Chaired by Peter Day, Business Correspondent for BBCNews
From: The Cambridge Wireless 4th Future of Wireless International Conference, Session B-3: Policy Panel - Reshaping regulatory frameworks for a connected world, 26-27 June 2012, Cambridge, UK
27 June 2012 Communications channel
For? The centre of gravity of innovation in the mobile industry has moved to the Internet and the Cloud. With the phenomenal success of mobile apps, along with on-line stores vending all-digital content, the device is becoming commoditised. A smart phone is a blank slate on to which Internet-speed startups and web companies such as Facebook, Google and Twitter innovate. Most of the innovation in networks and devices is virtualized in software anyway. The future is all about apps, content and services, accessed whenever and wherever they are needed.
Against? Industry growth and value is cultivated and realized because of innovation in â€œactualâ€ physical materials, hardware components, advanced chipsets, manufacturing expertise, and elegant product design. Interacting with the physical world through sensors opens up significant new innovation fronts in areas such as wireless healthcare and the Internet of Things. Inherent, long lasting value results from design, engineering and manufacturing expertise, the management of scarcity in areas such as radio spectrum and energy, and the expertise to manage complex network infrastructure. Players in the physical world will always have the key role in innovation.
This event was organised jointly by Cambridge Wireless, the ICT KTN and the IET.
For: Ray Anderson, CEO, Bango
Against: David Wood, Chief Technology Architect, Accenture Mobility