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Specialist Task Force 418:
DECT maintenance and NG-DECT development 2011

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 800 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.).

ETSI TC DECT and STF 418 are currently developing the release 2011 of the DECT standard and the new specifications as part of the New Generation DECT program, a further evolution of the standard, introducing new advanced features such as High quality wideband (7 kHz) and super wideband (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.

The scope of STF 418 consists of the following parts:

A) Enhancing the security features for DECT (authentication and encryption) to the current state of art, including the addition of new algorithms based on AES.

B) General maintenance of the DECT base standard, EN 300 175 parts 1 to 8, as result of industry feedback, test feedback, security considerations and NG-DECT development.

C) General maintenance of the Generic Access Profile EN 300 444 (GAP) as result of industry feedback, test feedback, enhanced security and interaction with NG-DECT development.

D) New release of the New Generation DECT; part 1: wideband speech (TS 102 527-1) as part of the NG-DECT development program.

E) New release of the New Generation DECT; part 3: extended wideband speech services (TS 102 527-3) as part of the NG-DECT development program.

F) Production of the new specification New Generation DECT; part 5: additional feature set for extended wideband speech services (TS 102 527-5). This specification will define a new set of products with expanded capabilities compared to previous releases and corresponding to what DECT Forum calls CAT-iq 2.1

The requirements for this release have been provided by DECT Forum, and have been coordinated with HGI (Home Gateway Initiative), since it is believed that it will be implemented embedded in home gateways/ADSL routers in a similar way to WIFI radios today.

Examples of the new requirements are: improved phone book handling, additional VoIP functions and enhanced SIP/H.323 connectivity, answering machine control, SMSs, new handset capabilities, security enhancements and green ECO mode.

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 800 M of devices.

The work on DECT New Generation has attracted new ETSI members. It is also related to the ETSI Green Agenda.

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 full advantage of the convergence Internet/Telecom.

In addition to that, the maintenance of the base standard and Generic Access Profile 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.

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

For more details, see our Terms of Reference

Time plan for the work:

Start of the work: January 2011

Target date for end of the work: December 2011

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 17:33:49