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ETSI launches new radio interface for IoT

ETSI has launched a new set of DECT-2020 New Radio standards - the ETSI TS 103 636 series.

According to the organisation, the new standard “defines an advanced radio interface applying modern radio technologies. It is designed to provide a slim but powerful technology foundation for wireless applications deployed in various use cases and markets.”

DECT-2020 NR was developed to support “ultra-reliable, low latency” wireless IoT applications, in the realm of voice and industry. It supports massive machine-type communication in use cases including logistics and asset tracking, building automation and condition monitoring. It is targeted for local area wireless applications, deployable “anywhere by anyone in no time.”

Speaking of the new standard, vice chair of ETSI’s DECT technical committee, Jussi Numminen said: “[This] is a great response to the needs industries have in digitalisation. The new standard brings mMTC and URLLC performance to a whole new level. This provides great flexibility to address large-scale and high-density applications in logistics and building automation, and low-latency applications in industry automation.

“In terms of bit rates, communication range and reliability, the DECT-2020 NR technology offers completely new opportunities for local and private networks, [through which] industrial companies, solution providers and other players can independently develop their own solutions and services.”

Originally launched in the 1990s, the DECT (digital enhanced cordless telecommunications) standard is implemented in more than a billion short-range communication devices around the world.

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