History

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

    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.

    Ericsson: 140 years of innovating ahead

    Ericsson: 140 years of innovating ahead

    For 140 years, our ideas, technology and people have created monumental impact: real turning points that have transformed lives, industries and society as a whole.

    Ericsson: 140 years of innovating ahead

    Inside Erlang – creator Joe Armstrong tells his story

    Joe Armstrong

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    Inside Erlang – creator Joe Armstrong tells his story

    The Center for Business History in Stockholm

    Ericsson at the Center for Business History in Stockholm

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    NMT 30 years

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    Åke Lundqvist - a legend in mobile telephony

    Åke Lundqvist - a legend in mobile telephony

    Åke Lundqvist passed away, but his legacy lives on. Indeed, Ericsson’s industry-leadership position owes as much to Lundqvist as to company founder Lars Magnus Ericsson.

    Åke Lundqvist - a legend in mobile telephony