More personal stories from the new media landscape

New media landscape

In my last post, my colleague Anders Erlandsson shared some of his experiences from the new TV and media landscape. I would like to again share some observations, this time from our colleague, Niklas Rönnblom. Niklas’ experiences are further example of how our TV and media habits are dramatically changing in the Networked Society. You can read about these and other trends in our 2013 TV and Media report. Continue reading

It’s time for the smartwatch

Ericsson Image Bank 2008

2013 is projected to be the year of the smartwatch. This is the biggest inflection point for the USD 60 billion watch industry since the launch of the Swatch in 1983. So how will smartwatches make life different in the Networked Society? Continue reading

Verizon buys out Vodafone – why you should care

Vodafone buyout

Verizon Communications announced this week that it is to buy out Vodafone’s 45 percent ownership in Verizon Wireless and take complete control of the North American mobile operator in a deal worth USD 130 billion. That is more than the annual GDP of more than 70 percent of the countries on the planet. So given that, who really cares and why? Continue reading

Tales from the new TV and media landscape


In this post, my ConsumerLab colleague, Anders Erlandsson, is going to share a few personal experiences from the new TV and media landscape. Anders’ observations typify the incredible transformation that is occurring in the way we consume TV and video – trends that are also backed up by data in our 2013 TV and Media report. Continue reading

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