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Defining the Networked Society – The essentials

In the Networked Society, Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have taken us to a critical stage – an inflection point – enabling transformative and disruptive change across industries and society, catalyzing an entirely new economic model.

It takes a connected ecosystem to transform the world, and no single entity owns the Networked Society. But we are a leader with technologies, services and experience that enable change-makers and innovators. By engaging with diverse stakeholders, forming strong partnerships, and leading in mobility and connectivity, we continue to uncover and share insights about our rapidly transforming, connected world. The Networked Society is here, but the journey is just beginning.


Exponential innovation

Mobility, broadband, and cloud interact to make ICTs faster, cheaper, and more accessible – creating vast pools of data and providing the tools to analyze it. Exponential innovation is everywhere from industrial bio-technologies, smart materials, sensors, 3D printing, and the Internet of Things, to smart energy, robotics, analytics, and visualization.

The age of empowerment

The Networked Society empowers people, business and society, redefining our relationship with industries and institutions that form the critical infrastructure of the nations and communities we live in. It creates a responsive, collaborative, highly engaged culture.

A new logic

The Networked Society overturns old models and creates new possibilities. It requires a new logic across industries, as production becomes decentralized; sharing becomes the norm; and data, connected things, and platforms become valuable resources in their own right. Ultimately, a new type of economic system emerges in which value is measured beyond financial terms.

Innovation enabling change-makers

The Networked Society is what emerges when everything that benefits from being connected is connected. It’s here and now, and is continuously enriched by technological progress. For 140 years, Ericsson has been a leader in open innovation and our technologies continue to enable change-makers.

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Networked Society Story - 2015

Networked Society 2015 presentation

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Networked society essentials

Networked Society essentials presentation

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Networked Society essentials booklet

Networked Society essentials booklet

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Transformation through mobility infographic

Transformation through mobility

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A connected world is just the beginning

Some of the most powerful technologies ever created are rapidly diffusing into most aspects of our everyday lives. This paper looks beyond the purely technological effects of the era we call the Networked Society and outlines its transformational business and social logics that are now emerging on a global scale.

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