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?
The real answer for telcos is not to combat but to work with the OTT organisations as partners., Partner, Technology Media & Telecommunications
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., Founder & Partner
Education for all only can be realized if you have Internet for all., Minister
Ministry of Communications and Multimedia, Malaysia
Subsidize the users, not the network., Head of Regulatory Division
Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA), Hong Kong, China
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., International Consultant
International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
Consequential economies of scale from the use of international standards reduces the cost, increases competition, and lowers costs both to vendors, to service providers and to consumers., Director, Telecommunications Standardization Bureau
It's about time regulators also started thinking about more efficient assignment of spectrum., Board Member
NICTA, Papua New Guinea
Big data is inevitable but what hasn't caught up is how people react to it and control it., Director
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
We the people are the problem. We the people are the problem., Director, Telecommunications Development Bureau
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: