Mobile broadband + emerging markets = disruptive innovation

The widespread availability of mobile networks and the steady growth of mobile broadband in emerging markets is opening unexpected doors for convenient and affordable societal innovations.

Mobile broadband technology lets people transport data securely, faster and while traveling. Today I want to discuss the transformative and disruptive nature of mobile financial services, and how they are changing one of our most powerful business institutions: the bank. Continue reading

Coworking 2.0

A few teammates sharing a room, the objective and ongoing tasks written on a whiteboard, sporadic discussions on ideas and solutions to a problem, a few searches on the computer when there isn’t enough competence in the room. Problem solved, task completed, objective achieved – an image of traditional coworking.

Now, let’s imagine a different coworking scenario, where “ICT is the why and how of coworking,” as Erik van den Broek, co-founder of La Mutinerie, a coworking space in Paris, said when we interviewed him recently. Continue reading

Sports stadiums shift to the small screen

For decades, the construction of a new sports stadium has been associated with significant investments in a Jumbotron, an enormous video screen. At the recent D11: All Things Digital conference, the San Francisco 49ers American football team and Sony outlined an alternative approach where users bring their own screens to the game, and where 4K video and arena-specific video feeds transform the user experience. Continue reading

Connectivity in the city: fast lane or traffic jam?

Apparently we are very inpatient creatures. We can keep our focus for a second, but after waiting 4-8 seconds for a web page to load, our mind starts to wander. After ten seconds, 50 percent of us give up all together and many of us never visit that web page again.

Has it ever happened to you that Facebook just won’t update or the webpage you are browsing seems to take forever to load? Frustrating isn’t it?
The bright minds over at Ericsson’s ConsumerLab found that people in cities around the world are generally content with their mobile voice and data coverage at home and at work. Continue reading

Pioneering technology signs off STOP

Telegraph drawing by Lars Magnus Ericsson, 1874

In our world, new technologies are added almost every day. But today one of them will soon cease to exist. Can you guess which one?

“I was born in 1851. I played an important role in communications for many, many years. A special ‘device’ was used to send me. I could be sent 24/7 and some might even describe me as the analog predecessor to TXT/SMS. Continue reading

How fast is fast enough?

Broadband everywhere has been an industry idea for many years now, and Ericsson is naturally a strong driver of this. I believe personally in the benefits of broadband everywhere, because it enables my family and me to stay in constant contact while also taking part in other activities with other people – multitasking thanks to mobility. Continue reading

Technology and good karma unite a nation

On May 5, 2013 (known locally as “505”), Malaysians went to the polls to elect their government for the 13th time. Being a nation of colorful cultures and diverse racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds, this election was bound to be an impressive show. Being a nation that is also rapidly embracing innovation, it was also bound to be a test of how technology can impact the democratic process. Continue reading

Not only the names will change

What’s in a name?
This weekend I had a fight with my nearest and dearest while my car overheated and begged for coolant. I went into the shop and something that had “Anti-Freeze” large and loud on the label, but “coolant” in fine print. He said I bought the wrong thing because the label said Anti-Freeze. I said: “It says coolant.” We kept repeating just these words to each other, louder and louder, slower and slower.

The reason I write this now is not that I’m not over this fight, which I might not be, but because it relates clearly to an event today where we’re hearing all about world solutions and technology and ways of doing things. And we all have different words for it, but it adds up to using technology for good in a Networked Society. The event is the Guardian newspaper’s Activate: London 2013. A number of game-changers were on the roster including Chris Vein, Chief Innovation Officer for Global Information and Communications Technology Development at the World Bank, Maria Eitel, CEO of the Nike Foundation, our own President and CEO Hans Vestberg, and Vint Cerf, the great internet evangelist from Google. We also heard some fast pitches from entrepreneurs and I’m certain we’ll be hearing more from those people – but more on them later. Continue reading

Value collaborations spark business and industry transformation

Our world is changing as a result of the Networked Society. It’s empowering consumers and influencing how we communicate with each other in private and business relationships. This post is about how the business and industry landscape is transforming and with it our ways of working, producing, manufacturing, and how customer value will be created.

Consultants and sales people offer advice and deliver services to their customers. They do their best to deliver quality work and service. This engagement aims to achieve high customer satisfaction. But do they really achieve the wanted satisfaction level by making value propositions and delivering quality services to customers? Continue reading

‘E’ is key in Estonia

You could see Estonia as a 4G Nirvana.
Or maybe I should say Valhalla, since we’re in this part of the world. Estonia is a classic underdog-becomes-the-champion story, as far as a Networked Society goes. Continue reading