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.


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
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
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
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 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 world of big data is extremely tempting and will be a lot of companies that will say, there's so much great value to be derived from it and we will play it the way we want to play it and ignore what regulators asked us to do. Daniel Cooper, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
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
There is no better time for enterprise and OEMs to invest in connected objects. Jean-Pierre Biename, Chairman, UMTS Forum
You're not just competing with the infrastructure but competing about the time to market with 25 million others. Thomas Michael Bohnert, Senior Research Scientist, Zurich University of Applied Sciences
21st Century skills and 21st Century learning actually implies that teachers have to change their pedagogy and the way that they teach and understand how the students learn. Tony Brandenburg, International Consultant, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
Of all the broadband devices in the world, in 5 years time the vast majority will be mobile and will be used in low-income countries rather than high-income countries. David Lewin, Director, Plum Consulting
The magic is happening in the open space. Thomas Michael Bohnert, Senior Research Scientist, Zurich University of Applied Sciences
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
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
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