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
Networks are something that carriers take very personally Kelly Ahuja, SVP Wireless Technology, Cisco Systems
The power of technology exceeds the scope of our ethics. Gerd Leonhard, Futurist & CEO, The Futures Agency
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
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
Cracking this monopoly of cloud computing is a fundamental. Latif Ladid, Founder & President, IPv6 Forum
The world of big data is extremely tempting and will be a lot of companies that will say, there's so much great value to be derived from it and we will play it the way we want to play it and ignore what regulators asked us to do. Daniel Cooper, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
Broadband is becoming a form of critical national infrastructure. The whole of society is reorganizing around the assumed existence of broadband…. Telecoms isn’t just about creating a profit for shareholders. It is about creating a digital society – and when we do that, there is an implicit social contract Martin Geddes, Founder, Martin Geddes Consulting
We the people are the problem. We the people are the problem. Brahima Sanou, Director, Telecommunications Development 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
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
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 real value is in the services, not the competition, because competition is easier to achieve in businesses or in densely populated areas, but in rural areas, forget it. Jaume Salvat, Founder & Partner, Aggaros
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
The potential of APT700 megahertz is in excess of 2 billion people. Mike Wright, Executive Director, Networks & Access Technologies, Telstra
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