When it comes to smartphones, we’re all different

Consumers and smartphones

It’s no longer just the early adopters who are driving the growth of smartphone and mobile internet usage. Now we’re all doing it! Continue reading

Why fear might be valuable in the Networked Society

Ulf Ewaldsson at Digital Horizons

Fear is an essential ingredient for change. As much as it can be a hurdle, the truth is, I think fear is a big motivator. Though it wasn’t articulated as a theme during an Economist conference this morning, it certainly shone through every speech, panel, and question and answer period. Continue reading

From Malaysia to Sweden: a Networked Society travelogue

Gamla Stan

Having just ended my annual pilgrimage to Stockholm, I took the time to reflect and write this piece on my flight home. I must say I’m really excited to be home soon, where my poor dry skin and stomach look forward to the accustomed weather and food.

Stockholm is the land of the connected, where residents take the latest technologies for granted. From super high-speed broadband connections and geo-tracked public buses and trains, to connected payment terminals at almost every corner. What I find lacking in cuisine is more than compensated by the convenience the city infrastructure brings to daily living. I actually managed to spend six whole days commuting on subways and taxis, dining and even catching a movie with just my credit card and ID – without handling a single Swedish Crown! Continue reading

For young kids, tablets may not be enough

Young children_devices and connectivity1

This is the first generation of children who are growing up with tablets. Some young children have used these devices and the apps on them for close to three years, but up until now most of that use has been restricted to broadband in Wi-Fi enabled homes. So what will Generation Z and the Pluralist generation dream of for the future? Continue reading

Disruptive conversation during All Things D


Dodi and I jotted down a stream-of-consciousness conversation during the final session of All Things D in California this week. Fasten your driverless-car seatbelt, put on your Google glasses, and here we go:

Ulrika Bergström 17:48
Dodi, you expected disruption at D11 in your pre-event blog: Did you find it? Personally, I conclude that ‘mobile’ is definitely not considered disruptive anymore. It’s rather seen as the first requirement and choice for companies like Twitter, Facebook, Google. They say they develop with ‘mobile first’ in mind. Continue reading

Big ideas at All Things D

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The first day at the D11 conference by AllThingsD outside Los Angles was very intense. The variety and quality in the speaker lineup is impressive. Here come a few snapshots from the event:

Morning kicked off with a session on market trends. Mobile first is coming cross as the most important priority for application developers. Able computing outlined as the next big computing trend: wearables, driveables, flyables and scannables. A lot of innovation to come. Continue reading

All Things D – does it have to be so disruptive?

All Things D and disruptive businesses

The 11th annual gathering of hot talkers and topics, as defined by Wall Street Journal star reporters Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, will begin on Tuesday. Ericsson’s Networked Society story and a few of us representatives will be there talking with the delegates on their way to the forum. “D” in the title actually stands for “digital,” but if you take into account the zeitgeist of California, where everyone is gathering, and the spirit of the mobile, news, and entrepreneurial industries, I think it’s better to think of “D” as in “disruption.” Continue reading

Blue Ocean Strategy in the Networked Society summary – a path to success

blue ocean image

This is the last post in a series related to Blue Ocean Strategy in the Networked Society. In my previous posts I have defined the ERRC and the strategy canvas for an Asian and a European operator. Here, I will summarize some findings and provide some ideas that are worth exploring more in depth. Continue reading

ICT in cities makes good business sense

ICT and city life

What are the ingredients of a competitive city? Well, one that attracts capital, innovation and skilled labor. So let’s take a closer look at the relationship between cities, businesses development and growth. Continue reading

What will survive?

Boy at bus stop

This blog post intends to take us to a completely different thought space and challenge our base premises. Ericsson speaks about 50 billion things connected by 2020. Likewise Cisco and Intel talk about the internet of things. Is that really interesting though? Is it relevant to consider what “things” will continue to exist or is it more interesting to ask why things exist in the first place? Continue reading