Malaysia and the road to the Networked Society

Kuala Lumpur

As part of this series, I have discussed key enablers being considered by the Malaysian Economic Transformation Program (ETP) team as it attempts to transform the nation’s ICT sector. In my previous posts I presented thoughts on the policy and technology enablers while in this final post, I will go into more detail about business model and ethics enablers. Continue reading

Raising the coverage bar – now a horizontal application game

Measuring app coverage

Measuring coverage in mobile networks used to be easy when the bars on the screen told the full story. As the breadth of applications grows quickly, so does the need for new coverage measurements. Going forward operators need to be prepared that end-users will expect coverage for all their applications. Continue reading

Report shows broadband vital for sustainability

SGS New York Ericsson

Saturday was a busy day for the Broadband Commission, issuing three reports ahead of the opening of the UN General Assembly. We have been particularly involved in one, Transformative Solutions for 2015 and Beyond. Continue reading

The video-cloud business model is a third trajectory

The third trajectory

Up until now the communications world has been based on two major business models – the voice model and the internet model. We are about to enter the third major business model era, and the change might be bigger than most players in the market expect. Continue reading

A closer look at the ‘tablet generation’

Ericsson Image Bank 2008

I have been reading the latest Ericsson TV and Media report as well as similar reports from analyst sources and I am astonished by the findings: 72% of those interviewed use mobile devices at least weekly for video viewing while 42% do so outside the home. Online video viewing has become a mainstream activity for consumers of all ages and in all geographies. Mobile devices make up an increasing share of TV and video viewing. The reality is that consumers are using tablets, phablets and smartphones to watch videos and TV, so shouldn’t cognitive psychology have a closer look at this new trend? Is this good or bad for society and for business? Continue reading

Explore the future of content caching

Content caching

Content caching allows for popular video content to be distributed from intermediate storing points, with less traffic load on long-distance transport networks and through internet peering points. For this purpose, content distribution networks (CDNs) are deployed today to service performance-sensitive, transaction-based applications as well as video. The use of caching is expected to change with growing video-traffic demands. So, what can we expect from caching in the future when it comes to new technologies, architectures and business models? Continue reading

Stop treating symptoms and start curing diseases


The debate about copyright enforcement – whether rights holders’ unshakable conviction in the effectiveness of graduated responses is rational – has reached a watershed. This is not to say that there aren’t any ongoing, well-funded lobby campaigns around the world aimed at convincing policy makers to revert to the practice of some form of graduated response. Nor am I saying that there aren’t any other important considerations, such as the rights of citizens and intermediaries, to be weighted in when debating copyright enforcement, lessening the case for such practices. Rather, what I am saying is that arguing for graduated responses can no longer be done on efficiency grounds without at the same time being intellectually dishonest. Continue reading

Understanding the value of interactive video


It is 20 years since the birth of video on demand (VoD). Time Warner was pushing the envelope in Orlando, US, over cable networks. BT in the UK made Colchester the VoD capital of Europe. All this was driven by the vision that interactivity would change our approach to video/TV consumption. Ericsson’s first major broadband push was around Residential Interactive Broadband Services. What can we learn from the first 20 years of interactive/on-demand video, and why will the next five years in the Networked Society be very different? Continue reading

TV still bringing us together

TV still bringing us together

Ericsson ConsumerLab just released its annual report about how we’re watching TV. As we at Ericsson sat around the table thinking about which highlights to write about in the press release, several of us reacted to the news about pensioners increasing how much they’re watching streaming video.

Maybe it’s not fair to be surprised that this age group is savvy to the ways of Netflix – so I thought I’d conduct my own personal survey, right here, over the internet. Continue reading

Seamless screen shifting will soon be standard

Screen shifting

With consumers having access to multiple screens, new usage patterns have emerged, such as watching TV and interacting with smartphones or tablets on the side. As a content provider, it is key to offer an integrated experience, so the second screen does not become an escape away from the main screen into the social media world. What can we expect when every screen is integrated into one holistic experience? Continue reading