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.


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 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
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
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
This idea of having more and more parts of the mobile network move to the cloud to put on computers, virtually, it is an exciting one. Peter Riedl, Executive Vice-President, Rohde & Schwarz
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
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
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
Digital migration is held hostage to the interests of broadcasters. Fred Matiang'i, Minister, Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology, Kenya
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
The articulation of the plan to the teacher..is so critical. John Galvin, VP Sales and Marketing Group & General Manager, Intel World Ahead Program, Intel Corporation
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
Only you control the internet and if you do something for IPv6 in your country, you will contribute to the world of communications. Latif Ladid, Founder & President, IPv6 Forum
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
If you are in the telco business, you are in the trust business. Gerd Leonhard, Futurist & CEO, The Futures Agency
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