Back in 2020, as part of our Practitioner’s Guide to 5G, we wrote a post exploring how 5G is transforming the mobile ecosystem. After two years on this track, that transformation is becoming a reality. We are watching the 5G cellular landscape evolve before our eyes, as 5G networks, IT and industry converge in the most dynamic and collaborative ecosystem the telecoms sector has ever seen, all looking to unlock – and harness – the full potential of 5G.
The startups at the top in this evolving landscape are the ones that pay close attention to the ecosystem(s) around them and the role they play. They see the potential to unlock new values when solutions expand scale beyond traditional purchases or industry silos. As Harvard Business School professor Theodore Levitt puts it: “People don’t want to buy a quarter-inch drill bit. They want a quarter-inch hole!”
This metaphor sums up the current situation in the cellular landscape very well. Those who gain an edge are not those who focus on their existing products or companies, but those who focus on the needs and wants of their customers. They investigate how emerging technologies and collaboration in the ecosystem can deliver solutions that have a transformative impact on their clients’ businesses. This is why planning and understanding ecosystems has become an essential foundation for selling business results.
Landscape learning from a leader in ecosystem collaboration
As a mobile infrastructure provider, Ericsson has touch points for many different ecosystems that require cellular connectivity, and is working to build stronger bridges and relationships within these landscapes. We continue to certify new devices through the Ericsson Device Center, not just smartphones but all devices connected to a cellular network. We are brokering connections between 5G innovators and mobile service providers around the world through the Ericsson Startup 5G initiative. And for cross-industry collaboration, we’ve created a co-creation space – Ericsson D-15 in Santa Clara. These initiatives have given us valuable experience and insights into how the cellular landscape is changing, and all the ecosystems it touches.
The intersection of ecosystems where cellular, information technology and vertical industrial ecosystems meet is crucial – but it can also be very complex and difficult to understand. The cellular ecosystem is constantly evolving, especially around major generational shifts such as the current system from 4G to 5G. The IT ecosystem is central to the digital transformation of business and the rapid adoption of cloud-based applications, while each vertical industrial ecosystem faces unique challenges with regard to connectivity and business digitization.
Masterclasses in evolving ecosystems
In order to help you understand the changing and growing ‘ecosystem of ecosystems’, we’ve put together a series of blog posts, with insights from a range of experts, using real-world examples and case studies.
Over the course of five episodes, we’ll answer a wide range of questions, including:
- How is the cellular ecosystem evolving as we move from 4G to 5G?
- What are the five ecosystem lenses for effective stakeholder interactions?
- How can I map ecosystem relationships so all stakeholders can play better?
- How can I use a place as an anchor for value creation?
- How can an ecosystem help an industry with high expansion potential?
We hope this series will serve as a masterclass in navigating the new cellular landscape of 5G and its periphery, giving you better tools to collaborate across ecosystem boundaries, where understanding each other’s perspectives is a critical challenge.
Choose your adventure (ecosystem)
Teaching is never a one-way experience. We also expect to learn a lot from you during this journey together – which is why we’re leaving the final sixth episode open-ended. We intend to close the series with a collaborative finale episode, covering any and all burning questions you still have or areas you’d like to know more about.
Contact the authors
If you have ideas or suggestions on how to end this series, please contact the authors via their LinkedIn profiles: Peter Linder, Harald Baur, Taimur Lodhi, or Martin Ekstrand.
recognition: The authors of the Ecosystem Evolution blog series would like to acknowledge the work and contributions of Arthur D. Little, who did a joint analysis with us earlier in 2022.
Learn more about our upcoming Ecosystem Evolution blog series
Collaborate with Ericsson’s Enterprise Ecosystem Our partners help organizations accelerate digital transformation with cellular devices, integration, industry-specific software and applications, as well as system integration and business consulting.
Discover Ericsson D-15, our co-creation space in Santa Clara, where you can turn leading technology into sustainable solutions.
Learn more about Ericsson Startup 5G. We connect telecom service providers with the right consumer innovation partners to help them accelerate the successful commercialization and monetization of 5G.
Find the right connected device for your service and application easily with Ericsson Device Hub, a one-stop-shop for global device testing and certification.