Economic Impact Of “Connectivity”

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Ericsson, Nokia-Siemens push productivity enhancements of technology

By Tracy Ford
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February 11, 2008 – 1:01 pm EDT

BARCELONA, Spain — Mobility’s impact on the world was the theme for both L.M. Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks at press conferences here today before tomorrow’s official opening of the Mobile World Congress.

One estimate has more than 66,000 people attending the show, formerly called 3GSM World Congress. Indeed, the show’s name change underscores the fact that wireless is moving beyond third-generation networks to networks based on LTE and WiMAX technology.

But for all of the promise of communications, governments and businesses are failing to live up to the potential communications can enable, said Leonard Waverman, a professor of economics at London Business School. Nokia Siemens commissioned Waverman to study the economic and social benefits from information and communications technologies.

Waverman developed a Connectivity Scorecard that ranks countries according to the extent to which governments, business and people use connective communications to enhance the country’s economy.

Countries were split into two groups — advanced countries and “efficiency- and resource-driven” countries, and given scores.

With a score of 7 out of a possible 10, the United States rated best in using communications to enhance productivity. “Even in advanced countries, connectivity is not living up to its potential,” Waverman noted.

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