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.


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
Our values are much stronger than just the technologies we are seeing in the past five years. Paul Papadimitriou, Innovation Consultant, Digital Intelligence
The magic is happening in the open space. Thomas Michael Bohnert, Senior Research Scientist, Zurich University of Applied Sciences
Don't follow the old models. Old models are no longer appropriate. So think again. Alan Horne, Chief Executive Officer, Broadband Pioneer
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). Paul Papadimitriou, Innovation Consultant, Digital Intelligence
Cracking this monopoly of cloud computing is a fundamental. Latif Ladid, Founder & President, IPv6 Forum
Don't let the virtue of being a good human being be sacrificed in this digital age. Dr. Prasit Prapinmongkolkarn, Emeritus Professor and Chair Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
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
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
Subsidize the users, not the network Helen Lai, Balancing competition and subsidies in broadband promotion,
We have so many teachers who were trained and have been practicing for a very long time in the analog framework and transitioning them to the digital framework is not easy. We need to invest resources in training and equipping teachers for the digital classroom. Fred Matiang'i, Minister, Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology, Kenya
Any one who doesn't understand the true needs of the customer will perish. Martin Geddes, Founder, Martin Geddes Consulting
Digital migration is held hostage to the interests of broadcasters. Fred Matiang'i, Minister, Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology, Kenya
The network we’re dealing with today is not the network that we had yesterday. We’re dealing with an IP-based network, the skill sets involved are very different. Laina Greene, CEO, GET-IT, Green Energy Technology and Info-communications Technology
Regulation is a different type of service that really calls for more of an enabling kind of agency‑wide or government‑wide policy. Jacquelynn Ruff, Vice-President, International Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Verizon Communications
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