DECT Forum certifies first CAT-iq 2.0 handsets: Gigaset, Samsung, VTech

The DECT Forum has issued CAT-iq 2.0 certificates for three different cordless phones and vendors.  Gigaset Communications, Samsung Electronics and VTech Telecommunications all had a product that made it through the qualifications process.

CAT-iq handsets certified are the Gigaset C300H iq, Samsung SMT-W3510 and the VTech Advant 5000; yesterday VTech was claiming the Advant was the Very First handset to be certified for CAT-iq 2.0 compliance.

Under the CAT-iq 2.0 standard, handsets support cordless HD voice using G.722 delivered over DECT,  multiple lines, three party conferencing, call transfer, and SMS text messaging.   CAT-iq enables carriers to offer cordless IP phones with HD voice and SMS text messaging to their customers – two features which provide value above a stock VoIP offering.

Key phrase out of today’s press release “Many major European carriers are investing in the CAT-iq technology…”     France Telecom and CableLabs are big backers of CAT-iq, and formal certification of CAT-iq devices in Europe should facilitate the appearance of them in North America.

The DECT Forum and service providers have big plans for CAT-iq, with future versions able to support goodies ranging from wireless stereo headsets for music and TV enjoyment to home security and monitoring services using DECT as a plug-and-play wireless network bridging the home and broadband environments.

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