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 real true value can only be reaped if the data that you have collected, that operators have collected is being reused over and over and over and over again for multiple different purposes. Viktor Schönberger-Mayer, Professor of Internet Governance & Regulation, Oxford Internet Institute
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
You cannot go country by country and decide what is going to be used for mobile. It has to be harmonized from the outset. François Rancy, Director, Radiocommunication Bureau, ITU
We are applying thought processes from a circuit type world and inventing new words like bandwidth so we can use the old familiar thought processes in an inappropriate way in this new world. Martin Geddes, Founder, Martin Geddes Consulting
There is no better time for enterprise and OEMs to invest in connected objects. Jean-Pierre Biename, Chairman, UMTS Forum
The desktop internet meant the web, a web browser, web pages, web search; mobile internet means webs, apps, location, voice, prediction and other things that have not been devised yet. Benedict Evans, Strategy Consultant, Enders Analysis
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
We are entering an age of privacy and security failure. Gerd Leonhard, Futurist & CEO, The Futures Agency
Don't follow the old models. Old models are no longer appropriate. So think again. Alan Horne, Chief Executive Officer, Broadband Pioneer
My view is the value in whether it's voice or messaging is not about minutes or messages, it's about why you are making that call and what you would do with the information afterwards. It's intents and purpose, not transport. Dean Bubley, Founder & Director, Disruptive Analysis
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
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
Existing legal frameworks at the moment are really quite inadequate to address the big data phenomenon. Daniel Cooper, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
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
Regulation is a different type of service that really calls for more of an enabling kind of agency‑wide or government‑wide policy. Jacquelynn Ruff, Vice-President, International Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Verizon Communications
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