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Ericsson and com hem to bring broadband services to the home
Posted: 21-Sep-2000 [Source: Ericsson press release]

[New services to include ability to monitor and control home appliances using WAP and the Internet.]

'com hem's' customers will soon have access to a number of new and exciting broadband services. They will be able to connect their stereos directly to the Internet. Several family members will be able to surf the Net simultaneously. In addition, customers will be able to monitor and control home appliances via WAP and the Internet.

The new services are made possible through a contract that 'com hem' signed with Ericsson to use Ericsson's e-service system to create new broadband services for its customers. The service for monitoring and controlling home appliances will be implemented via 'com hem's' cross-media platform. Ericsson's e-service system offers an open application platform based on the global OSGi standard. This means that com hem and its business partners will be able to add more services over time.

"Fast Internet access is just one part of our offering," says Adrian Talbot, business development manager at com hem ab. "At 'com hem', we want to provide useful services over broadband to our customers, who are both home users and property owners. With e-services from Ericsson, we are taking a step in the right direction."

With this system, property owners can easily develop solutions for remotely monitoring and controlling heating, ventilation and alarm systems, as well as for sending messages to tenants. "The deployment of broadband opens many exciting new business opportunities," says Ola Elmeland, marketing director at Ericsson Sverige AB. "Working with an operator such as com hem is exciting, because they are very aware of the value of new services based on mobile Internet and broadband to the home." Initially, the contract will cover 3,000 broadband subscribers, but the intention is to offer the services to all of 'com hem's' customers starting in 2001.

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