, BT's chief security and networks officer, on the sidelines of the conference to discuss the current state of AI and GenAI in the world of telecom, what's next in the overall AI revolution and where opportunities lie in putting AI applications at the edge.

(For an unedited transcript, click the caption button on the video player.)

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About the Author(s)

Iain Morris

International Editor, Light Reading

Iain Morris joined Light Reading as News Editor at the start of 2015 -- and we mean, right at the start. His friends and family were still singing Auld Lang Syne as Iain started sourcing New Year's Eve UK mobile network congestion statistics. Prior to boosting Light Reading's UK-based editorial team numbers (he is based in London, south of the river), Iain was a successful freelance writer and editor who had been covering the telecoms sector for the past 15 years. His work has appeared in publications including The Economist (classy!) and The Observer, besides a variety of trade and business journals. He was previously the lead telecoms analyst for the Economist Intelligence Unit, and before that worked as a features editor at Telecommunications magazine. Iain started out in telecoms as an editor at consulting and market-research company Analysys (now Analysys Mason).

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