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.


Cracking this monopoly of cloud computing is a fundamental. Latif Ladid, Founder & President, IPv6 Forum
Digital migration is held hostage to the interests of broadcasters. Fred Matiang'i, Minister, Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology, Kenya
The core principle, that regulations should try to protect the consumers.. and then we encourage the consumers to have knowledge of it, in advance of technology, and at the same time, we encourage the operators to have social responsibility. And if we have problems, we will be prepared for the dispute setup mechanism. Suthiphon Thaveechaiyagarn, Commissioner, NBTC, Thailand
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
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
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
Technology has always been ahead of regulation. Hamadoun I. Touré, Secretary General, ITU
Networks are something that carriers take very personally Kelly Ahuja, SVP Wireless Technology, Cisco Systems
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
Of all the broadband devices in the world, in 5 years time the vast majority will be mobile and will be used in low-income countries rather than high-income countries. David Lewin, Director, Plum Consulting
ARPU could be as low as a dollar come 202 in the developed western world. Peter Mercieca, Partner, Technology Media & Telecommunications, KPMG
Most of the technology has moved from circuit switched to digital but the business model is stuck in the circuit switched stage. Steve Bell, President, KeySo Global
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
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
Any one who doesn't understand the true needs of the customer will perish. Martin Geddes, Founder, Martin Geddes Consulting
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