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.


Invest in security and privacy frameworks rather than faster networks! Gerd Leonhard, Futurist & CEO, The Futures Agency
It's about connecting with the consumers, connecting with the advertiser, whether it is a mobile, a tablet, a desktop, it is a channel to market. Robbie Hills, Head of Media Technologies - China, South East Asia & India, Google
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
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
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
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
The power of technology exceeds the scope of our ethics. Gerd Leonhard, Futurist & CEO, The Futures Agency
Digital migration is held hostage to the interests of broadcasters. Fred Matiang'i, Minister, Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology, Kenya
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
Don't follow the old models. Old models are no longer appropriate. So think again. Alan Horne, Chief Executive Officer, Broadband Pioneer
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
The magic is happening in the open space. Thomas Michael Bohnert, Senior Research Scientist, Zurich University of Applied Sciences
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
There are so many fundamental questions as to what's going to happen. Mobile content, handsets, platforms..the players are shifting, the directions, testing new business models, to try to understand how the markets will be shaped. It is a huge opportunity more than a challenge. Paul Papadimitriou, Innovation Consultant, Digital Intelligence
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