Category archives: People

No 4G, no problem: how people in developing Asia are driving social media use

We have just released our seventh edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report and as I went through the South East Asia and Oceania appendix, what really stood out was how much social media has become ingrained as part of life in this region.
Already, one in four of us feel social media is central to our lives and as many as 60 percent are using multiple social media platforms. Even more striking was the fact that this sentiment seemed to be more pronounced in emerging countries like Vietnam and Indonesia.

Smart citizens make smart cities

As we look towards this increasingly urbanized society, there is a lot of talk about smart cities being the answer. But how do we build these smart cities? Do we need to form government committees, public private partnerships, and fund PR campaigns? Maybe, but it turns out that the biggest driver of the smart city is a lot closer to home: it’s you, the smart citizen.

Connected animals can help us protect endangered species

The journeys of the endangered Atlantic loggerhead turtles are among the longest in the animal kingdom, and they have largely remained a mystery until now. An international team of scientists led by Brendan Godley of the University of Exeter has uncovered the migratory secrets of the loggerhead turtles in West Africa, and the results could have huge implications for developing strategies to protect them.

Carrier pigeons – once a central part of the Networked Society

Here is a taste of the Networked Society from a hundred years ago and more. People were connected, not online, but it was still possible to send messages to each other. Things just took a little bit longer, and I can only imagine the feeling of waiting three months for answers to all my e-mails, texts and so on. Maybe I can try to use pigeons to get my next blog post to all my readers!

Can we transform the network into an experience platform? We have no choice.

Quite simply, Hammersley and other speakers described how people now expect full experiences while they are mobile. The bottom line, said Hammersley, is that it all requires the network to be “incredibly solid.” It’s a complicated reality – with all of us wanting more and more from our mobile experience.

An emerging trend in emerging markets – the Networked Society City Index 2014

Although we can see a clear global trend towards improved ICT maturity, we found that cities with low ICT maturity tend to advance faster than cities with high ICT maturity, indicating a strong catch-up effect. Although starting at a low level, they are progressing in all ICT dimensions of the index: ICT infrastructure, ICT affordability and also improving the usage of ICT by people, business and society.

That legendary ICT-driven party that delivered a flawless experience … except for Dad

Our speaker’s thesis is that the more complex a situation is, the greater the engagement will be. Because the party was broken up by police, more friends wanted to see the photos and share them. This is what our industry has to prepare for – and with high levels of engagement and complexity, the consumer experience has to be flawless.

Intimate innovations introduced to win the wearables “arms race”

Early generations of smart watches have struggled on the packaging and applications front. The technology was the centerpiece of this wearable innovation with insufficient emphasis on the fashion side of the package. Even then, the applications were, to a large extent, scaled down smartphone applications where the watch acted as a slave screen for relaying information to the user. But this is changing, and now we are entering a new intimate wearable application era.

Facebook at 1000km/h – how does it work?

In-flight Wi-Fi is now accessible on around 40 to 50 percent of US flights, as well as on international long haul flights via airlines such as Lufthansa, Emirates and Qatar Airways. Some even offer the service for free. There are a few different systems on the market today. Let’s examine them.

Finding your way in Dhaka at the dawn of the Networked Society

I leave knowing that the city I’ve seen will be very different from the city that it will be a few years from now. Like Ayu’s kids, Bangladesh seems destined for success, its citizens poised to enjoy all the benefits that connectivity and technology will bring to their country in the Networked Society.