MWC: Humanity Blinked

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I have attended MWC for more than a decade and each one had a unique feel and technology focus. I vividly recall how almost 10 years to the day that the key takeaway of MWC13 was that Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) which had only recently emerged was rapidly starting to take hold and if successful would have major ramifications for service providers, vendors, and end-users.

AI Automation and Integration

Ten years on at last week’s MWC23, a sense of Deja-vu came over me as I watched several cloud-based demonstrations. Like NFV I had not anticipated the pace or adoption scope that service providers were committed to in terms of integrating their networks with hyperscalers. It’s real and will be generational. Two use cases stood out. Integration of service provider 5G networks to support heavily automated public networks like fulfillment centers as well as spinning 5G core and RAN controllers for disaster recovery or scale. One of the most interesting parts in both cases was just hyperscalers’ willingness to allow service provider developers access to the “stack” so they can create or customize enterprise applications.

The strong focus on private networks makes sense given

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