Dear industry colleagues and fellow citizens of the new digital economy, I have been invited to ITU in Geneva on 22 February 2017 to share my (and Ericsson’s) perspective on digital transformation, industry and market evolution, and technology trends and shifts that impact and shape the ICT industry.
Ahead of that meeting, I would like to share with a wider audience five key insights that provide context to industry, market and technology evolution in the ICT domain:
Socio-economic landscape – Redistribution of wealth, a rising middle class, ubiquity of social media and entrepreneurship are up-ending traditional businesses.
Geopolitical landscape – An emergent Asia, fast developing Africa & Latin America, a struggling Europe and a resurgent North America are impacting divergent approaches to policy and regulation, and conflicting technology-led economic ambitions.
Enabling technology development – The increasing pace of technology creation and adoption in all spheres of society and business are making tremendous strides in base, enabling and application technologies.
Ericsson’s technology vision envisages the creation of a horizontal and programmable network platform connecting devices and clouds, and enabling innovation in application creation and speed of deployment.
In addition, here are my picks for five key technology trends that will shape the evolution of this future network.
SPREADING INTELLIGENCE THROUGHOUT THE CLOUD Connected smart machines, such as robots and autonomous vehicles, are fundamental to the evolving Networked Society. Enhanced cloud architecture that can distribute and share machine intelligence will enable smart, connected machines to work on an increasingly higher level.
SELF-MANAGING DEVICES Combining sensory data with artificial intelligence (AI) techniques enables the data from massive numbers of sensors to be merged and processed to create a higher-level view of a system.
COMMUNICATION BEYOND SIGHT AND SOUND Communication will evolve in a highly remarkable way over the coming years, as interaction between human beings and machines evolves to include additional experiences and senses. The Internet you can feel is on the horizon.
FUNDAMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES RESHAPING WHAT NETWORKS CAN DO The laws of physics are the only real restriction on the development of communication networks. Ericsson is firmly committed to pursuing innovations that challenge present system limitations to help us reach beyond what is possible today.
WEAVING SECURITY AND PRIVACY INTO THE IOT FABRIC In a world where everyone’s personal and financial information is available online, cyber security and privacy are very serious issues for consumers, corporations and governments alike. The rapid rise of wearables, smart meters, and connected homes and vehicles makes security and privacy more vital than ever.
NOTE FROM ITU: On 22 February 2017, Mr Aniruddho Basu, VP/Head of Strategy and Technology Practice, Ericsson, will explore technology trends in his ITU Talk, ‘ICT Trends: what to look out for in 2017’. Mr Basu will look at how ITU can track and leverage changes in rapidly evolving technologies, market trends, and regulatory frameworks, covering topics such as, intelligent technologies and standards, innovations in spectrum allocation, trends in tactile communications and the socio-economic impact of ICT. Watch the live webcast here: http://www.itu.int/en/talks/Pages/ict-trends.aspx
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