Ericsson launches Connected Home Gateway software enabling multimedia services to the home

Thursday, February 12th, 2009 
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Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) will launch its Connected Home Gateway software at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, giving consumers the freedom to access and interact with their home multimedia devices, services and media, wherever they are. The gateway also enables one single entry point for IPTV and multimedia telephony services into the home.

Installed in the home, Ericsson Connected Home Gateway achieves all of this by providing a secure connection between consumers’ digital home networks and the telecommunications network, and a single point of entry for IPTV and communication services, such as multimedia telephony.

Consumers can then use their mobile devices, such as mobile phone and laptops to communicate directly with their computer, TV or media player. This allows them to access their media libraries while on the move, for example sharing photos and videos with their family and friends.

Jan Wäreby, Senior Vice President and Head of Ericsson’s Multimedia Business, says: “The Connected Home Gateway brings simplicity and gives users true control of their everyday communication and media services. It meets a market need, allowing operators to expand their customer base and generate revenue.”

The Connected Home Gateway is compliant with telecom and consumer electronic standards, such as IMS, Open IPTV Forum and the Digital Living Network Alliance, ensuring interoperability and ease-of-use between a wide range of commercially available devices. The new range of enriched services can therefore be launched quickly, without the expense and inconvenience of developing specialized devices.

By acting as a central multimedia outlet in the home, the Connected Home Gateway serves as a single service-delivery platform and allows remote management for service provisioning and maintenance, helping to minimize operational costs.

Ericsson will demonstrate the Connected Home Gateway, together with commercially available consumer electronic devices, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, between February 16 and 19.