Ericsson appoints Eriksson head of strategy for SEA, Oceania
By Digital News Asia November 27, 2015
- To strengthen Ericsson’s strategy development and execution in the region
- Previously the group’s CTO, and president of Ericsson Silicon Valley
ERICSSON has appointed Håkan Eriksson (pic above) head of strategy for its South-East Asia and Oceania region, effective Jan 1, 2016.
He is currently the head of Ericsson Australia and New Zealand, the company said in a statement.
His appointment will “strengthen Ericsson’s strategy development and execution in the region, and support the delivery of ICT solutions to our customers,” said Sam Saba, head of Region South-East Asia and Oceania at Ericsson.
The company said the South-East Asia and Oceania region is a diverse and growing market for it. Ericsson has over 4,000 employees to support more than 35 major fixed and mobile telecom operators and a growing number of TV broadcasters, utilities and government public safety customers in the region.
Eriksson brings enormous knowledge and experience to this role, from his most recent position as Head of Australia and New Zealand, and his years as the Ericsson Group chief technology officer and president of Ericsson Silicon Valley, the company said.
“Under Håkan’s leadership, our Australian business has achieved a number of significant world’s firsts, the most recent being the first demonstration of 1Gbps using five-carrier aggregation over Telstra’s mobile network,” said Saba.
The recently released South-East Asia and Oceania Ericsson Mobility Report reveals a strong region with a mix of telecommunications opportunities, the company said.
By the end of 2015, South-East Asia and Oceania will have more than one billion mobile subscriptions, which is about 13% of the global market.
Three countries in this region – Myanmar, Indonesia, and Bangladesh – recorded among the top-10 highest net additions globally for mobile subscriptions in the third quarter 2015.
Additionally, 75% of people in the region will have access to LTE (Long-Term Evolution) networks in five years, Ericsson said.
These trends present both opportunities for growth for operators as well as challenges, it added.
“It is a really exciting time to be in our region. Many customers are looking to expand breadth of coverage in rural areas and upgrade networks to improve efficiency,” said Eriksson.
“Others are looking to address densification in rapidly urbanising cities, building services on advanced high-speed networks or exploring opportunities to transform their business with network functions virtualisation (NFV) and cloud-based capabilities.
“As a technology solution provider at heart, I am looking forward to working with operators on capturing growth opportunities as well as working with new customers and industry stakeholders to help drive the transformation of industries and society, particularly in the utilities, public safety and transport sectors,” he added.
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