Five minutes with… Anders Lindblad

Anders Lindblad, President of Ericsson Region Middle East.

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Five minutes with… Anders Lindblad Anders Lindblad, President of Ericsson Region Middle East.
By Staff Writer Published  January 16, 2014

Anders Lindblad, President of Ericsson Region Middle East.

Top picks:

What is your favorite film?
Wings of Desire or Der Himmel über Berlin by Wim Wenders
What is your favorite gadget?
My mobile phone
Who is your favorite band/musician?
Queen, Freddie Mercury
What is your favorite book?
Siddhartha - Hermann Hesse, Hilda Rosner

What is your current role in the ICT industry?

I am currently president of Ericsson Region Middle East, a role I took on in 2010. A key part of my responsibilities is overseeing Ericsson’s activities and operations in 23 countries across the region. One of my overall goals is working to enable Ericsson’s vision of the Networked Society, where everything will be connected in real-time.

What is the best thing about your job?

The telecom industry is an ever-changing one, led by innovators that change the way we work and even interact with each other on a daily basis. Bringing 4G/LTE connections to the Middle East through partnerships with operators has been one of the best parts of my job, as it has opened up a new horison of communication opportunities and changed the way people use their devices.

How innovative do you think the network industry in the Middle East is?

The Middle East ICT landscape has matured considerably in the past few years. By some estimates, 15 million young people will enter the workforce over the next decade, which will create growth opportunities in the telecom industry. New access to emerging technologies is leading to innovative ideas that help overcome each specific regional challenge. The Middle East’s constant drive to improve is directing the region toward a more sophisticated network industry.

What are the upcoming trends or products in your sector?

The biggest trend we predict is the evolution to a Networked Society, where connectivity will lead to new ways of innovating, collaborating and socialising. People, things, interactivity and great ideas will come together to create a revolution in the way we live. For the Middle East to reach the Networked Society, people need to be connected anytime, anywhere, on any device, so we are working with operators across the region in deployments that will provide subscribers with faster mobile connectivity and increased network quality.

Are you a BYOD user and what devices do you use?

I travel frequently for my job, so I bring my tablet everywhere I go. It has become so much easier to stay in touch with my teams while I am on the move, as I now have access to my emails and all of my important files on my cloud from my tablet.

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