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DECT @ CeBIT '99

If you visited CeBIT and saw some DECT-related items that we've not included below, or you exhibited at CeBIT and we've not included a report on your DECT exhibits, please e-mail us a few specific lines of information to cut and paste onto   this page.  E-mail DECTweb at   Thanks.

This Year's Exhibitors
Several new manufacturers and distributors chose CeBIT'99 to introduce themselves and their  DECT products to the market, in addition to the already established major DECT players, such as Alcatel, Ericsson, Philips and Siemens. 

Exhibitors this year of DECT cordless phones included:
Abest, Actebis Computer, Alcatel, Ascom, Audioline, Auto Telecom, Bang & Olufsen Telecom, Basari, Binatone, CCT Telecom, Daewoo Telecom, DBTEL, DeTeWe, ECI Telecom,  Elmeg, Ericsson, Goodwin Europe, Grundig, Hagenuk, Inventel, Kirk, Kokusai Electric, Loewe, Martens, Multitone, Olympia Telecom, Panasonic, Philips, Phonebox, Rexon, Rosskamp & Burhop, SAGEM, Samsung, Sanyo, Siemens, Telefield, Telital, Tiptel, Topcom, VLSI and VTech.

Exhibitors of DECT PABXs included many of the above and, in addition:
EKB, ENO-Telecom, First Communication, Karel, Nitsuko, Nortel, NT Plus, Otra, Partner Electric, P.Y. Systems, Selta Telematica, Sparnex and TCC,

The Cyrix DECT-enabled WebPAD™: low-cost, portable web-browsing device
At CeBIT this DECT-enabled portable Internet browsing device, from National Semiconductor, seen earlier this year at the DECT '99 event in Barcelona, was shown to the wider public.

The WebPAD is a mobile wirefree hand-held, battery-powered, 8-inch by 11-inch portable touchscreen device, with 18-bit colour and high-resolution graphics, operated using a stylus and touchscreen virtual keyboard - like the latest palmtop organisers.    It works like a DECT cordless phone, with a similar range from a base station, allowing it to be used anywhere in and around the home or office, enabling the user to surf the Internet, read and send e-mail, or chat online free of wires. Such products are viewed as the key to future mass market acceptance of  consumer Internet.

National Semiconductor doesn't plan to produce the WebPAD itself but rather to let OEMs manufacture WebPAD-like devices for the consumer market, based on their technologies, and to tailor them to specific customer needs. Thus, pricing of WebPAD-based products will be determined by  OEMs.

More detail on our Innovations Page, including links to pictures and video footage of the WebPAD (you'll need RealPlayer G2 to view this)

One Better ?  The DECT Enabled Palmtop from Siemens
Perhaps topping the WebPAD was the DECT-enabled palmtop computer, demonstrated by Siemens, which can also be used for telephone calls.  

Siemens is now manufacturing and selling DECT modules, such as used in this concept product, which can turn a palmtop computer into an intelligent, cordless DECT terminal, which can be used to control a range of  mobile functions within range of the base station.

More information on our Innovations and Modules Pages

Dual Mode DECT/GSM ...
Despite the comment from one CeBIT exhibitor (admittedly a promoter of GSM CTS) that "DECT-GSM is already dead", several companies actually were either showing or promising dual mode DECT/GSM handsets this year at CeBIT'99.  Amongst these were Acer Peripherals, Bosch, and, amongst the bigger players, Ericsson and Samsung.   Certainly DECT/GSM dual mode has been a very long time coming.   Whether these products remain however as prototypes or make it  to the market in volume remains to be seen and may be dependent upon the success of the various services and trials scheduled for this year, such as the BT Onephone service due to launch in the UK in May 1999.  (See the June '99 Feature Page on this subject on DECTweb).

A variant on DECT/GSM dual mode theme was a DECT cordless basestation on show on the SAGEM stand with a slot to take a GSM phone - calls coming in to the GSM phone could be answered on one of the DECT handsets registered with the basestation.

New DECT Handset from Philips - the C322
At CeBIT '99 Philips Business Communications   exhibited  its new DECT handset, the C322, which complements the current range offered in its iSMobile DECT solution. The C322 will supersede the existing C311 product. The new handset is a feature-rich, low cost terminal targeted primarily at office environments and customers requiring mobility for a single, or limited number of sites. Philips claim the new product will drive down the costs of DECT telephony.

The C322 has features that equal and surpass those offered by the earlier C311. For example, it has a loudspeaker function included in the handset. It can stand up unsupported, making it suited for hands-free use. It has full menu control, room for 40 entry names and numbers, and a full alpha-numerical display that can relay short messages or calling names. It can select the DECT network automatically and performs  in high-traffic, multi-cell environments.  The C322 handset supports seven user selectable languages, namely: Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish

Ericsson Launch New DECT Cordless Phones
The new Cordless Phone 230 and 260 have  desk or wallmount basestations with phones available in grey, blue, green or yellow - go to the links on our Residential page for more info and  some pictures.

The phones contain a large backlit display and a circular menu system that is easily navigated.  Cordless Phone 260 has a built-in speaker, for hands free use, and a digital answering machine and memo-function.

Both phones offer talk times  up to 15 hours and standby mode of approximately 150 hours.
The handsets measure are 141x53x25mm and weigh 139g and are DECT/GAP compliant.
The  Cordless Phones 230 and 260 were launched in selected markets in April 1999.

New DECT Handset from Basari - the Kaan 901 DECT
At CeBIT '99 Basari Elektonik from Turkey exhibited  its new DECT handset, the Kaan 901, claimed as the first DECT phone weighing 99g including batteries.   They have a range of three DECT phones and their WIREX wireless PBS system.  More details on our Residential and Business Systems pages.

IP Access via DECT
SAGEM were showing an interesting DECT / office  network application, providing cordless telephony over an  IP network.    Their custom DECT basestation was equipped to provide a link to PC's on the office network, with a gateway providing translation between device IP addresses and DECT phone numbers.   In this way as a user moves around within the company, maybe even moving sites, they can keep the same number.


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