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Diversity drives daring development

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Living in a world without diversity is like restricting your view of the world to one eye.

With a career spent within a global company, there are a few reflections I can make about the importance of diversity and how we approach it on a family and friends level, as well as in professional life. Diverse capabilities and broad perspectives are most likely the single most important asset for a company if it wants to thrive in a fast developing market. Continue reading

Encouraging women in tech at the Grace Hopper Celebration

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Editor’s note: Today we are honored to feature a guest post from Barbara Baffer, the Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Communications for North America, who recently won a Dallas Business Journal’s Women in Technology Award in the Advocate Category:

2015 has been a big year for diversity and inclusion – the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality, and the United Nations adopted the Global Sustainable Development Goals (inclusive of movements for equality) only two weeks ago. Ericsson puts our support behind those goals for a myriad of reasons, not least of which is said best by our CEO Hans Vestberg: “Embedding the Global Goals in business strategy will make companies better.” Continue reading

Taking on myths and misconceptions about European data protection reform

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There are many myths concerning the European data protection reform flourishing in Brussels. One is particularly damaging if a serious deliberation is to take its course in reaching a progressive data protection regulation in Europe. Continue reading

Ericsson Industry Watch

We need the Internet of Food for the common good

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Do you remember the TV show Star Trek: Next Generation, where they used a replicator to make something out of thin air? One can say we something like that now with 3D printing. A German retailer will offer Berliners 3D fruit gum sweets and restaurateurs already ask for laser-engraved sushi.

But before we taste “pilot” dishes of 3D pasta, Nutella and cookies, let me ask you: is 3D printing just a cool fad or is it a strategic instrument to tackle the increasing global food scarcity? Is it “nice-to-have” or connected with the #2030NOW #SDG Goal-2 “Zero hunger”? Continue reading

5G: designed for the Industrial Internet – a recap of Hans Vestberg at Code/Mobile

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“So, you’re not sad you’re not in the handset business?”

“No, I’m not sad.”

That was CEO Hans Vestberg speaking with Ina Fried at Re/code’s Code/Mobile event on Thursday, talking about the evolution of Ericsson and the mobile industry. Continue reading

Telecom operators must think like start-ups to win the digital race

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A new mindset, nimble systems, open platforms, and affordable connectivity hold the key to carriers’ digital success.

At this year’s LTE Asia, the region’s largest 4G event, I moderated a discussion panel of senior executives from telecom operators across Asia Pacific. The topic was operators’ new business models in light of digital disruption. Continue reading

Innovative students fix city problems in Mexico

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Mexico City is just begging for innovation in city life. It lives up to its reputation as a traffic-filled, polluted place. But also, like many other great cities in the world, this is a place of artists and bustling business people and energetic, joyful young people.

It’s appropriate then that the theme for the Ericsson Innovation Awards this year is: “The future of city life.” Here in Mexico, we ran an independent competition among students at Tecnológico de Monterrey, with the winner getting guidance on their entry in the global Ericsson competition. Continue reading

Defining the true mobile business

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Mobile offices and enterprises have been a vision since early this millennium, but still have a bit to go. This article is about how mobile business can be a broader and faster developing market.

The role of the mobile business landscape has evolved in a couple of distinct phases. The introduction of smartphones gave birth to the second screen phenomena. A smartphone moved into every pocket as no business could thrive with PCs alone. Professionals were quick in embracing the smartphone and its status grew. Continue reading

On a mobile data diet and hating it

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I lived for twelve days without data on my phone this month. It was excruciating, painful, paralyzing. I used up my mobile data bucket 19 days into the 33-day plan. Can you imagine the ache?

To be reasonable and fair, I fortunately suffered no major consequences by going “rogue.” It was mostly inconvenient. I lost the ability to continue working while riding through Mexico City rush-hour traffic; the ability to give a 10-minute warning to the family that I’m close to home: Do we need any groceries? Continue reading

Ericsson Industry Watch

Is the rise of ad blockers a sign of the disruptors finally getting disrupted?

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The editor-in-chief of one of the biggest newspapers in Sweden just announced that the paper is going to start kicking readers off their website if they have ad-blocking software installed on their computers or phones, much like The Washington Post already does. This is just the latest round in an increasingly loud debate about ad blockers coming to the mobile phone. Does all this mean that transformation has finally hit the ones that started the transformation? Continue reading