Telia and Sun have agreed to jointly develop and demonstrate home
gateway software to deliver a constant Internet connection into homes.
Telia is currently working to roll-out the concept to a small collection
of homes in Europe and will conduct initial field trials in select areas
of Scandinavia during the year 2000.
This connected home initiative involves collaborating on the development
of network-delivered services via networked devices in the home using
Sun's Java and Jini technologies. The initiative will involve
typical products and services for the home including kitchen appliances,
interactive entertainment center, home control and security system and
An example of this technology effort was shown in Sun's .com Home at
the Consumer Electronics Show. The collaborative effort between Telia
and Sun demonstrates remote access to interactive home security systems.
Utilizing several networked technologies, the demonstration illustrates
how a homeowner can see, talk to, and let a repairman or family member
into their home remotely via a cell phone.
Telia plans to aggressively rollout broadband services to the household
market in Sweden. Telia plans to reach 1 million homes in the next
2 years after investing 1.4 billion SEK in the year 2000 alone.
The connected home initiative needs to be seen in this context as the
entire infrastructure for delivering services to the mass market will
change radically both over the fixed and mobile networks.
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