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Innovative students fix city problems in Mexico


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

Europe – any thoughts of adopting a failed GDPR must go!


Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands and the UK embody the digital change that Brussels wants to see in other European Union (EU) member states … but these top European ICT performers must lead and show Brussels the way forward in order to create a vibrant European digital and data driven innovation economy! Continue reading

Ericsson Research Open Day – from predicting traffic jams to mobile cloud robotics

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Most of the time I consider myself to have the best job at Ericsson, meeting people in the Ericsson Studio and talking about our Networked Society vision. But sometimes, like today, I have my doubts. Today we hosted Ericsson Research Open Day in the Ericsson Studio, showcasing our research in the Industry and Society area and inviting stakeholders to exchange ideas on it. Continue reading

#IstandWithAhmed and all the talent of this world


: There a lot of lessons in the story of 14-year-old Texas student Ahmed Mohamed, who was arrested after his homemade clock was mistakenly taken as a bomb. The social media hashtag #IStandWithAhmed is sparking a dialogue that our society needs to have. Continue reading

Simple check-ins equal relief in the Networked Society


Recent political and natural events have proven how connectivity is a basic human need. And how life-affirming it can be.

On Septmber 16, the earth shook in Chile. It shook at a magnitude of 8.2. Terremoto was the word that came across in our Communications group in WhatsApp. Even as a beginner in Spanish, there was no mistaking the word for earthquake. Continue reading

Capture cloud conversations – how to become familiar with cloud geek speak

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If you grew up with datcom and telecom, you are a wizard in understanding complex terminologies and a broad range of acronyms. But as cloud takes a more prominent role in network evolution, you will be exposed to a new set of terminologies and abbreviations. Here are a few you might want to master this year: Continue reading

Ericsson Industry Watch

Innovating from the outside in


In the digital economy, the core functions of a corporation are being commoditized. Small startups and networks of individuals are seizing the opportunity to deliver new functionality and experiences at lower costs. And users are continuously discovering that the products they’ve already purchased have been updated with new capabilities they never could’ve imagined. To keep pace, incumbents will need to go beyond improving back-end processes and reinvent the ways they deliver value to end customers. Continue reading