Welcome to the Disruption Era!

Free messaging on Smartphone costs Telco’s more than 23 Billions USD in 2012 on missed SMS-revenues according to Ovum, in a report published in October 2012. In this report, Ovum predicts that losses could reach 54 BUSD per year by 2016. So what are the options and suitable strategies for Telecom operators?
What must they do now? Continue reading

Cloud content extends device life


You might love your devices, your smartphone, tablet, TV or laptop. But it’s no longer the love to the device itself that is that strongest love. As the services we are using become networked, the cloud becomes our love. Continue reading

Soon a wireless business environment

In business environments, the initial wave of WiFi deployments has been a complement to a fixed LAN. Enterprise WiFi used to be associated with extensive network planning and advanced services, but has gradually transitioned into a best-effort game where capacity is increased by adding new nodes rather than by network design and optimization. These principles have also been applied for the first wave of Femto cells as a fixed line extension.

As employees become increasingly mobile, the question has arisen how long the Fixed LAN will remain the primary infrastructure? The cost of technology is decreasing, and feeding 100 small cells with 3G/4G/WiFi, floor space of equipment rooms can be reduced just as power, cooling, and wiring, compared to an Ethernet port at every desk plus WiFi. We are getting closer to the point where the mobile/wireless network can become the primary business-premises network. Continue reading

Copyright laws for digital transformation, yes please!

Referring to my latest blog on how copyright laws should be designed to support growth, there is clearly a new focus on growth rather than on a singular stakeholder interests in today’s copyright reform debate. Those who resist changing the status quo and hence question digital upgrades of copyright to facilitate adoption of new technologies, tend to resort to arguments such as ‘threat to creativity’, ‘exploitation of creators’, and ‘digitization is against culture’.

However, there is a growing acceptance among policy makers that a digital copyright reform is a necessity, not an option. The socio-economic benefits associated with increased digitization of industries, including creative sectors, are too great to neglect: A change of policy could drive economic growth, increased competitiveness, and job creation. Continue reading

Tide is turning: Copyright to support growth in the digital era

Copyright is possibly one of the most controversial policy topics that have been talked about, lobbied and contested by various stakeholders for a very long time. Skeptics on both sides would say that not much has really changed since the genesis of the controversy, as the debate has always come down to two things: First, the tension between insiders benefiting from the prevailing copyright regime and outsiders, i.e. innovators who are barred from benefiting from the established status quo, and second, the symbols of copyright that creators and users represent, squeezed-in and marginalized in the copyright revision process. Continue reading

Crowd-sourcing a hit


3091 artists from 140 countries have uploaded 6131 sounds in the first part of Avicii’s AviciixYou project to crowd-source a hit song. Amazing! A rather simple set-up has managed to engage musicians in 140 countries to join in a project without no bigger purpose that to create a song. Because music engages. Continue reading

Business growth in the Networked Society


Value chain, innovation and alliances – these are several of the areas that telcos need to focus on in order to achieve business growth in the Networked Society.

In my previous post, I introduced four areas I believe are crucial for telcos to focus on to achieve growth in the Networked Society. There are operating models, value chain, innovation and alliances. I have already gone into detail about operating models so in this post I will elaborate on the remaining three areas. Continue reading

A stroll around CES: Here the science center’s future is reality.

Crowd looking at OLED screen and part of Horizon screen above.

Now that Ericsson’s major appearances at 2013 International CES are finished, I took my first stroll around the Central Hall, where huge brands like Polaroid, Panasonic, Sony, and Samsung (and Ericsson) are all competing for the attention of attendees. As I walked through — admittedly a limited tour but anyone who comes to these trade fairs knows the limited ability to absorb more than a few minutes of the brightness and the massiveness of the messaging – I kept mentally thinking how similar it felt to our family Christmas vacation, when we visited the Helsinki Science Center Heureka. Continue reading

Expectations on CES Super Session today

2nd day of Consumer Electronics Show, CES, in Las Vegas and our CEO Hans Vestberg will be in a Super Session panel lead by Techonomy’s founder and CEO David Kirkpatrick on “The New Networked Effect Changes Everything”. Continue reading

CES 2013 kicks off: It’s about interaction!

The 2013 International CES kicks off today, and we’ll finally see if all the speculations about “it’s a different show” now are indeed true. Journalists writing advance pieces say it’s no longer about the gadgets. It’s about the interaction between people, software, and network. For Ericsson, that’s right up our alley.
And for us, there’s no doubt that it’s a different show. Continue reading