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 have so many teachers who were trained and have been practicing for a very long time in the analog framework and transitioning them to the digital framework is not easy. We need to invest resources in training and equipping teachers for the digital classroom. Fred Matiang'i, Minister, Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology, Kenya
Education for all only can be realized if you have Internet for all. Ahmad Shabery Cheek, Minister, Ministry of Communications and Multimedia, Malaysia
Subsidize the users, not the network Helen Lai, Balancing competition and subsidies in broadband promotion,
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 desktop internet meant the web, a web browser, web pages, web search; mobile internet means webs, apps, location, voice, prediction and other things that have not been devised yet. Benedict Evans, Strategy Consultant, Enders Analysis
The old model of looking at regulation as licensee, you know, against a set of government obligations is about to be disrupted big time. Suresh Sidhu, Chief Corporate and Operations Officer, Celcom Axiata
Networks are something that carriers take very personally Kelly Ahuja, SVP Wireless Technology, Cisco Systems
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 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
Big data is inevitable but what hasn't caught up is how people react to it and control it. Charles Brookson, Director, Azenby
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
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
There is something tactile, it is needy in everybody here, the need to communicate with each other. that's where the power is in marketing and marketers are enabling or able to actually access that power and use that power for personal communication, it is a fundamental on everybody's mobile. It is a very personal project. Oscar Veronese, SVP Asia, InternetQ
If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. Tim Unwin, Secretary General, Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation
There is no better time for enterprise and OEMs to invest in connected objects. Jean-Pierre Biename, Chairman, UMTS Forum
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