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The current feature is a report on the DECT2000 Conference,
organised by IBC and held in Rome January 2000.
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REPORT ON THE
ROME, JANUARY 2000
This years IBC DECT Conference in Rome in January 2000 followed in its now
well established tradition of good speakers, a stimulating programme and an interesting
exhibition. The programme this year however flowed better than normal, with a timely
emphasis on data - standards, applications and real product demos
Exhibition & Demos
Ascom, Binatone, Cambridge Consultants,
Comlab, DECT Forum, DECT MMC (DECT Multimedia Consortium), Ericsson,
ETS, Hoft &
Wessel, Kirk Acoustics, Kirk Telecom, National Semiconductor, Philips,
Telecom, Siemens and Systemes G.
Notable live demos this year included:
- Realtime wireless video (between rooms) from RTX Telecom, using a DPRS-compliant
- DECT WebPADs from National Semiconductor
- A DECT-enabled PDA from Ericsson had been promised but due to technical problems
they were showing instead similar functionality but on a laptop.
- DECT channel monitoring from Systemes G
- Wireless Palm Pilot, programmed for a restaurant odering and billing application,
from Fun Communications
Both the RTX and National Semiconductor demos were of product platforms
ie showing reference designs which they are offering to companies wishing to create such a
product. In National Semiconductors case they are offering the design royalty-free.
Summary of Conference Sessions
Session 1: Positioning of DECT, Market Development & Customer Drivers
Some excellent papers, providing some detailed and up to date information. The
theme of DECT data emerged in the very first paper and was developed during the rest of
The DECT Review Peter Berwing Chairman, DECT Forum
- DECT is accepted / allowed in over 110 countries worldwide
- 45 million lines and terminals had been deployed by the end of 1999
- Over 200 different DECT products are available on the market
- DECT data products are already operating and available on the market
- DECT fulfills the ITU requirements for 3rd generation mobile and has
been accepted as a mamber of the IMT2000 family of radio interfaces
DECT Serving Todays & Future Wireless Communications Needs
Peter Zapf, Siemens
Theme - convergence of information and communication, with DECT facilitating
both gateways and information appliances. Zapf noted the global expansion of DECT, DECT
modules facilitating new applications and noted the parallel of mobile phones moving from
voice to data, which DECT was now just beginning to emulate. Key points for the future
were interoperability (DPRS), broadband access and value to the consumer. Siemens will
have DPRS products this year.
Global Overview Asia, Latin America, USA, Africa Arturo
DECT Forum, and Harry Mann, China DECT Forum
Custodio provided a breakdown of market size, regulation and spectrum
availability for private / public use in Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa. He
analysed the trends, for pre-1998, 1999, 2000-2001, post-2001for residential, business and
fixed wireless access. He concluded with key progress over 1999, summarising this as:
- Finalisation of DPRS and DMAP standardisation
- Emerging private applications in USA
- Dual mode DECT/GSM launch in the UK
- New frequency spectrum available for DECT fixed wireless access at 3.5 GHz
- DECT selected as one of five IMT2000 radio interfaces
Mann described the market in China, noting organisational changes in the
Government and the telcos affecting regulation and fixed/mobile competition. He concluded
that there was enormous potential business opportunities, but that products needed to be
tailored for the Chinese markets and could encounter delays in type approval.
Session 2: New Developments in DECT Data
A comprehensive session in which the papers built well on each other and included
some very interesting real-world applications and products. Key themes emerging were
standards progress (DPRS, DMAP), the effect of this in ensuring interoperability and
several innovative actual and potential data applications.
- DECT Data Applications and Interoperability - Huub Appleboom, Ericsson
- DPRS DECT Packet Radio, Technology and Applications - Angel Bovida, Alcatel
- DECT Data New ETSI Standards DMAP and DPRS
DECT-MMC Applications -
Franz Dosch, Dosch & Amand
- DECT: A New Efficient Link to the Internet - Guy Cayla, Lucent
- Fuelling the Low Cost Zero Installation Home Networking Market
- Benny Madsen, National Semiconductor
- DECT and ISDN - Tilo Messer, Siemens
- Wireless Palm Connectivity - Dieter Wallman, Fun Communications
- DECT Messaging - Kitty de Groot, Philips
- DECT and WAP and DECT Messaging - Stefan Bramberg, Ascom Tateco
- DECT Data Transmission for Industrial Applications - Jurgen Huup,
Fruanhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits
- DECT-Ethernet Integration - Andreas Muller, Hoft & Wessel
Session 3: Business Applications
This session examined the role of DECT in the office environment how it
was evolving and might evolve in the future.
- Enterprise Mobility Services the Role of DECT - Andrew Bud, Connect
- DECT/GSM: Substituting with Enhanced Mobile Services - Carlo Loi, SPAL
- DECT & GSM Integrated with IP Telephony - Patrik Holmlund, Telia Mobile
- Fife Acute Hospitals NHS Trust - Paul Kingsmore, Queen Margaret Hospital,
- DECT PBX: Developments in the Cordless PBX Markets - Philippe le Port,
- Case Study: Analysis and Optimisation of a Multicell DECT PBX System -
Michael Stork, Rohde & Schwarz
Sesion 4: Residential Mobility
A short session which concluded that DECTs future was still promising in this
sector, in spite of potential future threats from Bleutooth, seen as still an unproven
technology (and this from a company heavily promoting Bluetooth !)
- Addressing the Future Mass Market - Oliver Weigelt, Philips Semiconductors
- Terminals, Components and Repeaters - Benny Madsen, National Semiconductor,
Guido Willi, Philips Semiconductors
Session 5: DECT Wireless Local Loop
This session described the ups and downs of the WLL market in the recent past,
noting a market recovery in 1999, with DECT taking 80% of the contracts over 100k lines
and reduced deployment times. DECT WLL range extension to 15 km and operation at 3.5 GHz
was described. Intelsat evaluation showed DECT plus satellite better than macrocellular
plus satellite for rural WLL - decsribed a trial in Senegal.
- DECT WLL Latest Advances - Gregorio Lopez, Alcatel
- From Business Case to Maintenance Understanding the Constraints of
the Radio Path - John Berry, ATDI
- DECT WLL for Rural Telephony - Catherine de Peuter, Intelsat
Session 6: The Future of DECT: How is it Evolving and Competing ?
A session describing real innovative products, as well as future trends.
Siemens sold 300k of their WDCT phones in the USA in the first year - not bad !
The Home Wireless Networks product, to be launched by BT in April, is one to
watch - DECT used to provide a wireless LAN for PCs, as well as key switch phone access,
at an attractive price to the SoHo or even high-end domestic user (but you had to get a
private showing to pick up the details !).
Managed DECT services over cable TV also was new for many at the conference.
- Postcard from 2005 Does DECT still Feature ? (The answer was
yes !) - Mark Lambert, Cambridge Consultants
- DECT Standardisation Update - Gunther Kleindl, Siemens Austria
- WDCT the DECT Version for the ISM Band - Gerhard Siemens, Siemens
- DECT for Home Networking and Device Interconnectivity - Ken Liddell, Home
Wireless Networks International
- DECT Services with Broadband Access over CATV - Gonen Snir, ECI Telecom
Session 7: Emerging Technologies Relative Positioning and Suitability
- DECT and IEEE802.11 - Vic Hayes, Chairman IEEE802.11
- DECT and Bluetooth - Panel Session
The conclusion from these papers was 802.11 is well placed for high bit rate 11
Mb/s applications, but DECT should take the lower rate ones, with Bluetooth and DECT seen
The conference concluded with a final DECT Forum paper presented by Heinz
Ochsner entitled "DECT Summary: Future Developments and Evolutions"
which pulled together many of the earlier themes and messages.
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