Industry comments

Experts from public and private sectors, from around the world and across the ICT ecosystem have their say on key industry issues at ITU Telecom World.

If you’re interested in finding out more, visit the Sessions on Video to view the debates in full, or check out analysis of key findings in the Outcomes report.


The potential of APT700 megahertz is in excess of 2 billion people. Mike Wright, Executive Director, Networks & Access Technologies, Telstra
We are entering an age of privacy and security failure. Gerd Leonhard, Futurist & CEO, The Futures Agency
We traditionally... looked at the exclusive access to spectrum model where you have a single license that provides a single operator with guaranteed access and they can offer a guaranteed quality of service and they can charge a premium for that. We are now looking at a hybrid model. We call it authorized spectrum access -- a model where an operator can access spectrum that is encumbered by a government service, say, a radar service, but spectrum is not efficiently used. Alex Orange, Director, Government Affairs, Southeast & Pacific, Qualcomm
Subsidize the users, not the network. Helen Lai, Head of Regulatory Division, Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA), Hong Kong, China
The power of technology exceeds the scope of our ethics. Gerd Leonhard, Futurist & CEO, The Futures Agency
Trust becomes something of a very valuable currency in the market space. And therefore, we’ll see more trust-related services develop. Viktor Schönberger-Mayer, Professor of Internet Governance & Regulation, Oxford Internet Institute
There are so many fundamental questions as to what's going to happen. Mobile content, handsets, platforms..the players are shifting, the directions, testing new business models, to try to understand how the markets will be shaped. It is a huge opportunity more than a challenge. Paul Papadimitriou, Innovation Consultant, Digital Intelligence
We talk about the Facebooks, Twitter, Google Pluses, but at the end of the day, the center of everything is in there (your mobile phone). Paul Papadimitriou, Innovation Consultant, Digital Intelligence
Don't let the virtue of being a good human being be sacrificed in this digital age. Dr. Prasit Prapinmongkolkarn, Emeritus Professor and Chair Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
If you are in the telco business, you are in the trust business. Gerd Leonhard, Futurist & CEO, The Futures Agency
We the people are the problem. We the people are the problem. Brahima Sanou, Director, Telecommunications Development Bureau, ITU
The core principle, that regulations should try to protect the consumers.. and then we encourage the consumers to have knowledge of it, in advance of technology, and at the same time, we encourage the operators to have social responsibility. And if we have problems, we will be prepared for the dispute setup mechanism. Suthiphon Thaveechaiyagarn, Commissioner, NBTC, Thailand
Lots of applications are being done in different parts of the world, lots of trials being done. Full scale virtualization will be a journey, probably by 2018 there’ll be a lot of scale deployment. Kelly Ahuja, SVP Wireless Technology, Cisco Systems
The kids grow up with computers. Maybe the teacher didn't. They need the confidence. They need the training. John Davies, Vice President, Intel World Ahead Program, Intel Corporation
The data by itself is not all that interesting.  It is when you make it actionable and it is providing the insights.  And that is where the data analytics is key to creating the value going forward. Robert Pepper, Vice President, Global Technology Policy, Cisco Systems
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