In the footsteps of Lars Magnus
Lars Magnus Ericsson made the world a slightly better place. He gave people’s existence a new dimension: an opportunity to communicate across long distances here and now. People who were ill could receive help, families could keep in contact and businesspeople could make deals.
From the first day at his company in 1876, Lars Magnus had to keep pace with rapid technological developments. When the telephone came to Sweden, he was quick to realize the potential of this medium. Since those days, the transistor and integrated circuits, the mobile phone and the internet have marked new and important advances.
Everybody in the world will soon be united by one common communications network. Everyone will be able to communicate with everybody else irrespective of time and location. This is an irrevocable change, one that contributes towards making the world a better place in which to live.
The task taken on by the authors of this book, Svenolof Karlsson and Anders Lugn, has been to try to identify Ericsson’s place in the events that have led to the present-day situation in the telecom world. What has happened? And what has it meant to us at Ericsson?
CEO, Ericsson (2003-2009)
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