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.


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
We are applying thought processes from a circuit type world and inventing new words like bandwidth so we can use the old familiar thought processes in an inappropriate way in this new world. Martin Geddes, Founder, Martin Geddes Consulting
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
We are entering an age of privacy and security failure. Gerd Leonhard, Futurist & CEO, The Futures Agency
We talk about the Facebooks, Twitter, Google Pluses, but at the end of the day, the center of everything is in there (your mobile phone). Paul Papadimitriou, Innovation Consultant, Digital Intelligence
Cracking this monopoly of cloud computing is a fundamental. Latif Ladid, Founder & President, IPv6 Forum
Any one who doesn't understand the true needs of the customer will perish. Martin Geddes, Founder, Martin Geddes Consulting
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
Our values are much stronger than just the technologies we are seeing in the past five years. Paul Papadimitriou, Innovation Consultant, Digital Intelligence
The core theory of IT is about achieving an end, it's not about IT for the sake of IT. It's the same for apps. Peter Mercieca, Partner, Technology Media & Telecommunications, KPMG
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
Technology has always been ahead of regulation. Hamadoun I. Touré, Secretary General, ITU
Trust becomes something of a very valuable currency in the market space. And therefore, we’ll see more trust-related services develop. Viktor Schönberger-Mayer, Professor of Internet Governance & Regulation, Oxford Internet Institute
We saw that 50% of people that live in urban Africa, in major cities are already online. 50% across all socioeconomic levels. What's also striking is that there's about half of them online every day for quite a long time. In urban centres, the demand by Africans for using the internet in their lives is already happening. Safroadu Yeboah-Amankwah, Director and leader, McKinsey's Business Technology Practice, McKinsey
Digital migration is held hostage to the interests of broadcasters. Fred Matiang'i, Minister, Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology, Kenya
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