Mr. Ulf Pehrsson is responsible for Telecom, Regulatory & Trade Policy at Ericsson.
Leveraging over thirty years of experience in government and telecommunication, Mr Pehrsson is the architect of the company’s strategic focus on developing strong ties to Governments and Regulators around the world.
Prior to joining Ericsson, Mr Pehrsson served as the Deputy Director-General, Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA), Director, Ministry for Industry and Trade working primarily in the trade policy, trade & investment promotion and EU Single Market fields as well as represented the Swedish government at various embassies around the world.
Currently, Mr Pehrsson is on the board of a number of organizations such as the Swedish Foreign Trade Association (Chairman), DigitalEurope, the Swedish IT and Telecom Industries, the International Council of Swedish Industry - NIR, the Stockholm China Economic Research Institute - SCERI and the Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions (Chairman). He is also Vice-chair of the Trade & Investment Commission of the International Chamber of Commerce - ICC, and Chair of the Digital Economy Policy Committee as well as the Trade & Investment Policy Committee of ICC Sweden.
What are the necessary and urgent next steps to build out nationwide full 5G networks in Europe? What benefits will the full 5G coverage bring to Europe’s citizens and businesses? What needs to happen so that 5G becomes a thriving platform for innovation and competitiveness across Europe?
Ensuring all European businesses and citizens have timely access to 5G coverage is vital to ensure a well-functioning and competitive single market. This is due to fact that connectivity will be an increasingly critical input for economic innovation and social wellbeing. However, building a 5G network only for coverage is not enough. Europe needs a mid-band deployment allowing for full 5G performance. This is the way leading markets are deploying 5G today. At the same time, if Europe wants to lead in the Edge Cloud technologies, high performing 5G networks are a prerequisite.