Testimonials

Don’t just take our word for it on the value of ITU Telecom World events. Find out what our participants have to say about the benefits of being part of our global platform for governments, corporates and tech SMEs.


 

ITU Telecom World 2018

This shows us that we are global village - coming together with different opinions, you can exchange ideas, you see a lot of your customers which helps, and ITU did a great job in bringing the people together. Dirk Czepluch, Managing Director & CEO, Rohde & Schwarz ipoque GmbH
You can catch up with colleagues from industry or from other sectors, you can share best practices and the nice thing is that everyone is on the same page related to 5G, you have countries that are more advanced than others but there is big progress also in developing markets, that’s great to hear. Marc Vancoppenolle, Global Head of Government Relations, NOKIA
Attending an event like this is a great platform for us to connect with many of the partners that we work with today that we don’t get to see on a regular basis. We get to connect with our global peers who are playing important roles in digitizing not just the continent but the globe. Reshaad Sha, CEO, Liquid Telecom
We are very happy to be part of this experience, I think it is of great value for us considering the partnerships we have built here, the people we have met and the deals we have actually finalised. It is always a pleasure to see the whole world in one place and get to know each other, and we would love to be part of this experience for as long as it takes. Bazara Imam Ali Barry, Director, Business Development, NCTR, Sudan
It’s very green! We have only had to travel hundreds of metres up and down the hall to meet regulators, ministers, important people – it has saved me so much time and effort, very, very worthwhile. Jack Buechler, Chief Operating Officer, Quika
It is a fantastic gathering bringing together professionals from the industry, the public, the UN organizations, the officials to talk to each other, to have heated discussions…this is how you get new ideas, this is how you identify opportunities and challenges. Dr. Amani Abou - Zeid, Commissioner, African Union Commission
It’s been brilliant to be able to meet so many ministers, regulators, directors of ICT all within one space, whereas normally we would have had to travel thousands of miles. Andy Bates, Executive Director, UK & EMEA, Global Cyber Alliance
This event is eye-opening to all of us. Our SMEs and all our colleagues will take the good ideas here and see how they can implement them at home, see what is happening elsewhere in the continent and beyond, and be able to dream of a better future enabled by all the development in the sector Prof. Américo F. Muchanga, Director General, INCM, Mozambique
Digital fiat currency can benefit all the developing countries, so ITU Telecom World is a very good place for us to spread the message. David Wen, Chair, ITU Focus Group on Digital Fiat Currency
These events are very important as we talk about everything, you see the points of view of other people which are interesting, share your points of view and you have the framework to collaborate in a better way. César Alierta Izuel, Chairman, Foundatión Telefónica
We have big challenges across these markets which we cannot confront on our own, so this combination of the operators, the policy makers, the governments and civil society, we have to work together to solve the challenges and what the ITU does is bring everyone together at the same time, which I think is hugely powerful. Rob Shuter, Group President & CEO, MTN
It is a great opportunity to be here and participate at such a big event. It gives us lots of possibilities to meet other regulators who have already implemented new techniques, we can share their experience. It’s marvellous and an excellent opportunity. Mindaugas Žilinskas, Deputy Director, CRA, Republic of Lithuania
It’s not just about getting more information or interacting with industry leaders and our customers or stakeholders. It’s also creating that awareness of the new technology era we are moving into. Hennie Venter, CEO, GEW Technologies Ltd
We take it as a learning platform, an opportunity to see new technologies and learn a lot from our colleagues who are ahead of us and to develop the ICT sector in Malawi. Ben Chitsonga, Director of Finance, MACRA, Malawi
ITU Telecom World has been a fantastic event, a great opportunity for us to engage with different stakeholders on bettering societies through adopting smart solutions. I don’t think there’s any better place for that dialogue than ITU Telecom. Ravi Suchak, VP, Public Affairs, EMEA, American Tower Corporation

ITU Telecom World 2017

The themes are really relevant here, we know that AI will bring a lot of opportunities but it also has its challenges which need to be mitigated in time, so having this forum here bringing experts together from around the world to talk about these matters is essential. Marc Vancoppenolle, Global Head of Government Relations, Nokia
This global platform is an opportunity to introduce ourselves and get to know other companies and innovative solution providers, to bridge the gap, identify resources that we can use in our country, and look for investors and partnerships in our development. Debretsion G Michael, Minister of MCIT, Ethiopia
We have to be talking about sustainable development through transformational smart solutions, and this is the way to go - we have to learn from each other and we have to implement fast. François Régis Gatarayiha, Permanent Secretary, MiTEC Rwanda
Every time we come here, we come out with a new mindset. It’s a win-win situation, we come out with new partners, government agencies see our product and are excited and we are able to go there and maximise their revenue or implement our systems over there. These are kind of relationships we have got through ITU, so we think we can learn something and give something to the society. Birendra Sasmal, Chief Executive Officer, Subah
The most important thing is to meet the people, to meet the network, to see what other people are thinking about the same challenges we are facing, and to find solutions together, which is only possible at gatherings such as ITU Telecom World. Ammar Alkassar, CEO, Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity
This is a good opportunity for me, I learnt a lot at this event which will help me to help other girls to empower themselves in their country to love ICT and to pursue that career. Akimana Leah, Winner of Miss Geek, Rwanda
I think this event is very important to facilitate the global dialogue between regulators from around the world and the ICT sector. We can come together here and have a constructive and instructive dialogue. Donna Bethea-Murphy, Senior VP, Regulatory Policy, Inmarsat
This event has been awesome for me in terms of networking and learning. This type of event brings everyone together to meet and get a good picture of what is happening. Ozzeir Khan, Chief, ICT Business Relationship Management, United Nations
This is a very good opportunity to know the global situation and what kind of concerns people have, and to introduce our technology and how it helps other people. Satoshi Amagai, President & CEO, Morfiria
It is very valuable. We have to learn what the advanced countries do, how they develop their digital economy, how they can maximise digital technology to the economic or social benefit of the people - that is our main objective at this conference. H.E. Rudiantara, Minister of ICT, Indonesia
The value is huge because it is an excellent platform, you have the conference sessions, you have the networking and you have the exhibition - so it is a good cocktail. Marc Vancoppenolle, Global Head of Government Relations, Nokia
It is important that even as a small nation we can showcase what we are doing and be able to learn from developed countries so we can bridge the digital gap. Ben Chitsonga, Finanical Director, MACRA, Malawi
It is a hub where ICT decisions makers and experts meet to identify the vision for the future of ICT. Mostafa Essa, RAN Design & Strategy Specialist, Vodafone Egypt
It is so exciting to be here, it is a great, great, great conference and exhibition! All these different experts from around the world come together to share ideas, collaborate and evolve the discussion, all these stakeholders come together to further science and innovation. No other entity can do that in the same fashion worldwide. Stephen Ibaraki, Founding Chair, Global Industry Council, Founder of AI for Good Global Summit
It is an international showcase where we are able to show to the world what we are doing but also it is a good learning process for us to learn a lot and move forward as a nation. Ben Chitsonga, Finanical Director, MACRA, Malawi

ITU Telecom World 2016

Participating in ITU is really great leverage for us to introduce our technology to a global market. Sung Yoonju, , Ripplebuds
We in the UN community must reach out to diverse audiences, to understand and define collectively what the opportunities are, if we are going to deliver on our mandate of having impact where it is most needed, and that is what brings us to this type of forum. Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
ITU Telecom World is the biggest and most important event which connects business to government, governments to business, to benchmark, develop, connect with companies, industries and developing countries.   Sang Hun Lee, Senior Director, MSIP Korea
I see a lot of value in attending this event, meeting and networking with the regulators, the telcos, with all the industry players here and the potential partnerships and collaboration that we can look forward to. Yvette Oh, Group Executive, Market Development, APMEA, International Markets (IMK), MasterCard Worldwide
We are able to share the Kenyan experience, to showcase our innovations and compare what is happening globally, and have the opportunity to identify key collaborators that can work with the government to help develop the ICT agenda in Kenya. Sammy Itemere, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Information and Communications, Kenya
For the many ministers and policy makers and industry leaders who where here, it is the perfect environment to share ideas and strategies on how to move forward, how to develop this industry that is a key tool for sectors of the industry. This is really the place to come for partnerships and sharing information. Hamadoun I. Touré, Executive Director, SMART Africa Alliance
Japan have been supporting and collaborating with the ITU event and exhibition for a long time, we are very much pleased to work with ITU and to find potential partners for collaboration: especially towards giving social benefit.   Hiroshi Kumagai, Former Vice President, Director General of Resilient ICT Research Center, NICT
It is key to be in these forums and talk about what we can do together, organize that ecosystem, bring everyone to the same table, integrating the different worlds, because today everything is converging. Carlos Cornejo, Senior Vice President / Group Head New Consumers, Public Sector & Humanitarian Products, MasterCard Worldwide
It is a very good platform to meet people not only from our sector but from other sectors, SMEs and start-ups. Bringing all these people together as new value chains are being created is absolutely critical.   Marc Vancoppenolle, Global Head, Nokia Government Relations
You can make a tour of the world in a small space, visit stands from neighbours and the rest of the world to see and exchange experiences, in a way which would not otherwise be possible.   Alain Claude Bilie-Bi-Nze, Ministre d'État, Ministre de l'Economie numérique, de la Communication, de la Culture et des Arts, Gabon
My panel was a very fertile conversation, these are the kind of conversations that can happen here and we can move forward with better ideas.   Astrid Tuminez, Regional Director, Corporate, External and Legal Affairs, South East Asia, Microsoft
It’s extremely valuable, this is the place to meet the right people, have the right discussions, bring attention to important issues and have very valuable bilateral meeting with industry colleagues and regulators, to address new challenges in this co-creative way.   Tomas Lamanauskas, Group Director Public Policy, Vimpelcom
There is a huge benefit of being here, this is a great place to meet both telecom operators and regulators from around the world, a great opportunity to meet with government officials in developing countries, to be enthused by our efforts to bridge the digital divide; and it’s a very relaxed environment in which to do it.   Suneet Singh Tuli, CEO, Datawind
It is very important for us as we get to do two things: we present what we can contribute to other organizations but we can also to see what member states as well as private and public sector can give to us, how we can find areas of collaboration, and creating innovation centres. Erzen Ilijazi, Director, Global Operations Div., Office of ICT, U.N.
The ITU is a leading light in setting international standards for evolving technologies and putting in place the rules of engagement for companies in mobile communications, so it is very important to have a presence here. David Harmon, VP, Huawei Global Government Affairs