The move to IP-based communications is irreversible — and the timescales for business models, regulatory frameworks, development cycles, and infrastructure investment in the Internet world and that of traditional telecommunications may be dangerously out of sync.
This is one of the critical findings drawn from an analysis of debates at ITU Telecom World 2012, which explored the current transformation of the ICT sector over five days of debate in Dubai last October.
Influential leaders of industry, government, regulatory bodies, consultancy and academia highlighted the cultural and generational gap between Internet companies offering “over-the-top” (OTT) applications and conventional telco operators.
“How traditional telecommunication players should best adapt business models to embrace the IP era remains a key question,” said ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Tour?.
The full report can be found here.