Lars Magnus Ericsson
Axel Bostrom
Hemming Johansson
Gottlieb Piltz
 Fredrik Wincrantz
Johan Gronberg
Hans Holm
Helge Ericson
Sven Ture
Björn L
Björn S

We're celebrating our history by acknowledging each person who has sat at the helm of Ericsson since 1876. During this time, they guided the business through stock market crashes, world wars, and rapidly changing markets and technology. Each of them has played a unique part in driving innovation and successfully shaping the company we see today.

We hope you enjoy this walk through Ericsson's history, as told through the experiences of our former CEOs starting with Lars Magnus Ericsson himself.

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Our corporate story
1876 Lars Magnus Ericsson opens telegraph repair workshop
1881 First major contracts won in Norway, Russia and Sweden
1900 1000 employees globally, SEK 4 million in sales and 50,000 telephones produced
1902 Sales office opens in US
1905 First acquisition made in Mexico
1923 First automatic 500-point switches in service
1946 Foundation for research into television established
1950 LM Ericsson telephone exchange supports world's first international call
1977 First digital telephone exchange (AXE) installed
1988 First GSM system order from Vodafone, UK
1991 AXE lines exceed 105 million in 11 countries, serving 34 million subscribers
2000 Ericsson becomes world's leading supplier of 3G mobile systems
2001 Ericsson conducts the first 3G call for Vodafone, UK
2005 Ericsson wins biggest contracts to date to manage operator 3's networks in Italy and the UK
2008 Research center established in Silicon Valley, USA
2009 Verizon and Ericsson collaborate to carry out first data call on 4G network
2011 Ericsson completes the acquisition of Telcordia
2012 Ericsson completes the acquisition of BelAir
Our innovation story
1878 Ericsson introduces telephones with single trumpet
1923 First automatic 500-point switches in service
1977 First digital telephone exchange (AXE) installed
1981 First mobile system, NMT, inaugurated in Saudi Arabia
1991 First GSM phones in operation
1998 Ericsson introduces the AXD 301 ATM switch to converge voice and data
1999 Ericsson pushes for 3G and mobile internet
2001 Ericsson conducts the first 3G call for Vodafone, UK
2003 High-speed broadband (WCDMA) roll out starts globally
2005 Even faster mobile (HSDPA) broadband is introduced
2006 Ericsson celebrates 50 years of mobile telephony
2007 Full-service broadband, where fixed and wireless networks converge, is introduced
2008 Ericsson pushes for 4G (LTE), the standard the company has helped to form
2009 Ericsson wins the IEC InfoVision Award for fiber and backhaul solutions
2009 Ericsson launched the world’s first live LTE network in Stockholm, Sweden
2010 New world record, 84Mbps HSPA technology was showcased by Ericsson
2011 Ericsson launched Smart Services Router (SSR) that delivers differentiated and personalized services to consumers
2012 Ericsson launched a Telco Grade, OpenStack Telecom Cloud solution running on the Ericsson Blade System.
2013 Launch of the Ericsson Radio Dot System which enables mobile operators to deliver consistently high performance voice and data coverage and capacity in the broadest range of enterprise buildings and public venues.

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