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Share the Problem: Ericsson 1/3

Note: This is a 3.5 hour workshop that lasts for three consecutive sessions, with two breaks in between. The second and third sessions run from 1300-1430 and 1500-1600 respectively.


Ericsson is working on the next generation of wireless mobile networks and systems. The company's current emphasis is on the fifth generation network, referred to as “5G”. 
5G will not only have higher performance standards than 4G, it will also be different in terms of its structure and its method of operation. These structural and operational changes will be:

Structural - 5G will be much more diverse than current networks due to its integration with other established network technologies (such as wi-fi). Today, connections are created from one user to another using a central operator as an intermediary. 5G will enable connections to be made in a greater variety of ways - including through ad-hoc local level networks, connecting devices in chains, or enabling devices to communicate directly to one another.

Operational - The network infrastructure itself will become much more like software, with greater flexibility and dynamism than current networks. It may also, in a sense, become more aware of itself through constant self-analysis, enabling the network to pro-actively adapt and optimise itself according to its conditions. It may also make certain functionalities or services available via application programming interfaces (APIs) to the things that are connected to it.

A possible implication of these structural and operational changes is that our mobiles, or any other relatively powerful connected products (such as tablets, cameras and cars), could act as repeaters or tiny antennas and base stations themselves. Devices will be able to become part of the infrastructure, becoming both users and enablers of the network.

The Challenge

In this Share the Problem session, Technoport and Ericsson invite you to participate in an interdisciplinary workshop to consider how the future 5G Network could be used, and how consumers might pay for it. This workshop will stimulate open and innovative learning across disciplines, while contributing possible solutions to a practical, real-world challenge.

The workshop will focus on the following question: How may a distributed, crowd-enabled, software defined mobile infrastructure affect different industries and sectors, and what viable payment models could be developed for its uses?

1) What will the valuable uses for this kind of decentralized, "crowd-enabled" and distributed infrastructure be, for different industries and market segments?

2) What could be meaningful payment models for 5G? 

Check out this site for more information about Share the Problem.



Ericsson is an ICT company with operations in over 180 countries. It ranks amongst the largest software companies in the world, and is the largest provider of mobile network infrastructure globally.

Ericsson builds and installs most mobile network antennas and base stations and also provides the operator systems and services that enable the function of the mobile internet, phone calls and text messages. 40% of all mobile traffic in the world runs through networks supplied by Ericsson, which are used by 1 billion end-users. Ericsson’s business is broadly divided between providing services for conventional telecom operators (Teleno, Netcom etc.), and by engaging and transforming other industries (including healthcare, education, retail, energy etc.) through the provision and commercialization of networks.


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Joakim Formo

Senior Researcher at Ericsson; Sweden



Øystein Hagen

Head of Innovation, Scandinavian Design Group


Mads Bruun Høy

Client Director Innovation, Scandinavian Design Group