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.


It's about connecting with the consumers, connecting with the advertiser, whether it is a mobile, a tablet, a desktop, it is a channel to market. Robbie Hills, Head of Media Technologies - China, South East Asia & India, Google
There is no better time for enterprise and OEMs to invest in connected objects. Jean-Pierre Biename, Chairman, UMTS Forum
Cracking this monopoly of cloud computing is a fundamental. Latif Ladid, Founder & President, IPv6 Forum
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
The real answer for telcos is not to combat but to work with the OTT organisations as partners. Peter Mercieca, Partner, Technology Media & Telecommunications, KPMG
Subsidize the users, not the network Helen Lai, Balancing competition and subsidies in broadband promotion,
IPTV is going to drive a lot of traffic, a lot of downstream traffic, and the models for regulatory and financial compensation are not yet well suited to make that adaptation or adjustment. Rob Frieden, Pioneers Chair and Professor of Telecommunications and Law, Pennsylvania State University
It's not easy but I think one of the things that's important is for regulators to understand in the past there's been one or two products and in the future there's going to be hundreds or thousands and it's not going to be possible to regulate all of them and they're all going to look very different, so how do we go from the two product world to the 2000 product world. Martin Geddes, Founder, Martin Geddes Consulting
Invest in security and privacy frameworks rather than faster networks! Gerd Leonhard, Futurist & CEO, The Futures Agency
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
Only you control the internet and if you do something for IPv6 in your country, you will contribute to the world of communications. Latif Ladid, Founder & President, IPv6 Forum
Technology reaches kids in ways that nothing else can. Mario Coronado, Director, Fundación Telefónica, Peru
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
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
Education for all only can be realized if you have Internet for all. Ahmad Shabery Cheek, Minister, Ministry of Communications and Multimedia, Malaysia
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