Ericsson inaugurated its first Global ICT Centre in Linköping, Sweden today (8 September 2014). This follows Ericsson's announcement made in September last year to build three new Global ICT Centres. Two will be located in Sweden; one in Quebec, Canada.
The centres will support Ericsson's over 25,000 Research and Development employees' daily work as well as service organisations around the world. Today Ericsson has test labs and data centres around the world. The strategy is to consolidate most of these, with equipment and installations, to the new centres.
Graham Osborne, VP, Global ICT Centre Program at Ericsson, said: "The opening of the first Global ICT Centre shows how Ericsson, as the leading information and technology provider, is taking another step in its journey towards the Networked Society, providing industry-leading cloud-enabled technology.
“The Global ICT Centres are our own industrial commitment to the cloud. With our cloud-based technology, the centres will enable our cross-functional teams to collaborate beyond borders. It will allow us to get quality products and services to our customers faster than ever before. For us this is a milestone."
The new centres will house Ericsson's complete portfolio and will be available to R&D engineers around the world. The Global ICT Centres will have industry-leading energy efficiency and are placed in areas with access to renewable energy and a reliable power grid. The three ICT Centres combined will be up to 120,000 square meters, approximately the size of 14 football fields.
The centres will have a leading-edge design, built in a modular and scalable way, securing an efficient use of resources and space adaptable to the business needs.
Ericsson estimates that the combination of architecture, design and locations will reduce energy consumption up to 40%. This significant reduction in carbon footprint is instrumental in Ericsson's vision of a more sustainable future.