Trial WAPs the Internet

Focusing on dual themes of convergence and Wireless Application Protocol (WAP), Ericsson announced its trial of voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology with Cable & Wireless Optus.

Called GSM on the Net, it lets the user have mobility through one number and one handset by integrating GSM wireless communication into a LAN/Internet environment.

The three-month trial will determine the value of offering the combined voice, data and Internet system to customers.

Karl Sundstrom, managing director of Ericsson Australia, said the convergence of the PC and office phone to create one infrastructure equates to savings of management and administrative costs.

He said most offices currently operate a LAN, a fixed PABX network and in some cases, a cordless telephony solution.

"With GSM on the Net, business users can have a wireless terminal, with one number, that they can use to make and receive calls, access the Internet and company intranets, wherever they go with their GSM handset - around the office, working at home or on a business trip," Sundstrom said.

Other new products include a digital camera which sends digital postcards using WAP technology; e-commerce software which enables micro payments for retail transactions; the HS210 screen phone and a WAP e-commerce enabled Coke machine for those who want to use their phone to quench their thirst.

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