Royal visit to Ericsson’s R&D site in Athlone

The Swedish King and Queen visited Ericsson’s R&D site in Athlone, Ireland, to discuss digitalization and 5G in Europe with delegations from Sweden and Ireland.

Royal visit Athlone
Jan Karlsson

Senior Vice President, Head of Business Area Digital Services

I am very proud to have had the honour of hosting Swedish Royalty together with ministers from both Sweden and Ireland at our R&D site in Ireland.

The Swedish royals visited our site in Athlone as part of a three-day state visit to Ireland. The King and Queen were joined by members of the Swedish Government, including Anders Ygeman, Minister for Energy and Digital Development and Sean Canney, Irish Minister of State for Rural Affairs and Natural resources.

Ministers visiting Ireland


We need to have 5G digital infrastructure in place in Europe to increase the possibility of the global 5G winners being European companies. 5G and digitalization must be viewed as a critical part of European national infrastructures.

Europe needs to get back in race when it comes to competitive technology, and fast. Innovators, business and citizens deserve this. My strong belief is that we will be able to take digitalization one step further if we all cooperate from the industry, society and organizations.  Let’s win this race together!


Thank you.

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Jan Karlsson
Jan Karlsson is Senior Vice President and Head of Business Area Digital Services (since February 1, 2018). Ericsson Digital Services provides solutions that realize our customers' digital transformation including software and services in the areas of monetization and management systems (OSS/BSS), telecom core (packet core and communication services), and cloud & NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) infrastructure. Before taking on his current role, Karlsson was Head of Solution Area Business Support Solutions at Ericsson. He also led the sales and delivery of multiple Full Stack OSS/BSS projects for Ericsson in Latin America which were among of the first of their kind to go live in the region. Before joining Ericsson, Karlsson was CEO of DigitalRoute, an independent software vendor focusing on data collection and pre-processing across telco and non-telco verticals. Karlsson holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from ESSEC Business School in France.
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