Resetting EU policy frameworks for a converged world

Media convergence

Earlier this year, the European Commission – or more precisely DG Connect – released its convergence green paper, ‘Preparing for a Fully Converged Audiovisual World: Growth, Creation and Values’.

The topic of media convergence in policy circles seems to find its way back all the time. In just the last two to three years, a number of policy makers in different countries have looked into the very same issue – in Australia, Canada, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia just to mention a few.
Convergence is a technologically driven process; digitization acting as the prime driver while the network is the prime enabler.

From a business perspective, convergence changes markets by transforming industry sectors, blurring historical market boundaries, changing the composition and range of possible market offerings, and challenging the robustness of previously successful business strategies. Continue reading

Massive mobile momentum is materialising

Ericsson Image Bank 2008

One very strong market trend is the fact that mobile plays a key role in reshaping a broad range of industries. At the recent D11 conference, most presenting companies articulated “mobile first” as their single most important business priority. So what does mobile first mean across different sectors when all devices are mobile and applications are cloud-based and designed for mobile? Continue reading

Enabling the Malaysian Networked Society (continued)

Networked Society in Malaysia (continued)

In my previous post, I introduced the four key enablers being considered by the Malaysian Economic Transformation Plan for the country’s ICT sector. These include policy enablers that support the vision of ubiquitous mobility, broadband and the cloud; technology enablers for realizing such a vision; business-model enablers to ensure commercial viability; and ethics enablers that make the vision sustainable. In this post, I will elaborate on the first two of these. Continue reading

Tips for digital detox

Digital detox

Are you among the users dependent on four or five networked devices on a daily basis? These devices provide endless opportunities and can also create addictive behaviors. Nevertheless, some of us might benefit from a bit of “digital detox” during our vacation as we recharge for the fall. Continue reading

Will the Networked Society require a new type of leadership?

Leadership in the Networked Society

Thousands of books have been written about leadership and leaders, and many theories have been developed in the fields of management and psychology. To mention one, Austrian-born American management consultant, educator, and author Peter Drucker stated that “management does things right; leadership does the right things.”

This post is an extrapolation of a previous post by my colleague Peter Linder, who discussed what type of talents will be required in the Networked Society. He mentioned the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) talents. In this post, I will discuss the type of leadership that will be needed in the Networked Society. Continue reading

How “able” will the connected world become?

Able devices

Earlier this summer I attended the D11 conference where one of the key trends addressed was “able devices”. A range of new computing applications are emerging in the form of ‘wearables’, ‘driveables’, ‘flyables’ and ‘scannables’. All are part of the Networked Society evolution towards a more connected world. Continue reading

Enabling the Networked Society in Malaysia (Part 1)

Networked Society in Malaysia

One good thing about being part of the Ericsson team is that, as market leader, our opinion matters. Not only to telecom service providers, but also to policy makers, businesses and society in general. We have shaped our vision of the Networked Society, which means that anything that benefits from being connected, will be. And we share this vision with others too. Continue reading

An ‘Oh No Moment’ at WebRTC Expo


WebRTC brings real-time communication to your web browser, and WebRTC Expo last month in Atlanta brought all the global WebRTC leaders together in one place. My conclusions from the show? It is easier to add real-time communications to a web app than it is to make that web app look good.

The communications paradigm has changed from complicated technology to seamless experience. And the communications industry should take note and consider this their “iPhone moment.” Continue reading

Circular economy in the smart city of Rotterdam

Erasmus Bridge, Rotterdam

The circular economy is a new concept for building an economy that’s regenerated by design: nothing is lost, everything is transformed. This means moving away from a linear transformation process, based on the notion of “take-make-dispose” to a circular process where waste becomes input.

So what is the relationship between the circular economy and the city of Rotterdam? This blog post introduces a case for the circular economy vision using the city of Rotterdam. It is also a call for discussion and sharing ideas around this topic with readers and Networked Society ecosystem members. Continue reading

STEM talent soon a scarce resource

In a world where all business sectors will migrate into the Networked Society, certain competencies will become a precious resource. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) talent will be the crude oil on which the future Networked Society will run. Demand will surpass supply for the foreseeable future, and the STEM shortage will not only be an issue for the tech sector. Continue reading