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.

Subsidize the users, not the network. Helen Lai, Head of Regulatory Division, Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA), Hong Kong, China
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
We saw that 50% of people that live in urban Africa, in major cities are already online. 50% across all socioeconomic levels. What's also striking is that there's about half of them online every day for quite a long time. In urban centres, the demand by Africans for using the internet in their lives is already happening. Safroadu Yeboah-Amankwah, Director and leader, McKinsey's Business Technology Practice, McKinsey
Education for all only can be realized if you have Internet for all. Ahmad Shabery Cheek, Minister, Ministry of Communications and Multimedia, Malaysia
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
Regulation is not science. This is more like art. Wonki Min, Director General, Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning of Korea
Invest in security and privacy frameworks rather than faster networks! Gerd Leonhard, Futurist & CEO, The Futures Agency
Digital migration is held hostage to the interests of broadcasters. Fred Matiang'i, Minister, Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology, Kenya
Networks are something that carriers take very personally Kelly Ahuja, SVP Wireless Technology, Cisco Systems
Technology has always been ahead of regulation. Hamadoun I. Touré, Secretary General, ITU
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. Bocar Ba, Chief Executive Office, SAMENA Communications Council
Any one who doesn't understand the true needs of the customer will perish. Martin Geddes, Founder, Martin Geddes Consulting
You cannot go country by country and decide what is going to be used for mobile. It has to be harmonized from the outset. François Rancy, Director, Radiocommunication Bureau, ITU
We have been saying that we need to invest in training and equipping the teachers for the digital classroom for more than a decade, and it still hasn't happened. That takes pedagogy as well. Tim Unwin, Secretary General, Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation
Don't follow the old models. Old models are no longer appropriate. So think again. Alan Horne, Chief Executive Officer, Broadband Pioneer
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