Nordic and Baltic telecom information service supplier Telia has linked up with Sun Microsystems to develop home gateway software that will deliver constant Internet connections to European homes.
Telia plans to field test the gateway in a small number of Scandinavian homes this year, confirmed Stig-Arne Larsson, the company's president.
The partners will use Sun's Java and Jini technologies to design network services that will be delivered to the home via networked devices such as entertainment centres, security systems and kitchen appliances.
At this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Telia is demonstrating a home security system that lets homeowners see, talk to and let a repairman or family member into their homes remotely via a cell phone.
Scott McNealy, Sun's chairman, said: "The Scandinavian region of Europe is one of the most wired in the world. A connected home is the next step in the European continent's technology evolution."
Telia will initially roll out broadband services in Sweden and aims to reach one million Swedish homes within two years. Some 60 per cent of homes in Sweden have PCs and a further 50 per cent of the population also have mobile phones. "The Swedes are almost always online," said Larsson.
The company declined to comment on whether it would go after other European countries.
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