Connected rings are more than a fashion statement

Wearable technology

Networked rings represent a new type of technology wearable, emerging as part of the smartphone ecosystem. At Fashion Week 2014 in New York City, Ringblingz introduced their first ring connected to a smartphone. So what role do we see fashion accessories such as rings playing in the Networked Society? Continue reading

Give a voice to the people

A voice to the people

I recently spoke with Tasos Pagakis, a colleague in our Mediterranean regional division, about some interesting findings in a study of the Greek market. Tasos is passionate about the potential of technology to unite, engage and empower whole societies especially in his home country of Greece, so I asked him to write a guest blog about the research findings. Continue reading

Keep on trucking: future trends in transport

Delivery trucks on the highway

The consumption of goods, especially in cities, is making urban transport more complex. This is being driven by shorter cycles for seasonal goods, growth in web-based shopping, and higher expectations on short delivery times. Mailboxes serve fewer and fewer letters. Post-offices are closing down and trucks seem to be the worst urban parking violators around. Continue reading

With e-commerce, retailers must rethink


E-commerce has gone mainstream. People in the UK spent GBP 18 billion (USD 30 billion) shopping online last year, with GBP 3 billion spent using mobile devices. And these numbers are going to keep growing and growing. So what does that mean for retailers and commerce in general? Continue reading

MWC 2014: the rise of the partnership

Era of partnerships

At the end of this decade, when we look back at Mobile World Congress 2014, we will remember it as the start of the partnership era for the ICT industry and the start of an era where creative collaboration defined the market. Continue reading

In Austin, creativity is contagious

Austin, Texas

I recently came across a report ranking major US cities in regards to their attractiveness to business, looking at where new jobs in the US are created and kept. The index was developed by the Milken Institute, a nonprofit think-tank and concluded that Austin, Texas, is the most competitive city in the US when it comes to creating high-quality jobs and being attractive to business. Continue reading

Summing up Mobile World Congress 2014


Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona is over. Result? Aching feet and inspired brain!
Charlotte and I discussed how to summarize all impressions and realized that this show is actually best described as a list of words: The words we heard repeatedly on the floor and from the GSMA stages. So here we go: Continue reading

Take the fastest way please – tengo prisa

The Connected Car

Heading to Mobile World Congress this morning I jumped into a taxi, thinking it would be the fastest way to get to Fira Gran Via congress area. Big mistake! I heard the driver’s 2-way radio saying in Spanish that the traffic jams were spread across all the major streets in Barcelona. At the same time as the driver was chatting away with his colleagues over the phone, he was also trying to get information about the smaller connecting roads. Recognize the situation? All of this will be history in the near future. Continue reading

Getting policies right is a must

Getting policies right

After three days of meetings here in Barcelona, speaking about the benefits of the Networked Society with regulators and ministers from a countless countries, it has become clear how crucial the role of policy makers is in facilitating progressive change. This change must be about using ICT to create new growth opportunities that enable broad-based and sustainable enhancements to citizens’ well-being. Continue reading

Mobile retail – a one stop shop?

Mobile and retail

Bridging the gap between online and physical stores seems to be a challenge that everyone in retail is talking about. Studies have shown that the use of mobile as a platform for viewing and purchasing retail products is still growing, however, there is much more to mobile retail than a simple extension of the online shopping experience. At least, this was what panelists at Tuesday’s session on mobile retail at Mobile World Congress were saying. Continue reading