LAS VEGAS – MWC23 – Innovation was the marketing theme of this week's gathering of "over 8,000" attendees at the American edition of Mobile World Congress, but network openness and spectrum sharing were the top discussion points in the convention hallways and hotel lobbies.
In this video, Light Reading's Mike Dano and Phil Harvey discuss some highlights from the show, including the White House and Defense Department conversations on spectrum sharing facilitated by the National Spectrum Coalition and the resilience and hope during wartime offered by Kyivstar CTO Volodymyr Lutchenko.
And, yes, they did have time for open RAN. Mike and Phil discussed the industry's reluctance to build open networks despite this being a request from federal government agencies.
The editors also recap Ericsson's announcement from earlier this week and discuss whether that was a step toward more industry fragmentation.
Unfortunately, the duo did not take the time to explore the intricacies and implications of net neutrality since the room they chose to film in did not have a large enough chalkboard to scratch their fingernails on.
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