Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg outlines technology innovation for networked society


By Telecom Lead Team: Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg has
outlined the importance of technology in enabling the networked society.

Vestberg, during his keynote address at Mobile World Congress, described progress in the industry
in recent years as mind boggling.


The CEO of the largest telecom infrastructure company
noted that there are still many areas of growth. Citing the fact that
smartphone penetration globally is around 10 percent, he argued: You can say
two things. One, that’s quick growth of 10 percent. Two, you can also say,
that’s 90 percent to go.”

Vestberg reiterated the company’s forecast that by 2020 there will be 50
billion connected devices, noting that this will transform the world. As we
all know, when one person gets connected, their life changes. When everything
connects, the world changes. And we are in the midst of this as an industry,” he said.


Vestberg was joined on stage by Johan Wibergh, EVP and head of business unit
networks, who noted: Our job is really to support the operators, to create the
best networks so that operators can differentiate and can deliver the services
that customers expect.”

The network head noted three areas of focus needed to deliver high-quality
connectivity: optimizing the macro network, to get the best capacity and
coverage from resources; adding to and improving the density of the network to
get cheap and effective coverage where possible; and adding small cells, to
improve coverage in areas of high traffic density, according to a report in
When identifying areas for future growth, Vestberg said: I think the next big
thing will be enterprises transforming their businesses by using these types of
tools. And we are going to be there to support that.


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