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N33: 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.
More info...
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.  Communications Minister 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.
Source:  Jerusalem Post

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.
Source: Telephony World

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 see: or e-mail the DECTweb editors at

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." 

N22: DeTeWe 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."

N21: Plantronics lauches new DECT Headsets, UK
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.

N20: Cordless telephone frequency phased out in Malta, 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 future.

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.

N19: Swiss 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 Networks
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 partners.

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.

N18: Bluepoint 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 Milton Keynes. 

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.

N17: Simultaneous 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 through wireless.

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 Technology, Madras.

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 bandwidth.

N16: Alcatel and China Mobile US$200,000 in products in anti-Sars support
CMPnetAsia team
21 May
Alcatel, 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 at

N14: CorDect 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) at IIT-Chennai.

Also see Chitradurga villages to get wireless phone connections

N12: New Module Delivers Simple DECT Messaging Interface
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:

N11: Industrial 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 outdoor usage.

See press release:

N10: Annual DECT Conference relaunched by IBC, as part of the Short Range Wireless Conference
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 DECTweb 

For further information about the event see the conferences page

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.

N8: Ascalade swells the ranks of  DECT Manufacturers
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. 

See details of their product line-up:

N7: DECT 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.

N6: SMT 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:

N5: Bluetooth 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).

N4: DECT forms part of Telefonica's Home Broadband Thrust in Spain, 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 capability.

N3: TOPCOM releases new SMS-Enabled Cordless Phone in Ireland with Letterwise Software
DECTweb, New York/Heverlee, Belgium/Paris
 - 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 BT-branded products.

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."

N2: "On-Track" 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 course.

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. Terminal 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. 

N1: SMT Technologies plans to make own-brand products
Star, Malaysia - 01 Nov 2002
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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