Ericsson unveils PBX aimed at small businesses

Ericsson unveiled its new PBX (Private Branch Exchange) communication system for small businesses at the SuperComm 2001 trade show in Atlanta Tuesday, promising users an "all-in-one" converged and scalable platform.

Ericsson's MD110 Compact Enterprise (C.E.) system and its software will allow companies to integrate their telephone end messaging services, as well as IP (Internet Protocol) infrastructure, the company said. Ericsson Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of Sweden-based L.M. Ericsson Telephone Co.

The system's platform runs on the Windows 2000 Server with Microsoft Corp.'s SQL database and supports 25, 50 or 75 speaker phones with multiple line display. It includes Interra Inc.'s client/server software with unified messaging, automated attendant and SMS (short message service) features for cell phones, the company said.

Currently available in the U.S. and Canada, Ericsson's new PBX system also offers TDM (time division multiplex) and IP networking capabilities, SNMP (simple network management protocol) and network billing functions, the company said.

In addition, customers can add Ericsson's Solidus E-Care Contact Center to manage Web-based transactions, or the company's Wireless LAN (local area network) to perform indoor wireless capabilities such as integrating cell phone users.

Pricing on the new system was not available.