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Exclusively for Capacity Middle East 2014 delegates, Gerd Leonhard presented his unique insight into what is next for wholesale telecoms including scenarios that we are likely to see in the next 5 years, what this meant for the future of the internet, and the telecom/ICT sector in general. 

Gerd Leonhard, Futurist, Author, CEO of THE FUTURES AGENCY 

Gerd Leonhard is a well-known Futurist and Author of 5 books, a highly influential Keynote Speaker, Think-Tank Leader & Advisor,  and – since late 2011 – the Founder of

Gerd is considered a leading expert on topics such as the future of humanity, big data and privacy, digitally native business models, the networked society, a sustainable business ecology, social media, social business and So-Lo-Mo communications, TV & Radio futures, mobile strategies, innovation, leadership andentrepreneurship, consumer trends, UGC and peer production, copyright and IPR issues, next-generation advertising, marketing and branding, and more recently the development of ‘green futures‘ scenarios. In 2006, The Wall Street Journal called Gerd ‘one of the leading Media Futurists in the World’.  

Gerd’s keynotes, speeches and presentations are renowned for his hard-hitting and provocative yet inspiring, personal and intense motivational style. With over 1500 engagements in 53 countries since 2001, Gerd has addressed over 350,000 executives and professionals, and is considered a key influencer. His diverse client list includes Consumers International, Youtube, Nokia, SAP, Motorola, Rhodia, SES Asra, the WWF, The Guardian, Google, Sony Music, Telkom Indonesia, Siemens, RTL, ITV, the BBC, France Telecom, Orange, Deutsche Telekom, MTN, The Financial Times, DDB / TribalDDB, Ogilvy, Omnicom, the European Commission, the Government of New Zealand and many others.


Monday 3 March 2014, 09:00am - 09:50am

Ubiquitous high-speed connectivity is quickly becoming the life-blood of consumers, business, media and commerce. When over-the-top (OTT), mobile and social media becomes the 'new normal' for 4 billion connected users, what will this mean for fixed and mobile telecoms networks? When a $300 billion advertising budget shifts to digital, what will this mean for new business models when Facebook, YouTube and Twitter become the next global broadcasters? Gerd Leonhard will present scenarios that we are likely to see in the next 5 years, what this means for the future of the internet, and the telecom/ICT sector in general.

The Future of The Internet: Highlights from Gerd Leonhard at ITU Telecom World 2013

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