HONG KONG, Feb. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- VTech Holdings Ltd (HKEx: 303) today announced that its new Avant 5000 model cordless VoIP phone has become the first handset in the world to be certified as compliant with CAT-iq 2.0, a certification programme introduced by the DECT Forum only in December last year. The programme tests devices on protocol, radio frequency (RF) level and especially on audio quality, one of the key drivers of CAT-iq.
CAT-iq stands for Cordless Advanced Technology - internet and quality. It was developed to meet the demands of the new generation of IP-based services and devices. The technology enables transport of voice via broadband, making it sound more natural and "true-to-life" than the standard Plain Old Telephone Network (POTS) and 3G mobile communication. The DECT Forum is the international association of the wireless home and enterprise communication industry and has been offering certification of CAT-iq products at laboratories in Germany and Norway.
The big step forward with CAT-iq 2.0 is that it enables customers to make end-to-end VoIP calls with all the extras that come with Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) telephony, including wideband voice quality, multiple lines, caller ID and synchronisation of phone books and system settings. Certified CAT-iq 2.0 handsets from different system vendors can also be used on the same certified base station. They are inter-operable with other CAT-iq handsets and gateways, and are also backward compatible to certain other DECT products.
"VTech, as the world's largest manufacturer of cordless telephones, has reaffirmed its technology leadership position with the introduction of the first CAT-iq 2.0 certified handset. The Avant 5000 model demonstrates our enduring strength in R&D, and how quickly we can turn new ideas into reality," said Mr Chi Hoi Tong, President of Telecommunication Products, VTech Telecommunications Ltd.
"To see CAT-iq 2.0 products become a reality for the first time is a major milestone for the DECT Forum and is a result of our efforts to develop the future standard for cordless telephony," said Mr Daniel Hartnett, Chairman of the CAT-iq Working Group within the DECT Forum.
The stylishly designed Avant 5000 is expected to be launched this year.
VTech is the world's largest manufacturer of cordless telephones and a leading supplier of electronic learning products. It also provides highly sought-after contract manufacturing services. Founded in 1976, the Group's mission is to be the most cost effective designer and manufacturer of innovative, high quality consumer electronics products and to distribute them to markets worldwide in the most efficient manner.
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