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.


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
Convergence of regulation, once done, it has to match with an objective which is the development and the growth of our society because regulating for the sake of regulating without benefits, to us, is meaningless. Bocar Ba, Chief Executive Office, SAMENA Communications Council
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
Subsidize the users, not the network Helen Lai, Balancing competition and subsidies in broadband promotion,
If you are in the telco business, you are in the trust business. Gerd Leonhard, Futurist & CEO, The Futures Agency
Invest in security and privacy frameworks rather than faster networks! Gerd Leonhard, Futurist & CEO, The Futures Agency
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
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
Regulation is not science. This is more like art. Wonki Min, Director General, Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning of Korea
I believe we are in front of radical change in the industry, and most of us completely underestimate the impact. Thomas Magedanz, Head of NGN Division, Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS
The real answer for telcos is not to combat but to work with the OTT organisations as partners. Peter Mercieca, Partner, Technology Media & Telecommunications, KPMG
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
The local factor will be a strong driver in the years to come, even more so compared to the global concepts, Twitter, Facebook, which are the front runners of this new digital life. Jon Frederik Baksaas, CEO, Telenor
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
My view is the value in whether it's voice or messaging is not about minutes or messages, it's about why you are making that call and what you would do with the information afterwards. It's intents and purpose, not transport. Dean Bubley, Founder & Director, Disruptive Analysis
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