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February 12, 2013

Aastra Introduces DECT CAT-iq to Business HD Voice

Contributing Editor

CAT-iq has been around for a while, but it is still a pleasant event to see it arriving on the corporate desktop. Aastra says it is the first vendor to offer HD voice to "corridor warriors" with its SIP-DECT 3.1 release.

Aastra says the SIP-DECT release 3.1 gives it a series of industry firsts including, the first enterprise DECT handset with CAT-iq certification to offer HD quality audio (well, if you're CAT-iq 1.0 certified, you have to have G.722), the first to offer a DECT network with a Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) backbone, the first to offer a comprehensive CAT-iq solution for business DECT, and the only company with a DECT/WLAN standard combo base station.

Included with the new release/launch of SIP-DECT 3.1 are the Aastra 650c DECT phone Aastra's DECT base stations, including the RFP 35 IP for indoor use, a "combo" RFP 43 WLAN , the RFP 36 IP with built-in antenna s for outdoor use, and the RFP 37 IP for use with external antennas for outdoor communications. All of the new base stations fully support CAT-iq and Gigabit Ethernet.

Aastra's SIP-DECT 3.1 can be integrated with Aastra's communications servers, SIP compatible call mangers, IP Centrix or Microsoft Lync with certified gateways.

Operating on a reserved and regulated piece of spectrum, DECT delivers a RF disciplined, managed solution for cordless handsets. It's a much better experience and more reliable than the potential hit-or-miss experience using 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi-based phones when someone turns on a microwave oven. I prefer to have DECT phones over Wi-Fi because of the typically longer range of a DECT from its base station and to keep 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands open for data use.

DECT phones have been a niche offering in the enterprise, with the technology more commonly appearing in residential and small office/home office handsets. However, the DECT forum has a technology roadmap to extend use of the wireless standard to ultra low energy (ULE) applications for battery-powered consumer devices such as alarm systems and security cameras.  

For enterprise applications, DSP Group executives have discussed the potential for scaling DECT ULE from a couple hundred nodes (devices) up to more than 2,000 devices to support applications such as enterprise automation and various machine-to-machine (M2M) processes.   DECT can provide data rates of up to one Mbps, giving it the capability to easily support low volume data transactions all the way up to video.

Edited by Brooke Neuman
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