1. The Networked Society blog

More than 2 billion people still lack any type of mobile broadband

You’re probably reading this on a laptop. Or maybe a desktop, or even your phone. If you have a tablet, you could be swiping your finger to scroll past this paragraph as I type it…

The point being that many of us in Western countries have immediate and ever-present access to the network from multiple devices, all within reach. Some say that we are never unconnected, and it’s easy to take for granted the fact that you can Google a question, text a friend, or email your boss at any time, from anywhere. Continue reading

Anything is possible when you go Back to the Future

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We’re in the future! October 21, 2015 is the day Marty & Doc Brown entered a new reality in “Back to the Future Part II,” full of gadgets and gizmos they could never have dreamed of. Continue reading

Ericsson Industry Watch

The connected grapevine – capillary connectivity creates compelling chardonnay

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Five years ago many raised their eyebrows when Ericsson presented the tweeting tree. The tweeting tree was an early crossover between biological and electrical connections. Now – taking it one step further – we have connected a number of German wineries in an effort to deliver better wine and to take some of the risk out of the grape cultivation and harvesting process. By bringing science to the art of winemaking, we are fasting approaching a business inflection point. Continue reading

Musings on mobility in Myanmar – what a difference a year makes

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Photo credit: Anders Larsson

As soon as the plane landed in Yangon, I knew that this particular visit to Myanmar would be very different from my visit in 2014 – my phone notified me that I had a text message. A text message! And I hadn’t yet changed to the local SIM card I normally use for Myanmar.

It must be a mistake, I thought. But I checked, and, lo and behold: it was an automated message from my home carrier telling me about the rates for international direct dial calls, data, and roaming for Myanmar. I grinned from ear to ear. Continue reading

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