Specialist Task Force 388:
Who we are:
Team Leader: Angel
What we do:
DECT (Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications) is one of the very successful ETSI standards. With more than 600 million
DECT devices in the market, DECT is the worldwide leading technology for
cordless telephony on both, residential and business (PABX) scenarios.
DECT is one of the IMT-2000 technologies and has a worldwide market (including
scope of STF 388 consists of two parts:
A) Enhancing the security
features for DECT (authentication and encryption) to the current state of art,
including the addition of new algorithms.
B) General maintenance of
the DECT base standard, Generic Access Profile (GAP) and audio test standard as
result of industry feedback, test feedback, and NG-DECT development.
This release will be
implemented at ETSI level in a new series of the DECT Common Interface standard,
EN 300 175 parts 1 to 8, a new release of the Generic Access Profile (GAP) EN
300 444, and a new release of the DECT audio test specification EN 300 176-2.
outcome will be materialized in the short term on real products that will be
sold in large scale, and that will provide tangible practical benefits to the
Why we do it:
DECT is one of the most important ETSI standards in
terms of public acceptance. The standard provides a convenient solution to the
needs of cordless telecommunications in the business, residential and WLL
scenarios. DECT dominates the voice cordless market with an installed base of
600 M of devices.
The work on DECT New Generation has attracted new ETSI
members. It is also related to the ETSI Green Agenda.
The current authentication and encryption algorithms of DECT were designed
at the beginning of the 90’s and were state of the art at the time of creation.
They have resisted
18 years without any known attack in practical terms. However, due to the
accumulated increase in computer power, TC DECT considers it is the time to face
a general revision of the algorithms and key lengths in order to guarantee a
high standard of protection. This task will be performed during the year 2010
and new strengthened algorithms will be included in the version of the DECT base
standard scheduled for January 2011.
In addition to that, the maintenance of the base
standard, Generic Access Profile and audio test specification is needed due to
the addition of new features as result of the work on DECT New Generation, and
because of feedback from the industry and product testing activities. All these
specifications are continuously used by the industry in a wide range of products.
For more details, see our
Terms of Reference
Time plan for the work:
Start of the work: January 2010
Target date for end of the work: December 2010
How to contact us:
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This information is based upon STF working assumptions.
The views expressed do not necessarily represent the position of ETSI in this
Last updated: 2013-04-13 17:33:05