Talking about tech and humanitarian response in the Middle East and North Africa

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Image courtesy of the World Economic Forum

At the upcoming World Economic Forum Regional Summit this week, the Syrian refugee crisis will certainly play a key role in the discussions. The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that there are more than 50 million people in the world who have been forcibly displaced from their homes. And while predictions around the number of future displaced persons differ, according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), 50 million more people may be displaced within the next 10 years as a result of desertification and climate change. The numbers are staggering, as is the human suffering that is being endured. Continue reading

A Virtual Volunteer has a real-life adventure with the Amazon Connection

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Two years ago I had an amazing opportunity to visit one of my favorite Ericsson Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility projects: the Amazon Connection.

Since 2009, when the first 3G site in Belterra in Brazil was established, the project – a collaboration between the Brazilian telecom operator Vivo, local non-governmental organization Saúde e Alegria and Ericsson – has brought important advances to the Amazon region, including connectivity for the Abaré hospital boat in 2011. The connection was expanded to Suruacá, an extractive reserve community around the Tapajós River in the Brazilian Amazon, with the Connect to Learn program implemented there in 2012 and the Virtual Volunteer connection program during 2013 and 2014. Continue reading

A common enabler after a disaster – an Ericsson Response dispatch from Vanuatu

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Editor’s note: Today we are proud to feature a dispatch from Ericsson Response volunteer Daniel Figueiredo. He writes from the Vanuatu archipelago, which was devastated by Cyclone Pam in early March.

I’m writing this from Tanna Island in the Vanuatu archipelago. I arrived in Port Vila on April 14, where I met my colleague Mike Duffin and performed a handover of activities. Since arriving here, we have been maintaining Emergency Telecommunication Cluster (ETC) network. In the beginning we relied heavily on generators for power, and these needed to be checked constantly. Every day we help humanitarian aid users to register to the network, we set up printers, and sometimes we help with e-mail access and other IT related issues. Continue reading

Why ICT is the common solution on everyone’s mind at WEF Latin America

Photo courtesy of World Economic Forum

Photo courtesy of World Economic Forum

Today we are featuring a guest post from John Yazlle, Ericsson’s Head of Strategy & Marketing, Latin America & Caribbean. John attended the World Economic Forum on Latin America last week and came away with these insights:

Based on the conversations I heard and participated in at the World Economic Forum WEF) on Latin America, everyone is seeing digital transformation. There is no question that Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is the tool we must embrace, and harness, in order to achieve a more inclusive and productive world. Continue reading

Connecting even without a connection in Chiapas, Mexico

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I’ve spent the past weekend in Chiapas, in southern Mexico, with 30+ young people who, on top of their studies in college or their full-time jobs, are dedicating their energy to building lasting peace in their communities. The young people were there thanks to the Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative, along with Ericsson and other partners. Continue reading

Girls in ICT Day 2015: German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets Ericsson in Berlin

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On April 22, a delegation from Ericsson attended the opening event of the official celebration of Girls in ICT Day 2015 in Germany. But the real highlight of the week was one day before, when, German Chancellor Angela Merkel invited 24 11- to 13-year-old girls to the Federal Chancellery in Berlin to meet different technology companies and to get insights into the practical aspects of technical professions. Continue reading

New and renew at World Economic Forum on Latin America in Cancun

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Editor’s note: Today we are honored to introduce guest blogger Jose Luis Serrato, head of Operations in Region Latin America and Caribbean as well as President of Ericsson Mexico. He’s on his way to the World Economic Forum on Latin America as a delegate and submits a few thoughts here:

Ericsson Brazil gathering August 2013I’ve been an Ericsson employee for 30 years and counting. And still, every day brings something new. This week I am on the Yucatan Peninsula, usually a place for beachwear and vacationing, but now for a suit and tie and some really exciting conversations with people who want to improve the world. Continue reading

Ericsson Response providing internet connectivity in Nepal

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On approach to the airport last night, you would never suspect that anything in particular had recently happened in Kathmandu. Electricity has been restored throughout most of the city as was demonstrated by the well-lit streets and buildings. Once on the ground however, the frenzy of activity was more apparent. Flights full of relief goods, humanitarian workers and other travelers made retrieving luggage complicated and almost frustrating if you didn’t understand the situation Nepal is facing following the earthquake. Continue reading

Talking about the role of technology in sustainable development at the Vatican

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The current Pope, Pope Francis, is delighting and amazing many religious leaders, as well as the general public, with his proactive agenda on many topics. It doesn’t matter whether one is religious or not, or what God they believe in. The fact is that if the Vatican and other world religious leaders take a stance on sustainable development issues like climate change, inclusion, and trafficking, this will raise awareness among a substantive percentage of the world’s population. Continue reading

Using hydrogen fuel cells to operate a radio site in the Netherlands

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Earlier this year, Ericsson and Vodafone in the Netherlands released the first radio site in the Netherlands powered with a hydrogen fuel cell. The majority of the Vodafone network is powered by green energy, but some of the company’s radio sites are not connected to the electricity grid and usually need to be powered by diesel. Two years ago, an Ericsson colleague started to look for alternative energy sources for these types of sites. And this resulted in a hydrogen fuel cell pilot project. Continue reading