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VNU Net: BT ready to launch Dect-enabled gadgets

Feb 25, 2000, 01:27 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jan Howells)

By Jan Howells, VNU Net

BT will launch gadgets built around digital cordless enhanced telecommunications (Dect) technology this year, according to sources close to the telco. Previously, Dect was synonymous with cordless digital telephony. However, the technology has now been enhanced through the Dect Multimedia Consortium to create the Dect standard DMAP (Dect multimedia access profile) for the wireless transmission of voice and data around homes and the globe.

The new generation of Dect-enabled gadgets will allow users to surf the internet and telephone at the same time - cordless and independent of ISDNconnections if used at up to 300 metres in the open and 50 metres indoors.

BT is believed to be interested in Freepad, a wirless internet and telephony-enabled home appliance device designed by Screen Media and Dosch & Amand.

Freepad, which was on show at Cebit 2000, is ready to go into mass production. The Linux-based device uses Dect technology to function simultaneously as a cordless digital phone, email server, fax machine, answering machine, address book with organiser and a smartcard reader.

Sources say banks and ISPs are also looking at this inexpensive device to provide cheaply or free to customers to lock them into their services.

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