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CAT-iq Certification Program has initiated by DECT

CAT-iq Certification Program has initiated by DECT
DECT (Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications) Forum, an international association of the wireless home and enterprise communication industry, has started its CAT-iq 2.0 Certification Program.
CAT-iq (Cordless Advanced Technology -- Internet and Quality), the next generation of DECT, are new and innovative voice and networking technologies designed for implementation in home gateways. This technology will integrate the base station into the home gateway, enabling native IP connectivity.

The CAT-iq handsets will be available via operator services and later through retail networks. The launch of the Certification Program has bee the simultaneous event with the 15th DECT World & CAT-iq Conference.

It is expected, that first set of CAT-iq handsets and carrier gateways will be presented in the market in early 2011. CAT-iq 2.0 will make consumers to forward end to end VoIP phone calls with the added advantages that will be derived from utilizing SIP telephony. These benefits include wideband voice quality, multiple lines and synchronized phone books. The Certified CAT-iq 2.0 handsets are interoperable with the other previous versions of CAT-iq handsets and gateways. It will also be backward compatible with DECT GAP application.

DECT, a versatile digital radio access standard for cordless communications, has been created for residential, business and public environments. It is designed for voice and multimedia traffic, and consists with asset of advanced technical features that enable DECT-based cordless systems to be integral part of telecommunications developments, such as Internet access and interworking with other fixed and wireless services such as ISDN and GSM. Its enhance digital radio techniques have reached the good level of use of the radio spectrum as it offers high speech quality and security with low risk of radio interference and low-power technology. The techniques include TDMA (Time Division Multiple Access) radio access, ADPCM (Adaptive Differential Pulse Code Modulation) speech encoding, and DCS/DCA (Dynamic Channel Selection / Allocation).

In an official release, the chairman of the CAT-iq Working Group within the DECT Forum, Daniel Hartnett, said, "CAT-iq enables carriers to offer new value add services, create more loyalty with their customers and generate new revenue streams. The Certification Program establishes CAT-iq as one of the key networking technologies in the home gateway and benefits from the real-life interoperability testing which has been established in the IOP test events held prior to its opening. The program tests devices on protocol, audio and RF (radio frequency) level. All testers have been validated with multiple product implementations."

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