Industry experts, public and private sector leaders to debate
future of ICT sector at ITU Telecom World 2014
Focus on radical transformation of sector, its impact on government, business and society
Geneva, 16 October 2014 – An impressive line-up of industry experts and public and private sector leaders will convene to explore the future of the ICT sector and its implications for government, business and society at ITU Telecom World 2014, the leading platform for debate, networking and showcasing for the global ICT community, in Doha, Qatar, 7 – 10 December 2014.
Visionary speakers include Hessa Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Qatar; Omobola Johnson, Minister for ICT, Nigeria; Jean Philibert Nsengimana, Minister of Youth and ICT, Rwanda; Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al Thani, Chairman, Ooredoo; Michel Combes, CEO, Alcatel-Lucent; Eric Loeb, Vice-President, International External Affairs, AT&T; Roberto Minerva, Chair, IEEE Initiative for IoT; and Karim Sabbagh, President and CEO, SES. See the full speaker line up here
“The quality and breadth of world-class speakers gathering at ITU Telecom World 2014 will provide expert insight and analysis of the ICT sector at this critical period of transformation,” said ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun I Touré. “The event promises to be a uniquely important opportunity to harness the potential of ICTs to shape our future.”
Held under the theme “Future in Focus”, debates will centre on three core topics: industry disruption, cross-sector partnerships and the intelligent future, each examined from the contrasting perspectives of business, technology and policy. Sessions include:
- A Regulator’s Nightmare: fixing the disconnect between regulation and reality
- The IT-isation of Telecom Networks: Exploring the move from hardware to software in telecom networks
- Networks in the Cloud?: Deploying mobile network functions in the cloud
- Broadband Rollout in Emerging Economies – What Comes Next?: How emerging economies can benefit most from broadband
- Big Data for Development: Big data analytics driving development
Kick-starting the event is a one-day Leadership Summit on the Future, an exciting, interactive journey into the near future led by expert futurists from multiple disciplines, offering leading decision-makers from government and industry a clear understanding of how the world, and the ITU industry, is being transformed – from artificial intelligence to big data analytics, IoT, augmented humanity, SDN, the shared economy and hyper-connectivity.
A world-class line-up of speakers at the Summit include Gerd Leonhard, Jeremy Rifkin, Rita McGrath, Rolf Pfeifer and Yuri van Geest. See the full event programme here
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