Trends and strategy
Three major inputs are the cornerstones for how we develop and formulate the strategy, namely megatrends, stakeholders’ opinions and our capabilities and resources.
Our society is changing more rapidly through digitalization. Three megatrends are driving the telecom business.
Our society is changing more rapidly through digitalization. This might be a shift as big as the industrial revolution. The shift is enabled by the radically reduced cost for storage and computing, exponentially increasing number of connected devices combined with advanced analytics and artificial intelligence. This is what we believe will lead to the tipping point. As other technologies are becoming generally available the digitalization will take further steps. The sweet spot will be the intersection of these trends.
At the same time, we have a number of trends that are the legacy of how we implemented industrialization. Climate change, increased inequality and rapid urbanization. This requires societal attention and drives the need for a sustainable approach to all that we do. As we also live longer than ever, medical advances give cure, and relief from more and more deceases we will have a pressure on our social security systems but also a risk of a health inequality that might further challenge our social structure.
Key trends affecting Telia Company
1. Exponential technology development
An exponential technological development that will be the facilitator for new advances and create new ways for sharing and learning from new advances and thereby utilizing and also commercializing innovation advances even faster.
2. Digitalization everywhere
Digitalization that will affect every company, individual and society and drive changes in most, if not all, areas. This starts from always being connected through ubiquitous connectivity, personalized entertainment, companies changing from physical to digital to everything being connected.
As more and more people move to fewer cities, the pressure on infrastructure and sustainability will be enormous. The concentration of people will also make food, water and energy supply even more sensitive. Managing logistics, utilization and distribution will require a level of resilience and continuity that only can be done through insight, prediction and active response.
4. Aging population
The aging population will drive increased healthcare need but also create a target market with active and affluent elderly who will look for an ability for self-actualization and quality of life. Here the digitalization of the healthcare will be the key enabler for a sustainable healthcare system driving predictive healthcare and home care.
Impact of the trends
Our societies in the Nordic and Baltic regions will change more rapidly than other regions due to strong infrastructure, tech savvy population and a leading digitalized position. As many jobs will disappear and be replaced by new, the need for re-training and innovation will be required over the coming years. To deal with the root cause of the environmental change the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency will be at the top of the agenda. The digital divide must be closed to secure that the digitalization gives opportunities for many people to be active in the change and create new companies, services, experiences and possibilities.
On our customers
For the consumer customers there will be a need for affordable connectivity, services that make everyday life easier and entertainment services that offer adaptation to every customer’s preferences. The need for services that create new possibilities for personal development and take away time waste will grow rapidly over the coming years. At the same time, the need for security and privacy will increase. Some customers care about privacy and some do not. This requires services and service providers to adapt to the preferences of each individual.
For the business customers the need for a digitalization partner is the key driving force. Many if not all companies, are facing the challenge to adapt their business to the demands of the digitalized world. Every product or service must gather information to further refine and develop the product. This will drive companies to connect their products to the internet. The pay-per-use model is likely to grow as more and more products are turned into services. In this world of rapidly evolving technologies, most companies want to buy services to enable digitalization. The areas of value creation will stay in the company but the enablers and supporting services are more likely to be bought from someone else as a service.
On Telia Company
Firstly, the need of connectivity will continue to grow exponentially. The data growth will require both build-out of new technologies and continuously expansion of capacity. Customers are being more and more technology agnostic, and take connectivity for granted. This will require that any operator remains relevant to the customers and provides a competitive advantage versus competitors. It will also require a clear choice of competitive position.