For young kids, tablets may not be enough

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This is the first generation of children who are growing up with tablets. Some young children have used these devices and the apps on them for close to three years, but up until now most of that use has been restricted to broadband in Wi-Fi enabled homes. So what will Generation Z and the Pluralist generation dream of for the future? Continue reading

Disruptive conversation during All Things D


Dodi and I jotted down a stream-of-consciousness conversation during the final session of All Things D in California this week. Fasten your driverless-car seatbelt, put on your Google glasses, and here we go:

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Dodi, you expected disruption at D11 in your pre-event blog: Did you find it? Personally, I conclude that ‘mobile’ is definitely not considered disruptive anymore. It’s rather seen as the first requirement and choice for companies like Twitter, Facebook, Google. They say they develop with ‘mobile first’ in mind. Continue reading

Big ideas at All Things D

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The first day at the D11 conference by AllThingsD outside Los Angles was very intense. The variety and quality in the speaker lineup is impressive. Here come a few snapshots from the event:

Morning kicked off with a session on market trends. Mobile first is coming cross as the most important priority for application developers. Able computing outlined as the next big computing trend: wearables, driveables, flyables and scannables. A lot of innovation to come. Continue reading

All Things D – does it have to be so disruptive?

All Things D and disruptive businesses

The 11th annual gathering of hot talkers and topics, as defined by Wall Street Journal star reporters Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, will begin on Tuesday. Ericsson’s Networked Society story and a few of us representatives will be there talking with the delegates on their way to the forum. “D” in the title actually stands for “digital,” but if you take into account the zeitgeist of California, where everyone is gathering, and the spirit of the mobile, news, and entrepreneurial industries, I think it’s better to think of “D” as in “disruption.” Continue reading

Blue Ocean Strategy in the Networked Society summary – a path to success

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This is the last post in a series related to Blue Ocean Strategy in the Networked Society. In my previous posts I have defined the ERRC and the strategy canvas for an Asian and a European operator. Here, I will summarize some findings and provide some ideas that are worth exploring more in depth. Continue reading

ICT in cities makes good business sense

ICT and city life

What are the ingredients of a competitive city? Well, one that attracts capital, innovation and skilled labor. So let’s take a closer look at the relationship between cities, businesses development and growth. Continue reading

What will survive?

Boy at bus stop

This blog post intends to take us to a completely different thought space and challenge our base premises. Ericsson speaks about 50 billion things connected by 2020. Likewise Cisco and Intel talk about the internet of things. Is that really interesting though? Is it relevant to consider what “things” will continue to exist or is it more interesting to ask why things exist in the first place? Continue reading

The uncharted waters of spectrum, networks and devices

The landscape is changing quickly

How can ecosystems respond to soaring mobile data traffic and the risk of exhausting network capacity? Making new spectrum available is an obvious response, but two other elements are rapidly gaining in importance. Frequencies are the fuel for a fantastic mobile future, but it is vital to ensure the spectrum plans and combinations can be realized in large volumes on both the network and the device side to bring the full value to society.
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Blue Ocean Strategy for European operators: creation is critical


In my last post, we looked at the first three categories from the ERRC (eliminate-raise-reduce-create) grid for a European telecom operator to pursue a successful Blue Ocean strategy. Today, I want to look at what an operator should create to find that clear Blue Ocean. Continue reading

Connections make city life simpler

Modern connectivity makes life in the city richer and simpler

In this column, Monika has written a few great blog posts on city development and challenges for cities as they grow rapidly, and one of my posts discussed city dwellers based on an Ericsson ConsumerLab study not too long ago. So I decided to give a snapshot of today’s city life from my point of view.
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