Ericsson, Cisco team up for wireless Internet products

Companies plan to develop existing Ericsson switches in order to speed up wireless access to the Internet, company intranets and remote LANs.

Cisco Systems and Ericsson Radio Systems have announced plans to develop existing Ericsson switches in order to speed up wireless access to the Internet, company intranets and remote LANs.

The companies intend to use a Cisco interface to beef up Ericsson's ISDN switches, according to Ragnar Larsson, product manager with Ericsson.

"Cisco will provide ISDN primary rate interfaces -- each interface can support up to 30 calls in Europe and 23 calls in the US; the calls are digital, working to the TCP/IP protocol."

The Swedish telecommuications equipment provider will then test the new products' interoperability.

The switches will work with the GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) 900 and DCS (Digital Communication System) 1800 standards for mobile communication employed in Europe and Asia outside of Japan as well as the PCS (Personal Communication Standard) 1900 standard used in parts of the US, officials say.

The new switches will allow mobile operators to offer their customers faster call setup and access time than current analogue lines with a modem connection, according to Larsson.

Wireless operators will be able to redirect data calls using a router to the Internet, company intranets or value-added services provided by the operator, Larsson says.

Currently "wireless Internet and intranet access is possible, but there aren't the switching capabilities -- you have to call different numbers", he says.

The two companies this year plan to beta test the new products at two sites, one in North America and the other in Europe, before launching them next year. They are currently in talks with potential operators in both regions, according to Larsson.

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