Ericsson Business Review

Ericsson Business Review, Issue 1, 2015

Ready for the next ICT superpower?

Patrik Regårdh

With over one billion potential participants in the global connectivity revolution, India could define the future of the ICT industry. But just how close is India to fulfilling its digital potential?

In our new issue, we are honored to present an exclusive interview with Dr. Rahul Khullar, Chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India and one of the most distinguished and outspoken personalities in global technology policy. From spectrum pricing to coverage strategies, this wide-ranging discussion covers some of the most ICT industry’s pressing issues, both in India and beyond.

Elsewhere in this issue, Sudhir Gupta explains that with digital dynamics posing unprecedented challenges to regulators around the world, a radical commitment to transparency is urgently required. Meanwhile, Amitabh Ray underlines that India’s ICT transformation is, in fact, still in its earliest stages, and summarizes the approaches that can help the country’s operators meet one of the most critical phases in their history.

Next, we consider the coming chapters in the Indian ICT story from two very different angles. V Arunkumar outlines six success factors for operators looking to tap the enormous potential of the country’s rural market, while Karan Chatrath emphasizes that building a truly smart city anywhere in the world ultimately relies on one, often-overlooked element. Smartness, he says, can never be created by flicking a switch.

Finally, Sujai Sen and Nicholas Smith uncover the real story behind India’s start-up boom. In an extensive survey of some of the country’s stand-out entrepreneurs and investors, they reveal how reality is considerably more complex than the gleaming towers of Gurgaon would suggest.

Only time will tell if India really has what it takes to become an ICT superpower. With broadband, mobility and the cloud rapidly reshaping entire industries around the world, predicting what’s next has never been harder. But for the boldest opinions, sharpest analysis and most unexpected insights in the game, Ericsson Business Review is the place to be.

Patrik Regårdh

Head of Strategic Marketing

Is this the toughest job in telecoms?

Dr. Rahul Khullar

A population of over one billion. Almost 20 operators battling for dominance. And two hundred thousand new mobile subscribers – added every single day. Regulating the Indian telecoms market is not for the faint-hearted, but in Dr. Rahul Khullar, Chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, ICT industry players have found a uniquely dynamic and committed supporter.

Seeing through transformation: an Indian philosophy of transparency

Seeing through transformation: an Indian philosophy of transparency

With ICT-driven transformation posing unprecedented challenges to the role, reach and even the relevance of authorities around the world, new approaches to industry regulation are urgently required. As Sudhir Gupta, Secretary of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, explains in this exclusive opinion piece, a radical commitment to transparency might just be the answer.

Generation tech: voices from a new entrepreneurial era

Generation tech: voices from a new entrepreneurial era

India’s technology start-up scene has never been hotter. But is there another story behind the polished facades of the country’s new innovation hubs? In a wide-ranging survey of some of India’s best and brightest entrepreneurs and investors, Ericsson Business Review uncovered global dreams, bubbling frustrations and an unexpectedly complex reality.

Make or break: why it’s decision time for India’s operators

Make or break: why it’s decision time for India’s operators

ICT transformation? India is just getting started. As the country’s government implements a unique digital vision that will radically reorient its business and society, India’s operators face the most critical phase of their existence – and finding the right strategy has never been more important.

Undiscovered country: harvesting India’s rural telecoms opportunity

Undiscovered country: harvesting India’s rural telecoms opportunity

India’s operators take note – the grass really is greener on the other side. With 70 percent of the country’s population living outside cities, successfully targeting rural subscribers can be a major growth driver. But finding the right services is just the start – operators also need to implement six essential success factors in order to reap the rewards.

People power: how to make India’s (and the world’s) cities truly smart

People power: how to make India’s (and the world’s) cities truly smart

Think Delhi or Mumbai are crowded? You’ve not seen anything yet. Smart cities are the only answer to the country’s urban population crisis – but flicking a switch or signing a bill isn’t enough. For city planners in India and across the world, real smartness can only be created through a community revolution.

Further reading

Ericsson ConsumerLab: Network Performance shapes smartphone behavior in India

Are apps and smartphones changing Indian consumers’ expectations about mobile broadband performance? Find out in this report from Ericsson ConsumerLab.

Read the report here

Broadband in India – realizing the vision

How can India’s vision of broadband for all be realized? An Ericsson white paper explains the critical importance of factors on both the supply and demand sides.

Read the white paper here

Our next issue

Mischa Dohler

The next issue of Ericsson Business Review will be available in Q2 2015 – and the theme is industry transformation. In this short film, Professor Mischa Dohler of King’s College London sets the scene by describing two disruptive trends that are impacting businesses everywhere.

Watch the video here

EBR is Ericsson’s global business publication, focusing on thought leadership and providing a long-term perspective on business strategies within Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for telecom operators and other industries.