Operators “out of sync” with move to IP, says ITU

Traditional operator business models are failing to keep pace with the “irreversible” shift to IP-based communications, according to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

Following debates held during the recent ITU Telecom World 2012 conference in Dubai, the international standards body has issued a statement to say that telecoms business models, regulatory frameworks, development cycles and infrastructure investments look “dangerously out of sync” with the ongoing adoption of IP-based communications.

Traditional operator business models are failing to keep pace with the “irreversible” shift to IP-based communications, according to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

Following debates held during the recent ITU Telecom World 2012 conference in Dubai, the international standards body has issued a statement to say that telecoms business models, regulatory frameworks, development cycles and infrastructure investments look “dangerously out of sync” with the ongoing adoption of IP-based communications.

The ITU says that influential leaders of industry, government, regulatory bodies, consultancy and academia have all highlighted a cultural and generational gap between internet companies providing so-called “over-the-top” services and conventional telecoms operators.

“How traditional telecoms players should best adapt business models to embrace the IP era remains a key question,” said Hamadoun Toure, the ITU’s secretary-general.

“The principal message emerging from these five days of debate in Dubai was that the industry must embrace rather than resist the change, adapt, reposition and engage with new services, markets, partners and consumers,” he added.