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 ubiquity of the mobile service really changes the equation for sharing spectrum. Julie Napier Zoller, Deputy Coordinator, International Communications and Information Policy (CIP), United States Department of State
Invest in security and privacy frameworks rather than faster networks! Gerd Leonhard, Futurist & CEO, The Futures Agency
There is no better time for enterprise and OEMs to invest in connected objects. Jean-Pierre Biename, Chairman, UMTS Forum
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
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
It's about connecting with the consumers, connecting with the advertiser, whether it is a mobile, a tablet, a desktop, it is a channel to market. Robbie Hills, Head of Media Technologies - China, South East Asia & India, Google
The power of technology exceeds the scope of our ethics. Gerd Leonhard, Futurist & CEO, The Futures Agency
The kids grow up with computers. Maybe the teacher didn't. They need the confidence. They need the training. John Davies, Vice President, Intel World Ahead Program, Intel Corporation
The real true value can only be reaped if the data that you have collected, that operators have collected is being reused over and over and over and over again for multiple different purposes. Viktor Schönberger-Mayer, Professor of Internet Governance & Regulation, Oxford Internet Institute
There are no solutions, only tradeoffs. Peter Pitsch, Executive Director, Communications Policy and Associate General Counsel, Intel Corporation
The core principle, that regulations should try to protect the consumers.. and then we encourage the consumers to have knowledge of it, in advance of technology, and at the same time, we encourage the operators to have social responsibility. And if we have problems, we will be prepared for the dispute setup mechanism. Suthiphon Thaveechaiyagarn, Commissioner, NBTC, Thailand
The world of big data is extremely tempting and will be a lot of companies that will say, there's so much great value to be derived from it and we will play it the way we want to play it and ignore what regulators asked us to do. Daniel Cooper, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
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. Martin Geddes, Founder, Martin Geddes Consulting
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
Education for all only can be realized if you have Internet for all. Ahmad Shabery Cheek, Minister, Ministry of Communications and Multimedia, Malaysia
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