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, check out analysis of key findings in the Outcomes report.


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
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
There are so many fundamental questions as to what's going to happen. Mobile content, handsets, platforms..the players are shifting, the directions, testing new business models, to try to understand how the markets will be shaped. It is a huge opportunity more than a challenge. Paul Papadimitriou, Innovation Consultant, Digital Intelligence
The potential of APT700 megahertz is in excess of 2 billion people. Mike Wright, Executive Director, Networks & Access Technologies, Telstra
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
There is no better time for enterprise and OEMs to invest in connected objects. Jean-Pierre Biename, Chairman, UMTS Forum
The challenge of transforming education is that it is a lot easier to not do it, than to do it. Brian Gonzalez, Director, Global Education Programs, Intel Corporation
So recognize and engage with a change which is inevitable. Voice and telephony were the same thing for 100 years, they are not going to be the same thing. And if you try to limit user behavior and fight demands, then you can hold it back for a while, but you are guaranteed to ultimately lose that game. Martin Geddes, Founder, Martin Geddes Consulting
We are dealing with regulators for telecommunication, but there’s no content regulator and content is the king. Bocar Ba, Chief Executive Office, SAMENA Communications Council
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
Subsidize the users, not the network. Helen Lai, Head of Regulatory Division, Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA), Hong Kong, China
We are entering an age of privacy and security failure. Gerd Leonhard, Futurist & CEO, The Futures Agency
We the people are the problem. We the people are the problem. Brahima Sanou, Director, Telecommunications Development Bureau, ITU
Trust becomes something of a very valuable currency in the market space. And therefore, we’ll see more trust-related services develop. Viktor Schönberger-Mayer, Professor of Internet Governance & Regulation, Oxford Internet Institute
(We) need to accommodate the heterogeneity of the devices and uses when we are talking about machines to people or people to machines back to people. Robert Pepper, Vice President, Global Technology Policy, Cisco Systems
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