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Can mobile money challenge the fortunes of King Cash in Latin America?

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In Latin America people are talking about mobile money. At Ericsson, we think that, with innovation and access empowered by the Networked Society, there will be major societal shifts thanks to electronic financial transactions. Continue reading

Smart cities: the Internet of Things meets the smart citizen

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Editor’s note: Today we are featuring an excerpt of a post from Esmeralda Swartz, VP, Marketing Enterprise and Cloud, that appeared on the MetraTech blog last year. MetraTech is a provider of metadata-based billing, commerce and settlement solutions that was acquired by Ericsson in 2014:

If we analyze the makeup of a city, it is comprised of three basic layers that can be enhanced by the Internet of Things. Continue reading

Data is the blood running through the veins of the Networked Society

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From a societal point of view, the Networked Society in my view comes down to this: “A Networked Society is a transformative augmentation of a society’s capabilities to shape its physical, economic, social, and intellectual environments to its own enhanced ends.”

The Networked Society is a historic opportunity with equal potential for transformation as the industrial revolution was once for the now-industrialized countries. But this time around, ICT-enabled economic transformation also offers a comeback opportunity for developing economies. The Information Communication Technologies (ICT) underpinning the Networked Society do not, however, have a built-in socio-economic outcome in their design. Hence, the Networked Society vision is not a technologically deterministic one but just a mere opportunity that can be realized if backed by adequate public policy choices. Continue reading

On a journey to a Networked Society – please take part …

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We have worked very hard over the last 12 months to be able to release our new upgraded Ericsson Cloud System — Ericsson Cloud System gets Hyperscale Upgrade. Why do I post about such a product-centric thing on the Networked Society blog? Because at some point a future vision needs to be translated into different offerings to market. And at some time, people who at one time only looked through a window at a changing world find themselves standing inside the house changing it for the better.

As with all important moments in time, two things become apparent.

1. Some people don’t realize the importance of the moment in time.
2. Some people don’t realize how long the journey has already been happening Continue reading

My household appliances run my life

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Will robots take over our lives? Well, as far as my household chores go, they can take over as much as they want. And it seems I am not alone, because in our 10 Hot Consumer Trends for 2015 and Beyond we have a trend showing that the domestic robot most people want is one that does your laundry! Continue reading

The ultimate wearables – do you want the Networked Society inside your body?

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You do not need to worry anymore about losing your keys or even forgetting the code to the office door. It might feel like science fiction – something many years away – but did you know that one office in Sweden is already testing chips under their employees’ skin that will let them do many things like open doors, pay for sandwiches and more. How cool is that! We can call this new era the Networked Society inside your body. Continue reading

Bi-directional (and even broader) broadband – what fixed operators need to compete with mobile broadband

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The majority of fixed access networks today are upgraded copper and coax networks optimized for uni-directional data, broadcast TV and phone services. The triple-play momentum has peaked, and two-way media distribution access symmetric access is emerging. This is the first in a series of posts outlining the main drivers and access network options for different geographical locations. Continue reading

Discovering your true self in the Networked Society

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Photo by Andrés Oyuela

I met a guru the other day who has long believed that access to the internet equalizes people and encourages creativity. But she also says the future of the internet includes a “like crash” on social media amidst the recent rise of micro-social networks. So on the one hand, you have great diversity. On the other, you see the inner-circle clubs becoming even more insular.

This guru has this kind of keen insight into creativity, diversity and inner circles because, as she says: “It takes a lot of imagination to see yourself in the mirror as another gender.” Continue reading

How much would living two years longer matter to you?

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When asking about the benefits of wearables such as wristbands, smart watches, and so on, in our 10 Hot Consumer Trends for 2015 and Beyond report, we found that people see a concrete potential to live healthier and longer lives. Continue reading

How can we empower the Networked Society if we don’t consider half of it?

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I’ve always been a girl drawn to the “techier” side of life. As a kid, I didn’t go to tennis or sleepaway camp—I went to computer camp, and learned how to write basic code, way back in the late 80’s.

I remember computer camp so well—how much fun it was, how it was a group of us, girls and boys, until one year, it wasn’t. One year, it was almost only boys, and that year I told my mom I didn’t want to go back again. When you don’t see anyone else who looks like you, whether they’re of a different gender or a different ethnic background, you can feel like an outsider. When you’re a kid experiencing this, you think you’re weird. Different. And you want to conform.

At Mobile World Congress, I got a chance to sit down (a luxury!) and talk to Robin Hauser Reynolds, the director and producer of the upcoming documentary CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, which explores the glaring lack of American female and minority computer science engineers. Continue reading