Ericsson launches networked society vision

Lars Linden, Head of Sub-Saharan Africa region at Ericsson (image source: file)

ERICSSON has launched its vision of a networked society in South Africa, an initiative that comprises of 50 billion global connections. These connections include mobile handsets, machines and other technology devices.

The networked society is part of the company’s campaign to empower people, business and society by constantly introducing mobile broadband and increased Internet connectivity.

“We see the benefits that are possible when things, as well as people are connected intelligently. When one person is connected, their life changes, when everything is connected, the world changes. That is the essence of the networked society,” says Lars Linden, Ericsson Head of Region Sub Saharan Africa.

Ericsson recently won a ZAR 1,2 billion contract from the City of Johannesburg to build an ultra fast broadband network connecting all parts of the city. The City of Johannesburg Broadband Network Project has laid more than 300km of the fibre optic cable to date. More 100 buildings are already connected across Johannesburg – 3 months ahead of schedule.

“We believe our strategy for the networked society is relevant for South Africa because of the powerful impact broadband can bring by developing the economy and creating jobs,” Shiletsi Makhofane, Head of Marketing, Strategy and GIR for sub- Saharan Africa.

According to the Networked Society City Index, which ranks cities around the world on the basis of development of ICT enabled benefits, Johannesburg is listed at number 22 and is the top ranked city in sub Saharan Africa.

By: Staff Writer