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.


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
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
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
If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. Tim Unwin, Secretary General, Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation
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
Invest in security and privacy frameworks rather than faster networks! Gerd Leonhard, Futurist & CEO, The Futures Agency
We are entering an age of privacy and security failure. Gerd Leonhard, Futurist & CEO, The Futures Agency
Any one who doesn't understand the true needs of the customer will perish. Martin Geddes, Founder, Martin Geddes Consulting
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 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
The magic is happening in the open space. Thomas Michael Bohnert, Senior Research Scientist, Zurich University of Applied Sciences
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
We the people are the problem. We the people are the problem. Brahima Sanou, Director, Telecommunications Development 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
ARPU could be as low as a dollar come 202 in the developed western world. Peter Mercieca, Partner, Technology Media & Telecommunications, KPMG
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