Innovation story

Innovation has always been at the core of Ericsson. From producing some of the first mobile phones, to developing a programming language used by some of the biggest names in the digital world, we are proud to be shaping the future of communication.

Our innovations

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


Ericsson innovations: inside Erlang

Erlang is a programming language designed by Ericsson and used by some of the biggest names in digital communication such as WhatsApp, Amazon and Facebook.

Listen to its creator, Joe Armstrong, discuss how it was developed and its enduring popularity.

Working with innovation

We pride ourselves on constant innovation. It is the essence and cornerstone of our business. 


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