MWC was abuzz with conversations around AI, open RAN and network APIs, but the recipe for translating some of these technologies into revenue remains a mystery.

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Kelsey Ziser, Mike Danoand 3 more

March 7, 2024

At a Glance

  • We're still bitter that open RAN looks completely different from how it was pitched a few years ago (02:19)
  • Qualcomm and Intel want to move AI out of the data center. Also, Iain and Mike are the same person (04:09)
  • AT&T addresses the network outage that occurred right before MWC (18:43)

With tapas and cervezas in the rear view, Light Reading's Mike Dano, Phil Harvey, Tereza Krásová and Iain Morris recap the conversations around AI, open radio access network (RAN) technology, sustainability and other topics that dominated this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC). The COVID-19 shutdown that brought MWC to a screeching halt is but a distant memory, with 101,000 attendees flocking to Barcelona this year. 

In addition, Mike discusses AT&T's response to its recent network outage, and Iain explains why APIs aren't likely to bring in the revenue service providers are hoping for. 

Check out all of Light Reading's MWC coverage here

Click on the caption button for a lightly edited transcript.

Here are a few topics we cover:

  • Mike is adamant that tapas aren't real food. (00:58)

  • We're still bitter that open RAN looks completely different from how it was pitched a few years ago. (02:19)

  • Qualcomm and Intel want to move AI out of the data center. Also, Iain and Mike are the same person. (04:09)

  • We're not sure what to make of the flashy side of MWC. (11:48)

  • Orange Business and Cisco partner to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. (13:38)

  • AT&T addresses the network outage that occurred right before MWC. (18:43)

  • It's a mystery why Wi-Fi is still being used at a cellular show. (24:14)

  • Mike and Kelsey are directionally challenged. (25:49)

  • Iain says the focus on trying to find value in network APIs is a desperate move by telcos. (29:17)

  • The press room got a facelift. (31:50)

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About the Author(s)

Kelsey Ziser

Senior Editor, Light Reading

Kelsey is a senior editor at Light Reading, co-host of the Light Reading podcast, and host of the "What's the story?" podcast.

Her interest in the telecom world started with a PR position at Connect2 Communications, which led to a communications role at the FREEDM Systems Center, a smart grid research lab at N.C. State University. There, she orchestrated their webinar program across college campuses and covered research projects such as the center's smart solid-state transformer.

Kelsey enjoys reading four (or 12) books at once, watching movies about space travel, crafting and (hoarding) houseplants.

Kelsey is based in Raleigh, N.C.

Mike Dano

Editorial Director, 5G & Mobile Strategies, Light Reading

Mike Dano is Light Reading's Editorial Director, 5G & Mobile Strategies. Mike can be reached at [email protected], @mikeddano or on LinkedIn.

Based in Denver, Mike has covered the wireless industry as a journalist for almost two decades, first at RCR Wireless News and then at FierceWireless and recalls once writing a story about the transition from black and white to color screens on cell phones.

Phil Harvey

Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

Phil Harvey has been a Light Reading writer and editor for more than 18 years combined. He began his second tour as the site's chief editor in April 2020.

His interest in speed and scale means he often covers optical networking and the foundational technologies powering the modern Internet.

Harvey covered networking, Internet infrastructure and dot-com mania in the late 90s for Silicon Valley magazines like UPSIDE and Red Herring before joining Light Reading (for the first time) in late 2000.

After moving to the Republic of Texas, Harvey spent eight years as a contributing tech writer for D CEO magazine, producing columns about tech advances in everything from supercomputing to cellphone recycling.

Harvey is an avid photographer and camera collector – if you accept that compulsive shopping and "collecting" are the same.

Tereza Krásová

Associate Editor, Light Reading

Associate Editor, Light Reading

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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