Twitter is the ultimate connection between people and things

Future of Twitter

Twitter has always been one of my favorite social media platforms. Not primarily because it allows me to chat with friends but rather because #hashtags allow me to tap into world of opinion and views. I can pick one topic I’m interested in and get new insights and inspiration from people with similar perspectives. Continue reading

Live & Multimedia is the new live experience for sports fans

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A short while ago we outlined how NASCAR provides fans with an integrated live and multimedia experience. The next big thing is to bring fans of ball sports into a new key event experience environment, where live and multimedia is integrated. The first step is to upgrade venue coverage and capacity and then begin broadcasting video at arenas and venues to new “fansy-phones” – .e.g. phones specifically designed with great sports-viewing capabilities. Continue reading

The changing nature of working life – Part I

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Just like other major, historical shifts, the Networked Society will fundamentally change working life as we know it. It will change the type of business and value-creating activities we are engaged in; it will change how businesses are organized and the business development processes; it will change how we as individuals are working and the skills and knowledge we will need to acquire. Continue reading

Here is how we’re making a difference

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Today we reached another milestone with the launch of our, Ericsson’s, 20th Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report, documenting our efforts and performance for 2012, but also setting our vision for the coming years.

Today, in conjunction with our Annual General Meeting of Shareholders, our CEO Hans Vestberg said throughout the value chain, and wherever we do business, we are striving to be sustainable and responsible in all that we do. ICT is a broad concept, and this top-level commitment impacts on many areas, from social and economic development, to energy and climate change, to conducting business responsibly. Continue reading

Blue Ocean Strategy in the Networked Society – European operator

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This is the third post in a series related to Blue Ocean Strategy in the Networked Society (see previous posts). Here, I will examine a European operator in a saturated market with over 140 percent mobile penetration. The competition to this operator is fierce providing telephony, internet, TV, broadband, cloud and M2M services and includes many active MVNO’s competing on price and putting a lot of pressure on the incumbent. A price war and increased use of OTT services combined with a very demanding customer base using multiple devices makes the market extremely competitive. This is what is called a Red Ocean market. Continue reading

Which hotel will be first with USB chargers in pool chairs?

USB chargers in pool chairs

Every holiday season sees a population surge at popular beach resorts. In the past this meant throwing out a towel early to get a pool chair, bringing a good book to relax with, and filling in the out-of-office message before leaving work. But hotels are starting to see very different needs emerging around their pools. Continue reading

Coverage and capacity crossroads: grow green or reduce red

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Operators that are preparing for small-cell deployments face a strategic choice between revenue growth and cost-reduction strategies. ‘Growing Green’ is a proactive strategy for growing mobile-data revenues through superior networks at business premises. ‘Reducing Red’ is about capturing low-value data traffic at a low cost in areas that have mobile coverage and capacity limitations. Continue reading

Can mobile phones in school make the grade?

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Estonia is interesting. In the mid-1990s it launched the Tiger Leap initiative which rolled out internet access to every school in the country. It also launched the X-Road initiative which formed the backbone of the Estonia’s e-services and in 2002, eKool, which was a national e-school network enabling access to grades, schedules, homework assignments and more. Continue reading

You are only as smart as the people around you

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Creativity is no longer about one genius in a lab somewhere with a big, secret idea. Instead, creativity is about intelligence of the crowd and about sharing and interacting. And the best place to find these conditions is in a dense, diversified city. Continue reading

Miracast moves multimedia methodically

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Classic Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) is widely adopted for wireless data access in a broad range of devices. In 2012, 100 percent of smartphones, tablets, notebooks and game consoles sold had embedded Wi-Fi while only 1 percent of set-top boxes did. Right now the Wi-Fi ecosystem is going through a significant capability leap with video as a key driver. So what can we expect from Wi-Fi in the future beyond free and best effort? Continue reading