During the first 115 years of its history, Ericsson regarded itself as an engineering company primarily focused on telecommunications. Quite simply, the company was a manufacturer.
Today Ericsson sees itself as a communications company that enables people all over the world to make themselves heard. Communication is the primary focus, while the manufacture of the underlying technology is of secondary importance.
It was mobile telephony that made a global company with more than 100,000 employees redefine itself.
The development and marketing of mobile systems for different standards has made Ericsson tremendously successful. Today the company is the world leader in mobile systems, and as measured in recognition, mobile telephones account for more than 80 percent of what the world associates with the name Ericsson.