DECT

About DECT

DECT, Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications, is a standard for wireless phones. It’s a standard that was brought forward in Europe after it first introducing technical standards for wireless landline phones from Asia. It’s a system for landline phones that are connected to the landline phone network.

In 1992 the first wireless landline phones were introduced. These had relatively bad battery time and were heavy due to a large battery. But the demand grew and since technique matured, the DECT phones spread across the world except for Japan that had an individual system.

According to numbers from 2011 there are 800 million DECT phones in the world. 73 % of these are only for home use. One of the fastest expanding markets for DECT phones is USA that introduced the technique as late as 2005. The phones have a reach of 50 meters inside and 300 meters outside.

  • DECT phones were introduced on the market in 1992.
  • Before DECT phones there were several technical standards simultaneously.
  • DECT phones exist in over 110 countries today.
  • Over 800 million DECT phones are used today.
  • Japan is the only country that doesn’t use DECT.
  • DECT is a system that transforms analogue communication into digital.
  • DECT continues to spread throughout the world, despite mobile networks expanding.

Second most spread telephone network

In the 1980s the first wireless analogue phones spread from Asia. The problem however was that they had poor call quality. It was also fairly easy to eavesdrop on these calls. This lead to development of a digital strategy in Europe.

It was Sweden and Great Britain that lead this development. It was Sweden and Great Britain that lead the development with their own versions of digital wireless communication. They both however agreed that in Europe they’d invest in a technique to facilitate industries and customers and from that DECT 1988 came along.

However, it wasn’t 1992 that the technique was actually available for consumers. Since 2011, 100 million new DECT phones are made each year. This has made DECT phones the second most spread telephone network after GSM. The technique is still developing and upgrading with for example better sound quality.

Framtiden med DECT The future for DECT

DECT continues to develop alongside the mobile network expansion. The next big update of DECT phones is coming in 2020 and will make it possible to send and receive data of a gigabyte per second. This is also an update that is primarily targeted for companies and industries.

The benefit with DECT compared to mobiles is reliability and sound quality. It’s also very safe from hacker attacks because it doesn’t use internet. No studies show that DECT phones should be a health risk, there are however no long-term studies that were performed on people that daily use a DECT phone.

There are also smartphones that have DECT and 3G built in with Android as platform. It essentially means that when you’re home, your mobile will connect to the base station and work as a DECT phone. When you leave home it will connect to the 3G network automatically. The though behind it is that you should buy more for a big home.

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