Ericsson moves to SoHo

Ericsson showcased a raft of new products today that are designed help mobile workers in small businesses.

The products, which were unveiled at the UK Business Design Centre, include an advanced call management system, the CG 1000. It represents a first foray for Ericsson into the growing small business market. One of the main features of the CG1000 is the voice activated 'Cyber Genie' which will answer calls and prompt the speaker to give the name of the person they wish to speak to. Using automatic speech recognition, the genie will also play voice mails and read e-mails to the user in the originating language. The system allows users to access these messages from any location, and will notify users when new messages are received.

According to marketing director Richard McHugh, the system will offer 'a true convergence between telecoms and datacoms' and will be available in the first quarter of next year at a price of around £500.

The Swedish telecoms giant also launched products aimed at larger businesses, including the OneBox, a messaging system which enables users to access their fax, voice mail and e-mail from any location. The company also unveiled an update of the wired phone system, MD110. The latest version brings integration to mobile phones -- users will have a one telephone number which will allow them to take calls on any phone.