Poll: ITU Is Standards King
On the back of the ITU's big event, Telecom World, which took place in Hong Kong last week, we surveyed our readers to find out how important they feel the ITU is in setting the tech standards for the telecom world.
Nearly half (48 percent) describe international standards for next-generation networks as "critical," while another 29 percent say they're "very important." Only 4 percent say standards aren't important at all.
Eighty-seven percent of our poll takers say the ITU is either "critical," "very important," or "moderately important" to the development of international standards. Twenty percent say the ITU plays a "critical" role in standards making, 31 percent say it plays a "very important" role, and 38 percent see the group as "moderately important." Only 4 percent say the ITU's role is "not important at all."
A sizable chunk of our sample -- 41 percent -- say the ITU may be compromising its neutral bearing by holding highly commercial vendor events like Telecom World. Fifty-nine percent say the ITU's interest in show business is no problem at all -- a sentiment echoed by ITU Secretary General-Elect Hamadoun Touré in his interview with LRTV. (See ITU Telecom World 2006 Highlights.)
Light Readers are evenly divided on the question of whether incumbent telecom operators exert too much influence over the ITU. Thirty-five percent say they do indeed, 36 percent say they don't, and 29 percent say they don't know.
Finally, Telecom World was billed as a "truly international" tradeshow, but some reports from Hong Kong said it was a mostly Asian exhibition. Forty percent of readers who took our poll had actually attended the show, and exactly half of them came away feeling as if they'd been to a "truly international" event. (See Big Guns Crash ITU Party.)
The ITU poll -- ITU's Role -- will close at 6:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday.
— Mark Sullivan, Reporter, Light Reading