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MWC Las Vegas – More spectrum, less regulation and AI for allMWC Las Vegas – More spectrum, less regulation and AI for all

Light Reading's Phil Harvey dishes on MWC Las Vegas and the challenges telcos face in deploying generative AI tools.

Kelsey Ziser, Phil Harvey

September 26, 2023

At a Glance

  • More spectrum, no regulation and no taxes, please (00:59)
  • Challenges telcos are facing in deploying generative AI tools (02:09)
  • Two main takeaways from the event (06:17)

LAS VEGAS – MWC – Light Reading's Phil Harvey joins the podcast live from Mobile World Congress Las Vegas to paint a picture of service providers' vision of utopia – all the spectrum they could ask for and less government regulation. While they wish upon a star for that dreamy day to come, telcos face a few immediate challenges in deploying AI tools.

Phil dives into the challenges telcos are facing in deciding how best to deploy generative AI tools and why they'll likely have to rely on cloud providers to support their AI strategies. 

Click on the caption button for a lightly edited transcript.

Here are a few topics we covered:

  • More spectrum, no regulation and no taxes, please (00:59)

  • Challenges service providers are facing such as how to approach AI, when and where to add AI to network operations and how to make money from AI tools (02:09)

  • Why vendors are focused on developing 6G technology (04:04)

  • Two main takeaways from the event (06:17)

  • Why Phil is looking forward to speaking with Verizon at the show (07:30)

  • Phil isn't quite ready to ride the Las Vegas Loop, but check back tomorrow (10:24)

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.

Phil Harvey

Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading, 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 unsung 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 one-off columns about everything from supercomputing startups to nanotech discoveries.

Harvey is an avid photographer and camera collector, an art-forward spin on his proclivity to walk slowly, look up at tall buildings and wear bulky jackets with a confounding number of pockets.

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