Forum: Future in Focus
Radical change is transforming the ICT industry, the ecosystem, our world. Explore the new realities, debate the implications for our businesses, societies and lives, understand future scenarios
Interactive discussions at ITU Telecom World 2014 examined the key trends and developments in technology, regulatory and policy issues, business models, services and applications – focusing on three major scenarios:
While the internet disrupts the entertainment industries on an unprecedented scale, broadband and virtualization are the new game changers transforming the communication services landscape. How could this benefit the telecoms sector and national digital plans? How will shared and cloud infrastructure impact the market and penetration of broadband? What disruptive scenarios are on the horizon?
Opportunities in vertical markets involve partnering with other sectors moving beyond the traditional infrastructure-focus and ‘silo-ed’ business models. Telcos are just one of the stakeholders in these new environments. Cross-sector partnering can be problematic; what options are available?
Debates informed participants in their future decision making and approach, whether in terms of innovation, policy, regulatory direction, company strategy or technology focus. Combining government perspectives with contrasting industry viewpoints guarantees a broad-reaching debate on these critical issues.
The intelligent future
Huge promise is offered by developments such as the Internet of Things, advances in artificial intelligence, the deployment of intelligent software, big data-centric applications and innovative business models. What are the regulatory and policy issues involved? The business models, services and applications? The enabling tools, techniques and technologies?
Convergence of regulation, once done, it has to match with an objective which is the development and the growth of our society because regulating for the sake of regulating without benefits, to us, is meaningless., Chief Executive Office
SAMENA Communications Council
ARPU could be as low as a dollar come 202 in the developed western world., Partner, Technology Media & Telecommunications
The potential of APT700 megahertz is in excess of 2 billion people., Executive Director
Networks & Access Technologies, Telstra
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., Founder
Martin Geddes Consulting
So recognize and engage with a change which is inevitable. Voice and telephony were the same thing for 100 years, they are not going to be the same thing. And if you try to limit user behavior and fight demands, then you can hold it back for a while, but you are guaranteed to ultimately lose that game., Founder
Martin Geddes Consulting
We the people are the problem. We the people are the problem., Director, Telecommunications Development Bureau
Trust becomes something of a very valuable currency in the market space. And therefore, we’ll see more trust-related services develop., Professor of Internet Governance & Regulation
Oxford Internet Institute
Technology has always been ahead of regulation., Secretary General
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., Partner
Covington & Burling LLP
Only you control the internet and if you do something for IPv6 in your country, you will contribute to the world of communications., Founder & President
Experts drawn from public, private and research sectors explore the core issues facing ICTs today from contrasting perspectives. Interactive, free of presentations or pre-set agendas, often passionate, panel sessions encourage contributions and questions from audiences both onsite and online.
Keynotes & High-level Debates
Industry leaders offer their personal viewpoints and powerful insider insights on future directions within the ICT industry, kicking off debate at the highest level on policies, perspectives and best practices from across the globe.
One industry representative or professional media moderator. Three or four influential representatives of government, industry, regulatory or academic bodies. One plenary audience ready to engage on ICT issues. The makings of a Big Conversation.
Forum sessions or facilitated workshops organized by ITU but shaped by input and contributions from interested companies or organizations.
Participatory sessions addressing specific topics in a more informal environment that can include presentations, group discussions, question and answer sessions and in-depth technical information.
ITU Telecom World Masterclasses
ITU Telecom World Masterclasses offered a series of invitation-only sessions designed exclusively for National Pavilion delegations to enhance the networking, showcasing and learning opportunities of ITU Telecom World 2014. Each Masterclass was delivered by experienced practioners and provided expert insights and practical tools to help delegates address key issues in the world of ICT, both in general and in terms of specific national projects: