The main two-day conference comprised some 23 papers presented in 9
DECT as a World Standard (5)
Marketing DECT (2)
DECT for the Residential Market (1)
Product Case Studies (5)
DECT for Business Mobility (3)
DECT & GSM Integration (1)
DECT and Wireless Local Loop (3)
DECT PBX (1)
DECT Technology & UMTS (2)
It was prefaced by a single day focussing upon exploitation of DECT data, comprising some
There were two working exhibits / demonstrations - the Palm DECT cradle from FUN
Communications and the Anritsu
* Included descriptions of Siemens' WDCT North American products and the Ericsson
Cybergenie, also to be launched soon in the USA.
* A DECT Forum view of the year to date indicated shipments of 20 million DECT terminals
and lines anticipated by end 1999, comprising 18 m residential phones, 1m WLL lines and
750k WPABX terminals.
* A presentation by the CEC described anticipated regulatory changes in Europe.
* ETSI standardisation is moving fast with the DECT Multimedia Application Profile, DMAP,
(previously referred to as the MMAP) finalised and out for consultation.
* Likewise the DECT Packet Radio Service, DPRS, consultation was imminent.
* The new higher level/rate modulation schemes which are backward compatible will form
part of the submission to the ITU for inclusion as an IMT technology (3G).
Papers included presentations from Angel Boveda of Alcatel, Gunter Kleindl of
Siemens and Heinz Ochsner of the DECT Forum.
* Strategy Analytics identified need for new differentiation for DECT, with data as a
Data and Multimedia
* Major progress on DMAP products was described. These included wireless PC
links for printers, fax, ISDN etc from Ascom, Canon and Dosch & Amand. A wireless
Webpad type product called the FreePad was described (subsequently launched by
Screenmedia). Integration with Cable TV was described by Telegate.
Business Applications & Dual Mode
* An update on BT Onephone was given by John O'Boyle of BT,
positioning OnePhone as part of the BT One offering. Announced price drop coming in
* Andrew Bud of Connect Communications addressed the issue of marketing emerging
developments in DECT business applications
DECT & Bluetooth
* In the first public presentation of a detailed technical comparison DECT and Bluetooth,
Seyed Mortazavi of Roke Manor (Siemens), indicated that in some circumstances DECT
performance may be expected to be superior to Bluetooth. Care is needed to compare
like with like.
* Mark Lambert of CCL took an applications focus for his comparison, concluding with a
view of DECT and Bluetooth as complementary, rather than competitive, technologies, with
different technologies being chosen for different applications.
* Daire Macnamara of Teltec took a similar applications perspective, with a similar
conclusion to the CCL paper - although Bluetooth could be cheaper and appropriate for
short range, especially data, applications, many DECT applications would be less
suited to Bluetooth.
* Dominic Clancy of Philips noted that consumers don't care about the technology, just the
application. Range and performance of Bluetooth and DECT are similar - thus the
important factors are cost & application not technology. Bluetooth will
deliver these applications later if DECT does not do it soon. De facto standards
will emerge linked with the most common application. If 20 dBm Bluetooth is accepted, then
it is only a question of cost; and if not, then the range will dictate the outcome.
DECT & Home Networking
* Ben Manny of HomeRF WG presented the HomeRF activity.
A rule change to the FCC Pt 15 regulations has been requested by the HomeRF
community which, if adopted, will make the intereference scenario for Bluetooth much
* Mark Stone of Home
Wireless Networks presented about their planned products which have been developed in
conjunction with BT and which will be deployed in the UK early 2000
DECT Internet Access
* The potential of DECT for Internet access (esp PPP) was examined by speakers from Teltec
DECT Modules and Innovative Applications
* The Siemens MD32 DECT engine
module and its applications were presented on the first day.
Later in the conference 5 innovative application case studies were presented:
* Multigate DECT - wideband cordless access via cable - Telegate
* Low Power DECT Modules - Inventel
* Text Messaging - Philips
* DECT Palm Applications - FUN
* "The Gastromax" - a restaurant PoS application of DECT, integrating a card
reader - Kobil / Philips
* The latest developments from Alcatel - 16 km coverage for both voice and Internet,
25 km coverage for voice and 64 kb/s according to DECT RAP, and the use of other
* DECT & VSAT for rural WLL from STM
DECT Chip Developments
* Update from Philips (VLSI Technology) and National Semiconductors, each describing the
benefits offered by their own technology approaches.