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.


There are no solutions, only tradeoffs. Peter Pitsch, Executive Director, Communications Policy and Associate General Counsel, Intel Corporation
I believe we are in front of radical change in the industry, and most of us completely underestimate the impact. Thomas Magedanz, Head of NGN Division, Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS
The core theory of IT is about achieving an end, it's not about IT for the sake of IT. It's the same for apps. Peter Mercieca, Partner, Technology Media & Telecommunications, KPMG
There is something tactile, it is needy in everybody here, the need to communicate with each other. that's where the power is in marketing and marketers are enabling or able to actually access that power and use that power for personal communication, it is a fundamental on everybody's mobile. It is a very personal project. Oscar Veronese, SVP Asia, InternetQ
Don't follow the old models. Old models are no longer appropriate. So think again. Alan Horne, Chief Executive Officer, Broadband Pioneer
A mobile-first approach to business processes and design can take the user experience to another level inside the enterprise and solve real business problems. Mobile interfaces provide detailed insights and analytics never before seen on any device or interface. , Former CEO, Zain Africa
Consequential economies of scale from the use of international standards reduces the cost, increases competition, and lowers costs both to vendors, to service providers and to consumers. Malcolm Johnson, Director, Telecommunications Standardization Bureau, ITU
There is no better time for enterprise and OEMs to invest in connected objects. Jean-Pierre Biename, Chairman, UMTS Forum
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
Regulation is not science. This is more like art. Wonki Min, Director General, Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning of Korea
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
The real value is in the services, not the competition, because competition is easier to achieve in businesses or in densely populated areas, but in rural areas, forget it. Jaume Salvat, Founder & Partner, Aggaros
Our values are much stronger than just the technologies we are seeing in the past five years. Paul Papadimitriou, Innovation Consultant, Digital Intelligence
The opportunities presented by big data are simply too great that the laws will have to change and that will be the real challenge for us in the years ahead: how to arrive at a sensible balance between privacy rights whilst still not chilling big data initiatives. Daniel Cooper, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
We have been saying that we need to invest in training and equipping the teachers for the digital classroom for more than a decade, and it still hasn't happened. That takes pedagogy as well. Tim Unwin, Secretary General, Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation
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