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Specialist Task Force 339: Test update for New Generation DECT 

Who we are:

Team Leader:    Angel Boveda

What we do:

DECT (Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications) is one of the very successful ETSI standards. With more than 300 million DECT devices in the market, DECT is the world wide leading technology for cordless telephony on both, residential and business (PABX) scenarios.

DECT is one of the IMT-2000 technologies and has worldwide market (including the U.S. since 2005).

ETSI TC DECT and STF 339 are currently developing the New Generation DECT, a further evolution of the standard, introducing new advanced features such as High quality wideband (7 kHz) and superwideband (14 kHz) voice, support of internet telephony, and broadband data connections.

DECT New Generation is based on the mature and reliable DECT technology and will be back-compatible with current DECT devices.

STF 339 is in charge of the developing of the first set of Test standards for New Generation DECT. This set includes the creation of the basic regulatory radio test standards, including the basic radio testing specification, EN 300 176-1, the DECT “Harmonized Standard” EN 301 406, and the “Harmonized Standard” for IMT-2000,  EN 301 908-10.

STF 339 will also create the PICS proforma standards, the first step in the developing of the conformance testing specification set.

All these specifications will be based on previous versions used by the existing DECT standard.

Why we do it:

The DECT manufacturers including the chip manufacturers have come to the conclusion that the evolution in Internet and Telecom areas creates the opportunity for a new generation Cordless standard, taking fully advantage of the convergence Internet/Telecom..

The DECT Forum has approached TC DECT to develop the specification for next generation DECT products, based on the market requirements as provided by DECT Forum. They also stressed the urgency of the work and therefore we agreed to develop the specification in phases and selected the features to be realized in each of them.

The new generation DECT will not only further increase the technical performance, but also the value of the DECT products.

The basic regulatory radio test standards are compulsory due to regulatory reasons.  In the case of New Generation DECT, they will consist on three specifications, the basic radio test specification EN 300 176-1, the “Harmonized Standard” EN 301 406, and the “Harmonized Standard” for IMT-2000: EN 301 908-10

The PICS proforma are the first step in the developing of conformance testing standards. They identify and individualize the testable items. The PICS proforma will be also used by the manufacturers to declare the compliance of their products to the New Generation DECT standard.

Read our Terms of Reference

Time plan for the work:

Start of the work: November 2008

Target date for end of the work: October 2008

How to contact us:

If you would like more information, please contact the STF Leader:

Angel Boveda:

Note: this information is based upon STF working assumptions.
The views expressed do not necessarily represent the position of ETSI in this context.

Last updated: 2008-03-19 18:01:16