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Specialist Task Force 388:
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Who we are:

Team Leader: Angel Bóveda

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 the U.S.).

The 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.

The STF 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 end users.

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:

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

Angel Bóveda:


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

Last updated: 2013-04-13 17:33:05