Issue 3, 2015

Patrik Regårdh
Head of the Networked Society Lab

Power, net neutrality, the Networked Society – what does today’s global ICT transformation really mean for some of our industry’s most important concepts?

In an exclusive interview, the renowned commentator Moisés Naím, author of the best-selling book The End of Power, explains why being in charge just isn’t what it used to be. From politics to business and technology, our leaders, Naím says, might have less power than we think.

Elsewhere in this issue, Jared Carlson and Walter van der Weiden get off the fence on net neutrality. They argue that the notion of treating all data bits equally is a heavy-handed and misguided reaction to concerns about internet openness, and instead ask for policies that support increased competition.

Next, Anna-Stina Frykholm and Fanney Gunnarsdóttir offer an original, practical framework for making sponsored data solutions pay off. In a controversial area surrounded by question marks, they present an approach that can help both operators and content providers increase relevance and reach new markets.

Staying with operators, Craig Schafer and Chris Yeadon identify the missing element in today’s OSS/BSS architectures when it comes to enabling experience-based pricing. Intelligence is essential, they say, for operators to meet rising consumer expectations and capture the full value of the digital ecosystem.

Of course, no discussion of ICT-based theories would be complete without the Networked Society. From avoiding the Panopticon to rethinking the way we measure GDP, I try to answer some of the most urgent (and awkward) questions on this topic.

As always, Ericsson Business Review takes you inside the global trends that truly matter to your business. In a world of multiplying concepts, that’s our big idea.