Ericsson - SPCC’s Patron

1. What brought you company/organization to Poland? 

Ericsson has been present in Warsaw since 1904 when we started to build the telephone network  in Warsaw and construct a new telephone switchboard. Since than Ericsson has been at the forefront of every major communications innovation from digital exchanges to 2G, 3G and now 4G. We are now one of the leaders in developing the networked society where everything that benefits from a connection will have one and every individual and business is empowered to reach their true potential. Looking to the immediate future Ericsson is introducing 5G and IoT which will transform machine to machine and human communication. Our clients are fixed and mobile service providers and increasingly industry and society verticals, an example being our Connected Stadium partnership at Legia stadium. We are based in 20+ Polish Cities including Warsaw, Gdansk, Krakow, Katowice and Lodz.

2. Scandinavian values in your company - how they are perceived and implemented?

Ericsson was established in 1876 by Lars Magnus Ericsson who started a telephone repair business in 12 sq metres of office space and with two lathes. We are proud of our roots and in 2016 we celebrate our 140th year. We have come a long way from our foundation and we are now one of the leading mobility, broadband and cloud companies in the world. We are a global company that respects diversity and local culture. Our company values are respect, perseverance and professionalism which are applicable to all our employees. Ericsson’s approach to sustainability and ethics is straight from Scandinavian values as is our understated approach and absolute integrity. We are consensual when making decisions and once a decision is taken the whole company is aligned and we move forward as one unit.

3. How do you see the future of your business/industry in Poland?

The communications business is going through a major transformation. All industries will be affected by 5G and IoT that is going to be standardized and available from in a few short years from now. Ericsson will be at the heart of this transformation and supporting service provider and industry verticals to be a fully connected member of the networked society. We are developing our presence in Poland and the recent acquisition of Ericpol demonstrates Ericsson’s commitment to Poland and our belief in the expert skills of Polish software developers. With Ericpol, we have 3000 employees in Poland and this makes Poland one of the largest countries in the Ericsson family.

4. What your organization gains from being the SPCC member?
It feels good to be connected to Scandinavia! We appreciate the networking with Swedish companies and the opportunities for knowledge sharing and social gatherings.

Martin Mellor
Head of Engagement Practise Central Europe

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