December 19, 1996 6:00 PM ET
Ericsson introduces 'crypto modem'
By Scott Berinato

  Swedish telecommunications company Ericsson Business Networks AB announced today a "crypto modem" designed for the automatic, safe transfer of information.

With the Ericsson V.34 HE, data encryption occurs in the modem's firmware and is based on the Data Encryption Standard algorithm, an ANSI standard. The 33.6K-bps modem will also be available in a modem pool rack, with space for 156 devices, officials in Stockholm said.

Ericsson is targeting the modem at banks and other organizations that require encrypted transfer of information.

Plans for a U.S. version have not been finalized. Pricing and shipping information were not available.

Ericsson can be reached at www.ericsson.com.

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