Leadership Workshop – Internet of Things

Start: Tuesday 23 February 2016 12:06 pm

End: Tuesday 23 February 2016 12:06 pm

Venue: Fira Barcelona Gran Via

Policies and regulation for growth of the Internet of Things

As mobile broadband networks spread, the cost of hardware falls, new business models emerge and smartphones become commonplace, consumers are using wireless connectivity to enhance security systems, energy meters, household appliances, wearable devices, healthcare monitors and the in-car experience. These connected devices are the building blocks of the Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT has the potential to bring substantial social and economic benefit to governments, citizens, end-users and businesses through the creation of new jobs, increase in productivity and competitiveness, improvements in service delivery and personalisation, and more efficient use of scarce resources. Although forecasts indicate a significant opportunity, this is still a nascent industry. The IoT ecosystem is composed of a large number of diverse players, deploying innovative services across different networks, technologies and devices. Providing clarity and consistency of regulation for equivalent services, as well as policies that enable growth, are therefore key in fully capturing its opportunity to stimulate this market.

This session will explore the ways in which mobile is transforming everyday life for consumers, businesses and industries and assess the implications of the IoT revolution for governments and regulators. In particular, this session will provide examples from different regions in the world of concrete steps that governments and regulators are taking to stimulate innovation and growth of this sector, and ensuring a supportive regulatory framework that provides trust for both users and industry players.


  • Dr Mike Bell, Global Connected Car Director, Jaguar Land Rover
  • Maximiliano Martinhão, Secretary of Telecommunications, Brazil
  • Stéphane Richard, Chairman and CEO, Orange
  • Sébastien Soriano, Chairman, Autorité de Régulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes, France
  • Choi Yanghee, Minister of Science, ICT and Future Planning, Republic of Korea
  • Jeanine Vos, Executive Director, Connected Living Programme, GSMA


The Ministerial Programme will be located in Auditorium A at Mobile World Congress. It is an invitation only event targeted at senior government and industry representatives.