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?
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) need to accommodate the heterogeneity of the devices and uses when we are talking about machines to people or people to machines back to people., Vice President
Global Technology Policy, Cisco Systems
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., Founder
Martin Geddes Consulting
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., Pioneers Chair and Professor of Telecommunications and Law
Pennsylvania State University
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)., Innovation Consultant
Education for all only can be realized if you have Internet for all., Minister
Ministry of Communications and Multimedia, Malaysia
Speed or bandwidth in context of broadband is no longer a helpful model for thinking about this product or service., Founder
Martin Geddes Consulting
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
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., Director
Technology has always been ahead of regulation., Secretary General
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: