Everybody agrees that the proposed General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for Europe needs teeth. This is as true for those who prioritize the protection of the fundamental right to privacy as it is for those concerned about the creation of a competitive digital economy. Any company with ambitions to last the course of Europe’s digital revolution has a compelling interest in having a regulation that punishes deceptive, short-sighted companies that use non-compliance to create a competitive advantage. Continue reading
From the beginning of time, we’ve been asking ourselves what makes us human. Perhaps every generation arrives at a different answer, but it might be hardest of all for the next generation. Because now, the line between technology and humanity is blurring.
In the Networked Society, we talk about a historical arc from connecting places over 100 years, connecting people in 25, and being on our way to connecting things by 2020. Now we’re looking at the added layer of combining these layers and making connected people. Continue reading
Next month we will release our annual 10 Hot Consumer Trends report, and the buzz is building here in Stockholm and our other offices around the world as we fit the final pieces of the puzzle! This report serves as a barometer for how consumers from across the globe expect everyday networked life to evolve as we move forward.
To get you ready for our brand-new insights, I thought it would be constructive to take a look back at our last trend report and to update you on critical developments related to each trend. Shall we take a quick trip down memory lane? Continue reading
Think you use a lot of data on your smartphone now? You haven’t seen anything yet, according to our latest Ericsson Mobility Report.
We predict an average smartphone use of 22 GB per month in 2021, if you’re in North America. The corresponding figure for Western Europe is 18 GB per month. Compare this to even the larger current data plans, and you’ll get an idea of the change that lies ahead. Continue reading
Editor’s note: Today we are featuring a guest post by Tommy Änst, Industry Marketing Manager, Utilities, with his reflections on European Utility Week:
European Utility Week (EUW) was full of smart meters and other hardware this year, with many speakers focused on the Internet of Things (IoT), smart metering and the data tsunami. Others focused on analytics as the next big thing to achieve operational excellence. But the real message from this year’s EUW went beyond all this – to the need for new business models and digital transformation to improve customer experience and engagement. Continue reading
Few have missed the buzz around Uber the last 2 years, both for the negatives and the positives. But the popularity of its services and its market valuation has soared beyond what anyone thought was possible. As an example of their urban uniqueness, let’s examine how Uber captured the market for transportation of millennials in Dallas. Continue reading
Editor’s note: Today we feature a guest post from Marelie Ehlers, Ericsson’s Head of Communications for Region sub-Saharan Africa:
The other day on my way to drop off my 5-year-old boy at creche, I saw he was in a pensive mood, not chattering as he usually does. We hardly stopped in front of the school entrance, when he asked the question “Mommy, how do we know when someone is lying on the internet?” Continue reading
Yesterday was November 11th, for many an ordinary day in an ordinary week. For example, a couple of days ago I ordered a pair of new headphones from a Swedish online store. Certainly not a purchase I make every day, but an ordinary one all the same. Continue reading
Barcelona is one of the most fascinating and cosmopolitan cities in Europe. I often remember my fascinating strolls in “Las Ramblas” at night, the Spanish national dish paella in the “7 Portes” restaurant and the fun you can have at mountain “Tibidabo,” to mention a few of the city’s highlights.
But there’s another aspect of the city that we can learn from. Barcelona has been implementing many urban, economic and social plans, to create a high-quality environment for working and living. From the orthogonal bus network or the bicycle sharing system, to the tap-and-go contactless payment system using NFC or the new urban sensors, Barcelona has been transformed into an urban lab. Continue reading