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Winbond Introduces New IC for DECT & WDCT Phones
Winbond Electronics Corporation America recently announced the W9316 and W9352X
ICs, a telephone answering chipset solution for DECT/WDCT. The W9316 uses
proprietary technology for voice storage, doesn't require external Flash memory,
and is compatible with different platforms. The baseband chip W9352X
incorporates noise suppression features.
Source: Business Wire
N32: Thomson to launch DECT Phones with Colour Displays
Thomson have announced that they will soon launch a
new DECT cordless terminal with a colour display, which will be able to read
cellular phone directories. Colour displays have also featured in the
reports associated with the new phones to be deployed by bezeq in israel -
Thomson ones perhaps ?
N31: Israel gives go ahead for DECT phones
Bezeq Telephone Company in Israel has received the go ahead to begin deploying
DECT phone systems, which will be rolled out from April 2004.
Ehud Olmert signed the approval on 1st December. Bezeq plan to introduce a range
of features on DECT cordless phones that today are only available on
mobiles. Given its record for following the European line it is perhaps
surprising that it has taken until now for Israel to take this step.
The Press Release from the DECT Forum
quotes a very aggressive target of selling some 200,000 phones within the first
by year end 2004.
N30: CES sees launch of new DECT Chipset
DSP Group has announced a new 1.9 GHz DECT chipset which will be formally
launched at the Consumer electronics Show in Las Vegas on 8th January, together
with a complete reference design. If you attend, please do pick up some
information and forward details to DECTweb, so we can inform the community.
N29: Inventel announces China Manufacturing Link
CMPnetAsia has reported that French DECT technology company Inventel has
partnered with manufacturing companies in South China to supply electronic
design and software for DECT standard cordless telephones in order to launch
innovative cordless telephones in the European market.
N28: Infineon reports high demand for DECT Chipsets
High DECT chipsets sales were reported as one of the contributory
factors to good 3Q2003 results from German chip manufacturer Infineon.
With the industry cycle on the up and the beginnings of an upturn in the
telecoms sector let us hope that 2004 doesn't see the DECT industry facing chip
shortages as were the case last time we faced this situation.
N27: RTX Telecom signs Australian DECT Contract
Under terms of a recently announced contract, RTX Telecom will be supplying
Australia's subscription TV provider Foxtel with DECT cordless phone extensions,
to provide the company's customers with an easy return channel. The
concept will will simplify the installation of the PSTN return path and thereby
encourage take up of services such as “Pay-Per-View” and additional
interactive services available to users of digital satellite and cable services.
N26: DECT '04 Conference - January 2004 in Amsterdam
IBC has begun promoting its DECT'04 conference which will be held in Amsterdam
in January. The event represents the 8th in IBC's long running
series. The programme incorporates presentations from several Board
members of the DECT Forum, as well as others. See DECTweb's Conference
Page for more details.
N25: DECT Forum General Assembly
The 22nd January 2004 sees a meeting of the DECT Forum General Assembly, to
be held in Amsterdam following the IBC DECT'04 conference. For more
information please visit the DECT Forum website.
N24: DECTweb announces the development of the
DECT Industry Report
Scheduled to be released 1Q 2004, the DECT Industry Report will be a
comprehensive analysis of the whole DECT Industry. It will provide a wide range
of industry background, reviewing the market, highlighting recent developments,
assessing opportunities and threats for DECT, and including an annex of
companies active in DECT, as well as much more.
As a part of this DECTweb is wanting to hear the
views from companies and individuals within the DECT industry, regarding what
they'd like to see in the report i.e. any particular information that would like
to see included in the report; as well as any information you or your company
could provide for inclusion in the report.
For further details and to register your interest
or e-mail the DECTweb editors at email@example.com
N23: Philips brings texting to fixed-line phone
Winston Chai, CNET Asia
The Onis 300, unveiled in Singapore last Thursday, is the company's first DECT (Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications) phone to support short messaging service (SMS).
The Onis 300 incorporates several handphone traits, including the ability to customise ringtones and graphics according to different caller groups.
Mirroring another popular mobile function, it also sports a predictive text feature from wireless software maker Eatoni, enabling users to send and receive text messages in countries which support fixed-line SMS.
According to the US-based GSM Association, about 366 billion SMS messages were
sent globally in 2002. This translates to over $36bn in worldwide revenue
without hefty marketing and infrastructure investments. Fixed-line operators are
now hoping to tap into this burgeoning market and expand revenues beyond voice
services through fixed-line SMS messaging.
'We have about 5,000 users who send SMS messages between fixed lines and mobile phones on a daily basis," said Suresh Rajendra, SingTel's senior manager for marketing.
Rajendra said in light of the positive response, the company may consider
extending more SMS-based mobile applications onto home phones. "These could
include news updates or the lottery results announcements," he said. "Once an application has proven its merits on the mobile phone, we may consider bringing it into the home phone," stressed Rajendra.
Philips it is already gearing to incorporate more advanced cellular applications such as EMS (Enhanced Messaging Service) and MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) into its upcoming cordless phones.
"We are working to authorities in Europe to finalise the standard for EMS and MMS on the fixed line," said Philippe Deflandre, Philips' DECT product manager. "These products should be ready by next year."
Product bring DECT VOIP
DeTeWe, the leading provider of voice and data
solutions, have announced its plans to launch the first ever integration of
wireless telephony in VoIP networks in Q4 of 2003. Until recently, the
infrastructure of VoIP networks had been incomplete, offering only wired
solutions, making DeTeWe the first company in the world to achieve wireless
mobility over IP networks.
This launch puts DeTeWe at the forefront of wireless IP
development. Until now, DECT radio networks could only be integrated into
telecommunications structures. Modern IP networks could only address corded IP
telephones. With a DECT over IP solution, roaming functionality, with the
service quality required for business users, is enabled.
Nadahl Shocair, Chief Executive of DeTeWe UK and Directing
Strategist to the Board of DeTeWe AG, comments: “DECT over IP offers clear
business benefits to UK firms. Most companies are still operating network
infrastructures split into a telephony network, a computer network, and
additional networks for facility management. This spread of legacy networks
results in expensive and inefficient installation and maintenance, and is
difficult and costly to expand. Put simply, the network infrastructure is not
set up to adapt as the business grows."
lauches new DECT Headsets
New Bluetooth and DECT wireless headsets claim to offer significantly better battery life and longer range than was previously possible.
Plantronics showed its new wireless headset product for landline phones, the CS60. Rather than being Bluetooth-based, the CS670 uses DECT wireless -- the system used in many domestic cordless phones -- to get greater range.
Plantronics claims the device has a range of about 100 metres, which would be 10 times Bluetooth's maximum range. While other DECT headsets are already available, Plantronics believes this to be the first clip-on one to come to market.
telephone frequency phased out in Malta
di-ve.com, Malta - 17 Jun 2003
CT1 and CT1+, CT2 no longer to be used in Malta
In a statement, the Department of Wireless Telegraphy has advised that after
various consultations, the use of CT1, CT1+ analogue application frequencies and
CT2 digital applications in the 900MHz band should be used for other purposes in
The Department stated that CT1+ applications were never used in Malta although
CT1 and CT2 were widely successful. However, these frequencies have now been
superseded by Digital European Cordless Telecommunications (DECT) applications,
which is a pan-European standard.
Thus, the Department of Wireless Telegraphy has informed the general public that
as from 1st August 2003, CT1 and CT2 cordless telephones will no longer be
approved for use in Malta.
Office of Private Health Care Deploys IP Telephony Solution
Business Wire - 16 Jun 2003
Swiss Office of Private Health Care Deploys IP Telephony Solution from Nortel
The new headquarters of the Office of Private Health Care (OKK - Offentliche
Krankenkasse (KuV AG)) in Landquart has deployed a Succession 1000 enterprise IP
(Internet Protocol) telephony solution from Nortel Networks to help drive
reduced costs, greater productivity and improved customer service.
Implemented by Swisscom Systems, the Swiss service company for private branch
exchange (PBX), this new IP-based enterprise solution is delivering advanced
business telephony services to OKK's six regional offices across the canton of
Grison. The company's employees are now benefiting from a range of new features
and services, allowing OKK to establish a fully-integrated corporate and mobile
network internally, and to develop closer relationships with customers and
The OKK network is based on Nortel Networks Succession 1000, Nortel Networks
CallPilot Unified Messaging, and Microsoft TAPI (Telephone Applications
Programming Interface), which enables 'screen pops' through employee PCs. OKK is
also using Nortel Networks Symposium Call Centre Server to set up and manage its
contact centre. OKK also chose to converge its network to enable its entire
staff to benefit from a flexible, mobile environment using 90 Nortel Networks
i2004 Internet Phones and Nortel Networks Meridian C4010 DECT (Digital European
Cordless Telephone) cordless phones.
Deploys Nortel Networks Solution to Create 'State-of-the-Art' Infrastructure;
Able to Adopt Latest Converged Voice over Data Technology at Its Own Pace
Business Wire (press release) - 4 June 2003
Bluepoint Corporation Ltd has deployed an advanced telecommunications system
from Nortel Networks that supports current business operations while positioning
Bluepoint to implement the latest converged voice and data technology at its own
pace. The deployment was completed in conjunction with Kingston Communications,
a Nortel Networks 'channel partner.'
Bluepoint, a leading UK computer hardware distributor
that had a turnover of over GBP17m per annum in 2002, selected Kingston
Communications to deploy Nortel Networks technology to provide a
'state-of-the-art' infrastructure for its new GBP1.5million headquarters in
Nortel Networks Business Communications Manager (BCM) enables Bluepoint to use
standard telephones, then gradually roll out IP telephony in a phased approach
in order to streamline telecoms expenditures. BCM ties in with Bluepoint's
cordless (DECT) phones to ensure that staff are reachable whether at their desks
or in the warehouse. Nortel Networks call centre software can route calls
according to the availability and skills of Bluepoint's staff.
access to Internet and telephone may soon become a reality
The Hindu - 6 May 2003
About 1000 Internet users in the St. Thomas Mount telephone exchange
in Chennai and 500 Internet users in R. T. Nagar telephone exchange in
Bangalore, would soon have the facility of accessing the Internet and using the
telephone simultaneously at any given point of time. The facility is already in
place at Koppam some 250 km from Chennai, making 45 villages Internet ready
The possibility of simultaneous access to Internet and telephone is in stark
contrast to the prevailing situation where only one facility can be used at a
time. This technology to be implemented by the Department of Telecommunications
(DOT) in the two exchanges will be made possible using the CorDECT Wireless in
Local Loop (WLL) jointly developed by five Chennai based companies, namely Midas
Communication Technologies Pvt Ltd, Banyan Networks, Vembu Systems, Niligiri
Networks and Polaris Software Laboratory along with the Indian Institute of
The CorDECT WLL technology essentially has a wall set which has either a
built-in antenna or a rooftop antenna at the subscriber's end connected to the
compact base station (CBS) which in turn is connected to the telephone exchange
through DECT interface unit (DIU). A compact base station is designed to serve
1000 subscribers at a time. A proportional increase in base stations can meet
the demands of a growing number of subscribers.
"We will be able to serve two kinds of subscribers with this technology
- one where the wall set is connected to the base station through wireless and
the other in which the wall set is connected to the existing land line
(telephone connection). And in both cases we will be able to provide
simultaneous voice and Internet connectivity," said Mr. Purohit B. Purohit,
Director of Midas Communication Technologies. It will use the 1800-1900 MHz
and China Mobile US$200,000 in products in anti-Sars support
- 21 MayAlcatel, the world’s largest
telecom infrastructure provider, and China’s biggest mobile operator China
Mobile, joined hands today to donate more than US$200,000 worth of telecom goods
to the Beijing Government, to support the hospitals and medical workers here
treating patients with severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).
Alcatel is donating 1,000 Alcatel One Touch 512 mobile phones, with China
Mobile donating an equivalent 1,000 Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards
and 2,000 prepaid cards with a stored value of about US$12 each. Other donated
products include Alcatel Shanghai Bell’s Integrated Services Digital Network
(ISDN) video phones to enable isolated SARS patients to “see” their loved
ones, as well as PABXs and Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT)
cordless phones to improve the hospitals’ communications in these times.
N15: DECT access to IP networks
DECTweb - 20 May 2003
ETSI has restarted the EP DECT Special Task Force (STF) 207 which main task
is to develop Technical Specification (TS) on DECT access to IP networks. Final
draft is expected to be delivered by mid August.
The new development has been triggered mainly by two factors: (1) DECT
becoming the de facto technology for residential and business cordless
telephony, and, (2) the increasing popularity of IP networks; both contributing
to the increased demand for DECT terminals that can be connected to IP via
Ethernet, Cable or xDSL.
The new TS targets specifically VoIP, and an "end system"
configuration where IP is terminated into the FP (the DECT base station).
Transparent access to IP is described into the DECT DPRS standard (EN 301 469).
Topics to be covered, among others, include: Mobile IP, SIP interworking,
Handover between DECT base stations connected over IP, etc.
For information or contribution please contact the STF 207 leader Stoyan Baev
Order Books Full With Contracts For Over 2 M Lines
Financial Express, India - 23 Feb 2003
For CorDect, the Dect-based wireless in local loop (WLL) technology, the mega
orders have finally started rolling in. First, Reliance announced its major
order of 15 lakh CorDect lines across the country in the next two to three
years. And now, after a test-run with 25,000 CorDect systems in 24 cities across
nine states for over an year, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has recently
awarded a contract for over 5.7 lakh CorDect lines.
CorDect, the wireless access system for last mile
connectivity, has been jointly developed by Chennai-based Midas Communication
Technologies Pvt Ltd and Telecommunications and Computer Network Group (TENET)
Also see Chitradurga
villages to get wireless phone connections
Group posts 40% growth in revenues in 2002 attributed to 2.4Ghz chip and plans
to target DECT in Europe
Ha'aretz, Israel - 22
DSPG CEO and Chairman Eli Ayalon said that the company's domination of the
American market enables it to divert its development efforts to the European
market, where it is now making inroads. He says that the company's new chip will
operate with the DECT protocol, at a frequency of 1.9 Ghz, and is intended for
distribution in Europe. Ayalon states that the new chip is expected to be
released in 2004, and that substantial sales in the European market may be
expected at that time.
The reason for DSPG's increased business volume is the success of its 2.4 Ghz
chip, which is used in cordless phones, and mainly aimed at the American market.
The chip is found in telephones manufactured by leading producers such as
Panasonic and General Electric, and has supplied 60 percent of DSPG's quarterly
revenues since its launch in early 2002.
N12: New Module Delivers Simple DECT Messaging
DECTweb - 15 Jan 2003
Wavelink has released a messaging interface which
translates outputs from a wide range of Nurse Call or other third party high
level alarm systems and delivers them as text messages to KIRK DECT system
handsets. This removes the need for users to carry both a pager and a cordless
handset around their workplace.
See press release: http://www.dectweb.com/News&Views/PressReleases/PR2003/150103Wavelink.htm
DECT Handset Enhances Wavelink Offering
DECTweb - 15 Jan 2003
Wavelink Communications have an IP rated
industrial DECT handset to their range of wireless voice and messaging solutions
offered. The handset is rated IP52, protecting it against dust (with no harmful
deposit) and against direct sprays of water up to 15 degrees from the vertical.
This makes the handset suited for harsh environments often found in
manufacturing or areas where the handset could be exposed to water, including
See press release: http://www.dectweb.com/News&Views/PressReleases/PR2003/150103kirk.htm
DECT Conference relaunched by IBC,
as part of the Short Range Wireless
DECTweb - 6 Jan 2003
Following discussions between the DECT Forum, DECTweb and companies within the DECT
industry, IBC have announced a DECT Conference day as part of the Short Range Wireless Solutions event taking place next
month, 11 & 12 February 2003, in London.
The full conference will be 2 days. The first day will have
presentations on a variety of short range
wireless technologies including Zigbee, WiMedia, DECT, Bluetooth, Ultra-Wide
Band & Near Field Communications. The second day will focus entirely on DECT
- technology , market growth and DECT evolution.
DECTweb is supporting this conference, both as an online
partner and providing the Chairman
for the second day, Walter Tuttlebee, Founding Editor of
DECTweb. If you attend the conference please take the opportunity to
introduce yourself to David Tuttlebee, who will also be at the event, preparing
a report on the latest DECT news and product announcements at the conference for
For further information about the event see the conferences
introduce new spectrum approach for DECT (and other technologies)
AllAfrica.com, Africa - 02
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is introducing new spectrum fees and pricing strategy on the national
spectrum. It has described its new fees as "very fair and competitive".
The Commission said in Abuja that these changes have become
imperative because study has shown that the current fee structure implemented by the
Ministry of Communications is defective in many ways. According to the NCC, it was discovered that spectrum was
priced on a per-subscriber basis but that there were many inconsistencies in
the amount charged per subscriber. The NCC said that while some were charged N50,000 per
subscriber, others were charged N5,000 or N2,500 per subscriber for exactly the
same spectrum band.
The NCC pointed out that spectrum bands which have the
possibility of being shared among large number of users will be assigned under
class licenses. These include microwave frequencies,
point-to-point VHF/UHF radio and DECT spectrum. DECT continues to be
an attractive technology for rapid provision of new phone lines by wireless
local loop in Nigeria and other countries.
swells the ranks of DECT
DECTweb - 21 Dec 2002
Ascalade, a company specializing in the manufacturing of digital cordless phones (2.4GHz and DECT) for
ODM/OEMs, chose to raise its profile at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair, with an unveiling
of its 2003 product line. A relatively unknown name until recently in the
industry, Ascalade positions itself as a fresh option for distributors and retailers who are looking for alternative DECT and 2.4 GHz suppliers,
with an emphasis on
quality of product and uniqueness of design.
In its first year (2002), Ascalade claims to
have already exceeded its sales expectations and seen rapid expansion into Hong Kong and European markets,
with a solid retail presence under well-recognized consumer and operator brand
names. Currently Ascalade
products are being sold in over 10 countries through such leading retailers as Argos, Media
Markt, Media World and Fortress. 2003 will see a wide range
of new telecom products launched in multiple markets and the company's
entrance into new geographic areas.
details of their product line-up: http://www.dectweb.com/Products/residential_a-g.htm
Manufacturer expands into GSM
DigiTimes, Taiwan - 20 Dec 2002
DBTel who have been active in the European DECT market have
recently announced an expansion into the GSM handset market for Europe.
Technologies' DECT products help parent company turnround
Star, Malaysia - 12 Dec 2002
MASTIMBER Industries Sdn Bhd, mired in red ink for the last three
years, is expected to turn around and contribute positively to its parent
company EG.Com Bhd’s earnings in the year ending June 30, 2003. It was
announced that SMT Technologies Sdn Bhd, a wholy owned subsidiary, would be the key contributor to group earnings for the 2003 financial year.
“SMT recently started manufacturing digital cordless phones
and wireless hands-free kits for cars and mobile phones, using DECT and Bluetooth
technologies, for its customers in Europe. We have in hand orders for 300,000 customised digital
cordless phones and wireless handsfree kits"
See SMT's products and services:
concedes ground to DECT and Wi-Fi
The Inquirer, UK - 10 Dec 2002
One of the major themes at the Bluetooth
Developers' Conference in San Jose, California has been co-existence.
The Bluetooth community has become aware that it is not alone
in the 2.4 GHz airspace. Hence there has been a spate of product announcements
aimed at allowing Bluetooth to happily share with what have previously been
viewed as rival technologies such as
802.11 (Wi-Fi), DECT (cordless digital phones).
forms part of Telefonica's Home Broadband Thrust in Spain
Europemedia.net, Netherlands - 27 Nov 2002
Netherlands based Philips Electronics and Telefónica de España,
the Telefónica’s Group fixed telecoms operator in Spain, have signed a two
year agreement to jointly develop the use of broadband and associated
technologies in the home environment.
Philips and Telefónica say they plan to jointly commercialise a full
range of broadband, multimedia and entertainment products and services for the
Spanish market. Telefónica will use Philips’ portfolio of
connected products for the broadband push, as well as its set-top boxes and Philips DECT phones with SMS
TOPCOM releases new
SMS-Enabled Cordless Phone
in Ireland with Letterwise Software
DECTweb, New York/Heverlee,
- 26 Nov 2002
A new generation of SMS-enabled phones designed by Paris-based firm Inventel and using the predictive-text entry
software LetterWise from Eatoni Ergonomics has just been released in Ireland by Topcom, Howard
Gutowitz, Eatoni CEO, announced today.
The new cordless phone, Butler 2561, sends and receives SMS messages in five languages. Text messages can be communicated between the Butler 2561
and mobile phones, email, FAX and other cordless DECT phones.
Topcom also is distributing the phone in Germany and Spain and says it will introduce Butler 2561 /2562 in all the European countries as soon as the
protocol for landline SMS is established. In the Netherlands, for example, the protocol has been released and the network will be ready in Q1 2003.
In the UK BT is already
supporting SMS on its network,
marketing SMS DECT phones from
Siemens (4000 series) as
Topcom expects to be the first to introduce the SMS phone in the Netherlands, according to a company spokesperson.
"We are delighted that Topcom has chosen LetterWise as the predictive-text solution for its newest generation of cordless phones," Gutowitz said. "Topcom is among the leaders in exploring new and better ways to apply SMS in
the home and business environments."
with Blue Train
Cape Business News, South
Africa - 12 Nov 2002
The world's most luxurious train now has one of the
world's most sophisticated cordless telecommunication systems -based on DECT, of
Tellumat, the Cape-based telecommunications company, has
successfully completed the contract installation of its locally-developed
digital enhanced cordless telephony (DECT) system, which will allow guests and
staff to communicate with each other, while being voice and data accessible to
the outside world.
The new system utilises an embedded DECT PBX solution, connected to a GSM external communications system.
adapters enable a phone line for each of the 42 guest suites, with another 17
handsets utilised by the staff, including butlers and suite managers.
The costs of DECT and GSM technologies for such applications
are today such that having demonstrated such a commercial possibility we may
expect train companies in other countries to follow suit.
Technologies plans to make
Star, Malaysia - 01
SMT TECHNOLOGIES Sdn Bhd, which was recently acquired by
audio speaker systems specialist EG.Com Bhd, is planning to produce digital
cordless phones and wireless hands-free kits for cars and mobile phones under
its own brand name in the first half of next year.
Its executive director S. K. Yeoh told Star Business the
company had a few months ago started manufacturing digital cordless phones and
wireless hands-free kits for cars and mobile phones, using Dect and BlueTooth
technologies, for its customers in Europe.
“Presently, we have orders to produce 300,000 customised
digital cordless phones and wireless hands-free kits for cars and mobile phones,
worth about RM8.1mil, for our customers in Europe. We plan to deliver these
products before Christmas,” Yeoh said.
See SMT's products and services:
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