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, check out analysis of key findings in the Outcomes report.


We the people are the problem. We the people are the problem. Brahima Sanou, Director, Telecommunications Development Bureau, ITU
Subsidize the users, not the network Helen Lai, Balancing competition and subsidies in broadband promotion,
Networks are something that carriers take very personally Kelly Ahuja, SVP Wireless Technology, Cisco Systems
Subsidize the users, not the network. Helen Lai, Head of Regulatory Division, Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA), Hong Kong, China
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
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
Existing legal frameworks at the moment are really quite inadequate to address the big data phenomenon. Daniel Cooper, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
We are dealing with regulators for telecommunication, but there’s no content regulator and content is the king. Bocar Ba, Chief Executive Office, SAMENA Communications Council
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
The power of technology exceeds the scope of our ethics. Gerd Leonhard, Futurist & CEO, The Futures Agency
So in some ways, it's not just operator business models in danger of being obsoleted, the regulatory model may be just bypassed by a whole web industry. Martin Geddes, Founder, Martin Geddes Consulting
The potential of APT700 megahertz is in excess of 2 billion people. Mike Wright, Executive Director, Networks & Access Technologies, Telstra
Invest in security and privacy frameworks rather than faster networks! Gerd Leonhard, Futurist & CEO, The Futures Agency
The local factor will be a strong driver in the years to come, even more so compared to the global concepts, Twitter, Facebook, which are the front runners of this new digital life. Jon Frederik Baksaas, CEO, Telenor
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
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