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 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. Daniel Cooper, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
My view is the value in whether it's voice or messaging is not about minutes or messages, it's about why you are making that call and what you would do with the information afterwards. It's intents and purpose, not transport. Dean Bubley, Founder & Director, Disruptive Analysis
Regulation is not science. This is more like art. Wonki Min, Director General, Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning of Korea
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, Zain Africa
We are applying thought processes from a circuit type world and inventing new words like bandwidth so we can use the old familiar thought processes in an inappropriate way in this new world. Martin Geddes, Founder, Martin Geddes Consulting
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. Malcolm Johnson, Director, Telecommunications Standardization Bureau, ITU
The telcos have the ability to aggregate what the risks are and (are) seen to be trustworthy in execution, if not in speed. Thomas Michael Bohnert, Senior Research Scientist, Zurich University of Applied Sciences
It's about time regulators also started thinking about more efficient assignment of spectrum. Bob Horton, Board Member, NICTA, Papua New Guinea
Any one who doesn't understand the true needs of the customer will perish. Martin Geddes, Founder, Martin Geddes 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
Cracking this monopoly of cloud computing is a fundamental. Latif Ladid, Founder & President, IPv6 Forum
Invest in security and privacy frameworks rather than faster networks! Gerd Leonhard, Futurist & CEO, The Futures Agency
The local factor will be a strong driver in the years to come, even more so compared to the global concepts, Twitter, Facebook, which are the front runners of this new digital life. Jon Frederik Baksaas, CEO, Telenor
We are entering an age of privacy and security failure. Gerd Leonhard, Futurist & CEO, The Futures Agency
We traditionally... looked at the exclusive access to spectrum model where you have a single license that provides a single operator with guaranteed access and they can offer a guaranteed quality of service and they can charge a premium for that. We are now looking at a hybrid model. We call it authorized spectrum access -- a model where an operator can access spectrum that is encumbered by a government service, say, a radar service, but spectrum is not efficiently used. Alex Orange, Director, Government Affairs, Southeast & Pacific, Qualcomm
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