Tag archives: ICT

Bi-directional (and even broader) broadband – what fixed operators need to compete with mobile broadband

The majority of fixed access networks today are upgraded copper and coax networks optimized for uni-directional data, broadcast TV and phone services. The triple-play momentum has peaked, and two-way media distribution access symmetric access is emerging. This is the first in a series of posts outlining the main drivers and access network options for different geographical locations.

How can we empower the Networked Society if we don’t consider half of it?

How can we build the Networked Society if we don’t have as many user insights as possible? If we don’t know what the stay-at-home mom needs from her connected home and instead focus on just the needs of the young professional man?

Reflections on 100 blog posts about the Networked Society

From CERN to Barcelona: the internet a quarter-century on

From the northern lights in Swedish Lapland to Michelangelo’s masterpieces in Italy, the most memorable sight for me by far was CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, where the world’s most prominent physicists smash particles in search of answers to mankind’s ultimate quest: how did the universe – and of all us – come into existence?

Smart is easy, changing perspective is hard!

As we enter an era when authorities need to let smart citizens lead and participate more than before, the ability to switch perspective will become a critical local government competence. Officials need to have ability to not get stuck in arcane policies out of habit.

Following Pope Francis’ footsteps in Manila with smartphones and social media

Anything-as-a-Service – circular companies consume considerable cash

Business models in the Networked Society are shifting from selling products to selling products as a service. This shift requires product providers to secure access to more capital upfront to be able to sell their products in the new model. To accomplish this, circular economy is emerging with new financing models.

When children connect everything, the screen age comes to an end

Children are not passive behind their screens. As they start connecting other things, they will be just as interactive with them, without having to hide behind screens. When we reach the end of this screen age that started with the TV in the 1950s, young people will be just as active in front of the world as they are now in front of their screens!

If you have a right to privacy, do you have an equal right to obscurity?

For many years, there has been an enormous amount of information available online about all of us, but the cost of discovery made its existence irrelevant. That is changing with the ability to “discover” large amounts of data with scale and immediacy. But this data was never private – so what’s the problem?

Empowering societies with mobile health

Various telecom operators around the world have begun to offer mobile health services in partnership with healthcare providers for remote patient monitoring. This is truly required for patients with chronic illnesses and mobility issues – in these cases mobile health drastically improves their quality of life. But what if people cannot afford to own their own health monitoring equipment?