Ulf Ewaldsson shares Telco trends, insights and future gazes with Dez Blanchfield

In the fourth of Dez Blanchfield’s: “Transmissions from Tomorrow” podcast series, Dez caught up with the former Head of Business Area Digital Services, Ulf Ewaldsson. Ulf is a key founding father of the 3GPP standard, and has been at the forefront of Ericsson’s strategy and product development decisions for several decades.

In this exclusive interview, Ulf shares his personal anecdotes of his experience—having been there himself right in the heart of things, in 1990, when mobile telephony was just for the select few. Meanwhile, less than two decades later we now have over eight billion active end users subscriptions.

With almost nine billion people on the planet the market opportunity had to be expanded. Now this market opportunity is set to explode by at least one order of magnitude, with the future of connected devices expanding beyond mobile phones into the Internet of Things (IoT).


Ulf Ewaldsson, Senior VP and Head of Business Area Digital Services, Ericsson.


Onboarding 1 million subscriptions per day!

In fact, Ericsson is onboarding, on behalf of its Telco customers, approx one million subscribers per day, this is set to explode through 2017 to 2023 as reported on page #14 of the Ericsson Mobility Report November 2017. Meanwhile, in the IoT Connections Outlook—connected devices are growing through 17.5 billion to 31.6 billion by year 2023.

They discuss also how to onboard the next wave of subscriptions (objects) and what that may look like.

This special extended edition podcast with Ulf Ewaldsson, sheds light on over five decades of critical Telco turning points, technology breakthroughs and looks forward to what are the next wave of opportunities for Telco? And in addition, what does the future with GDPR and Net Neutrality mean for both consumers, Telco’s and network providers?


Will 20 Gigabytes be enough in the future?

Ulf predicts that the future is about managing data centric needs, he predicts that we will move from using 1 Gigabyte per year (currently) to 20 Gigabytes per year and explained how with the evolution of every ‘G’ (from 2G, 3G, 4G) the world said we don’t need it. How the same thing is now happening with 5G.

The former Head of Business Area Digital Services at Ericsson, also offers some crystal ball gazing to look forward to at the end of this podcast.

Listen to the podcast now and get your exclusive all access back stage pass to the insights and informed views directly from Ulf, of how the evolution of Telco has spiraled and how we in the Telco industry need to ensure the consumer is firmly and correctly, positioned in the driving seat as we move forward into a fully inter-connected world. Let’s hear what he has to say when speaking with Dez.

 Link to Podcast


Related links

Series 1: Transmissions from Tomorrow Podcast with Mats Karlsson

Series 2: Mobility Trends Podcast “Transmissions from Tomorrow” with Patrik Cerwall

Series 3: Trends in Digital BSS Podcast with Jan Karlsson

Technology Trends in business 2018

Want to know more about whats happening in the Digital Services space? Read our Future Digital blog or go to our Digital Services webpage.

Dez Blanchfield: Analyst / Consultant / Data Scientist / Investor

As an Industry Analyst, Business & Technology Consultant, and Data Scientist covering rapid growth markets such as Digital Transformation, Digital Disruption, Telecommunications, Mobile, Cloud, Big Data & Analytics, Internet of Things, Machine 2 Machine, Cyber Security, Cyber Risk & Resilience & Smart Cities. Dez has invested his professional career of some two and a half decades thinking out and influencing the development roadmaps of technology companies, aligning them to the customer experience demands and possibilities of forward thinking digital enterprises.

Dez is also an avid social media user and has a series of podcasts which we produces with leaders from different industries. This is a new series we have launched with @ericssondigital called “Transmissions from Tomorrow”. You can follow Dez Blanchfield on Twitter and LinkedIn to learn more about his industry insights.

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