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Celebrating 90 years of technology insights

Ulf Ewaldsson

In 90 years since this journal first started promoting technology – the world we live in has been transformed by technology to such a degree that I sometimes find it difficult to recognize the old one. I would like nothing more than to be able to give you a glimpse of what we will be writing about 90 years from now… what will the 22nd century bring? What generation of technology will have been reached by then, what business models will we use, how will we pay for things, and what sort of devices will we connect with? These are just some of my questions, and I wonder even if they will be relevant; maybe we won’t even use devices, as connectivity will simply exist in everything. Even if I don’t have an open window on the next century, the research and development we carry out at Ericsson today is aimed at the next generation, which promises to continue along the current path of evolution: to be data driven, video heavy and influenced by the gaming world.

Our most recent articles address a wide range of telecommunication issues, but they all have one thing in common and that is performance. Getting data through the network fast and efficiently so that the best user experience can be delivered to subscribers is a recurring theme no matter what part of network architecture is being discussed. From future OSS/BSS architecture to integrated Wi-Fi and to packets stuffed with data, the message is clear… the faster the network can serve one subscriber, the faster it can move on to the next.

One thing I am convinced about, however, is convergence. And not just in terms of fixed and mobile, but everywhere. Industries and technologies are merging. The lines between TV, the internet, and telecommunication will not exist for much longer. Education, work and family life are all coming together and the key is individualism.

With a connection, every individual on the planet has the potential to take control over their life. The traditional models of work and education are being challenged. Connectivity is providing individuals with more choices, greater flexibility and the ability to mix things up in a way that suits them, their budget, their lifestyle and their goals. We are not there yet, and there are many pieces that need to be in place, but right now we are laying the foundation for the Networked Society. Mobile subscriptions are set to rise to 9.3 billion and mobile data traffic to grow by 45 percent (CAGR) by 2019. The opportunities are becoming available for more people, and connectivity is becoming a way of life.

2014 is a celebration of 90 years of technology innovation for Ericsson Review. Some of our upcoming articles will feature topics such as energy efficiency in evolving networks, 5G, OSS/BSS architecture and VoLTE as a cloud service.

Enjoy!

Ulf Ewaldsson,

Chief Technology Officer

Head of Group Function Technology at Ericsson

Data without borders: an information architecture for enterprises

Data without borders: an information architecture for enterprises

April 24, 2014

Today’s information systems rely on mediation to use and share the data that is available within an enterprise. But this is changing. IT systems are moving away from traditional architectures, where information is hidden inside functions, toward an information-centric approach that separates information from functionality – data without borders. Breaking functionality and information apart creates a systems architecture that is flexible, supports business agility, and ultimately boosts the bottom line.

Virtualizing network services – the telecom cloud

Virtualizing network services – the telecom cloud

March 28, 2014

Inspired by a transformation in neighboring industry sectors toward providing information, products and functions as services – XaaS – the telecommunication industry is evolving the architecture of its systems and networks. In short, the telecom cloud. This new generation of architecture is characterized by a very high degree of abstraction and virtualization.

Virtualizing network services – the telecom cloud

Virtualizing network services – the telecom cloud

March 28, 2014

Inspired by a transformation in neighboring industry sectors toward providing information, products and functions as services – XaaS – the telecommunication industry is evolving the architecture of its systems and networks. In short, the telecom cloud. This new generation of architecture is characterized by a very high degree of abstraction and virtualization.

Radio network energy performance: shifting focus from power to precision

Radio network energy performance: shifting focus from power to precision

February 18, 2014

It is no secret that cutting costs improves bottom line. Reducing energy consumption is a good way to lower operational expenditure, which is good news for telecom operators as they are among the topmost consumers of electricity in many countries. Rising energy prices and the global importance of deploying energy-efficient solutions indicate that everything is to be gained by making the most of new technologies that can reduce energy consumption.

Radio network energy performance: shifting focus from power to precision

Radio network energy performance: shifting focus from power to precision

February 18, 2014

It is no secret that cutting costs improves bottom line. Reducing energy consumption is a good way to lower operational expenditure, which is good news for telecom operators as they are among the topmost consumers of electricity in many countries. Rising energy prices and the global importance of deploying energy-efficient solutions indicate that everything is to be gained by making the most of new technologies that can reduce energy consumption.

HSPA evolution for future mobile-broadband needs

Setting the standard: methodology counters security threats

January 29, 2014

Over the past decade, the number of security attacks on IT and communications systems has risen drastically and as a result, security assurance has become a central issue for network operators and the telecommunications industry. Using a security assurance methodology at every stage of product development, vendors can show that the implementation of security assurance protocols in their products is accordance with agreed guidelines.

HSPA evolution for future mobile-broadband needs

Setting the standard: methodology counters security threats

January 29, 2014

Over the past decade, the number of security attacks on IT and communications systems has risen drastically and as a result, security assurance has become a central issue for network operators and the telecommunications industry. Using a security assurance methodology at every stage of product development, vendors can show that the implementation of security assurance protocols in their products is accordance with agreed guidelines.

Carrier Wi-Fi: the next generation

Carrier Wi-Fi: the next generation

December 20, 2013

Putting the network in control over whether or not a device should switch to and from Wi-Fi, and when it should switch, will make it easier for operators to provide a harmonized mobile broadband experience and optimize resource utilization in heterogeneous networks.

Carrier Wi-Fi: the next generation

Carrier Wi-Fi: the next generation

December 20, 2013

Putting the network in control over whether or not a device should switch to and from Wi-Fi, and when it should switch, will make it easier for operators to provide a harmonized mobile broadband experience and optimize resource utilization in heterogeneous networks.

Next generation OSS/BSS architecture

Next generation OSS/BSS architecture

November 25, 2013

When two large companies merge, it often takes a while – years in some cases – before processes get redesigned to span all departments, and the new organization settles into a lean and profitable machine. And the same is true of OSS/BSS. These systems have been designed for two different purposes: to keep the network operational and to keep it profitable. But today’s demanding networks need the functions of both of these systems to work together, and to work across the varying lifecycles of products and services.

Next generation OSS/BSS architecture

Next generation OSS/BSS architecture

November 25, 2013

When two large companies merge, it often takes a while – years in some cases – before processes get redesigned to span all departments, and the new organization settles into a lean and profitable machine. And the same is true of OSS/BSS. These systems have been designed for two different purposes: to keep the network operational and to keep it profitable. But today’s demanding networks need the functions of both of these systems to work together, and to work across the varying lifecycles of products and services.

Overcoming the challenges of very high-speed, terabit optical, transmission

Overcoming the challenges of very high-speed, terabit optical, transmission

October 14, 2013

There are many factors that have contributed to the extensive use of fiber in telecom networks. As a result of the bandwidth and speed it can offer per dollar spent, the use of fiber is becoming more extensive being pushed deeper and deeper – particularly in the last mile. In a field trial carried out by Ericsson and Telstra, technologies to meet operator demand for seamless upgrade of networks were put to the test.

Overcoming the challenges of very high-speed, terabit optical, transmission

Overcoming the challenges of very high-speed, terabit optical, transmission

October 14, 2013

There are many factors that have contributed to the extensive use of fiber in telecom networks. As a result of the bandwidth and speed it can offer per dollar spent, the use of fiber is becoming more extensive being pushed deeper and deeper – particularly in the last mile. In a field trial carried out by Ericsson and Telstra, technologies to meet operator demand for seamless upgrade of networks were put to the test.

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