The Networked Society is our vision of the future. It goes beyond 50 billion connected devices and is the result of how people start using those connections to make their lives and businesses better and more efficient. We enable that with ideas and solutions using products and services, and/or partnerships.
It took 100 years to connect one billion places; It took 25 years to connect five billion people; It will take, we predict, <10 years to connect fifty billion devices
Subscriptions for mobile PCs and tablets are expected to grow from 250 million in 2012 to 850 million by 2018. By that time there will also be 9.3 billion mobile subscriptions – that is more subscriptions that people on the planet! And by 2018 there will be 3.3 billion smartphone subscriptions, 6.5 billion mobile broadband subscriptions, and more than 9 billion mobile subscriptions altogether.
We believe that ICT will be the fundamental enabler of transformation and progress.
Already today empowered individuals and communities are the drivers of fundamental change. This is leading to business opportunities and solutions that are addressing global challenges such as urbanization, poverty, access to education and health care, climate change and our use of natural resources. Those who understand the Networked Society and its requirements and have the ability to rethink, reinvent and innovate will be able to seize opportunity in this value-creating ecosystem.
A strong societal impact also within reach. Our research shows: 1000 broadband connections = 80 new net jobs; 10 percent MBB penetration = 1% sustainable GDP added, and doubling of broadband speed gives 0,3% increase of GDP growth
Our role: Believe, innovate, convince, bring onboard
The automotive industry is another example of where connectivity is spawning new business models.
In 2013, Ford announced a developer program for apps that will enable content such as traffic and weather information and music to be brought into their automobiles. Likewise, Volvo Car Group has announced that it will use Ericsson’s Connected Vehicle Cloud to allow drivers, passengers and the car to connect to information, navigation, and entertainment services available in the cloud.
There is also strong evidence to support a positive correlation between ICT and social and economic development. We see that connectivity has the potential to bring significant progress to millions of people around the world.
For example, there are about 2.5 billion people lack a bank account or are otherwise outside the realm of mainstream banking services. But now by tapping into the approximatly 4 billion mobile-phone users on the planet, there is now an exciting new opportunity to offer many of them basic financial services for the first time.