City Life

City Life

Welcome to the age of the city. Today, more people live in cities than in rural areas, and by 2050, about 70 percent of the world’s population is expected to reside in urban areas. The explosive growth of cities and the rapid uptake of broadband are both happening at a time when the world faces serious economic, environmental and social challenges. Ensuring that our cities are creative, connected and sustainable is a major challenge but also a tremendous opportunity. By transforming our cities, we can improve the lives of billions of people along with the health and future of the planet itself.

The role of ICT in improving city life

Ericsson President and CEO Hans Vestberg discusses urbanization and expanding cities, and how technology can help cities tackle the problems of the huge increase in population.

Videos

Networked Society City Index Infographic

Networked Society City Index Infographic

The Networked Society City Index analyzes ICT-driven benefit creation in 31 of the world’s largest cities. Irrespective of a city’s stage of development their ICT maturity correlates closely to their triple bottom line performance.

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Reports

Networked Society City Index reports

Networked Society City Index – 2013

The 2013 index features 31 major world cities and measures their ICT maturity as well as the economic, social and environmental dimensions, called the “triple bottom line” effects.

Networked Society City Index – 2013

Networked Society City Index – Case studies

Networked Society City Index – City profiles

Networked Society City Index – Methodology

Earlier reports

Megacities Report

Megacities Report

The Next Age of Megacities takes a closer look at how the largest cities in the world can use ICT to address their evolving challenges in a holistic, proactive and collaborative way, through a city management model.

The Next Age of Megacities

The Three Ages of Megacities

Articles

Cities and ICT

Cities and ICT

Cities are hubs of creativity, action, and crowds. The challenges and opportunities are great, and the Information and Communications Technology industry (ICT) is eager to bring solutions to this huge trend. Ericsson's head of Strategy Douglas Gilstrap explains how ICT can contribute to a new ecosystem to make the most out of living in cities of the future.

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Building connections will be the key to our urban future

Building connections will be the key to our urban future

The world’s cities are often congested and complex, but they are also among the planet’s most exciting places to live.

By mining the vast amount of data produced by the array of connected things within any city, ICT can contribute to efficient day-to-day city management and help leaders and citizens alike negotiate the challenges of their current rapid rate of development.

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Cities spearhead transformation

Hans Vestberg

Ericsson President and CEO Hans Vestberg has written an article in which he states that cities are are shaping the future more than countries.

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