Sunday, 23 July 2017

MWC 2017: Choose your own adventure

By Nick Wood, Total Telecom in Barcelona
Friday 03 March 17

When high-speed networks and AI combine, the results could be beautiful or catastrophic; either way, telcos are in for a wild ride.

If telecoms starred in a Choose Your Own Adventure book, Mobile World Congress presented our protagonist with a dilemma of critical importance: artificial intelligence is coming; do you embrace it knowing that it may end civilisation? Or do you take a more cautious approach, knowing that by doing so, you may go out of business? I suspect that a clear majority of operators at the show this year would without question take that first option and worry about the civilisation part later. After all, the application of AI to mobile networks can maximise capacity and solve any problems before end users even notice anything is awry. Just ask Scott Sumner…

If telecoms starred in a Choose Your Own Adventure book, Mobile World Congress presented our protagonist with a dilemma of critical importance: artificial intelligence is coming; do you embrace it knowing that it may end civilisation? Or do you take a more cautious approach, knowing that by doing so, you may go out of business? I suspect that a clear majority of operators at the show this year would without question take that first option and worry about the civilisation part later. After all, the application of AI to mobile networks can maximise capacity and solve any problems before end users even notice anything is awry. Just ask Scott Sumner…

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