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.


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
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
If you are in the telco business, you are in the trust business. Gerd Leonhard, Futurist & CEO, The Futures Agency
Broadband is becoming a form of critical national infrastructure. The whole of society is reorganizing around the assumed existence of broadband…. Telecoms isn’t just about creating a profit for shareholders. It is about creating a digital society – and when we do that, there is an implicit social contract Martin Geddes, Founder, Martin Geddes Consulting
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
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
We are deploying ICTs in many other aspects of life.. they have no choice but to ideologically migrate, culturally migrate and they have to acquire not only the new skills that they need to teach and move their content to the digital classroom, but to also change their ways of life. Fred Matiang'i, Minister, Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology, Kenya
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. Rob Frieden, Pioneers Chair and Professor of Telecommunications and Law, Pennsylvania State University
It's about time regulators also started thinking about more efficient assignment of spectrum. Bob Horton, Board Member, NICTA, Papua New Guinea
There are so many fundamental questions as to what's going to happen. Mobile content, handsets, platforms..the players are shifting, the directions, testing new business models, to try to understand how the markets will be shaped. It is a huge opportunity more than a challenge. Paul Papadimitriou, Innovation Consultant, Digital Intelligence
Don't follow the old models. Old models are no longer appropriate. So think again. Alan Horne, Chief Executive Officer, Broadband Pioneer
Subsidize the users, not the network Helen Lai, Balancing competition and subsidies in broadband promotion,
This idea of having more and more parts of the mobile network move to the cloud to put on computers, virtually, it is an exciting one. Peter Riedl, Executive Vice-President, Rohde & Schwarz
There is no better time for enterprise and OEMs to invest in connected objects. Jean-Pierre Biename, Chairman, UMTS Forum
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
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