CAT-iq “Cordless Advanced Technology—internet and quality” is a technology made to bring together broadband internet and telephony. This convergence is also part of the "fixed mobile convergence" , or
CAT-iq was created by
DECT forum, and allows to the standard cordless DECT phones to be used for VoIP and another Internet-based services such as streaming audio and video. DECTphone cordless technology that is used today CAT-iqis the enhancement of DECT technology, promoting the standard to work with new emerging technologies. CAT-iq standard defined protocols for the integration of Internet and telephony.
According to the DECT forum, the first production of CAT-iq CPEs will be around mid-2008, introduced as time goes by [ [http://www.dect.org/documents.aspx The DECT Forum] ] .
Wideband voice, with basic interoperability — For cheap phones.
* Data and audio streaming — Products designed to stream data and audio.
* Wideband voice, with extra interoperability — Cordless phone with much more features.
* Intelligent internet products will have auto-configuration function to make installation and maintenance easy.
The claims [ [http://www.dect.org/documents.aspx The DECT Forum] ] of the DECT forum for the new technology are:
* Advanced voice quality – With the mix of telephony and internet products, CAT-iq will have much better voice quality. CAT-iq will also support audio streaming.
* New features – The technology will allow inter-product operability. New functions such as phone directory searching and RSS and internet with web 2.0 content will be able to view.
* Home gateways – CAT-iq products will require certification to guarantee interoperability.
* DECT standard – CAT-iq's base is the DECT standard.
CAT-iq vs. WLAN
CAT-iq will not compete with WLAN products. Instead it is a complementary technology. This will be true until all home features are integrated in a single gateway.
[http://www.cat-iq.org Official CAT-iq Site] [http://www.catiqdesigncompetition.org The 2008 CAT-iq design competition for students]
DECT(Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications)
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