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Residential gateways boost DECT, CAT-iq market

Posted: 21 Feb 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:residential gateway? shipment? VoIP?

IMS Research has announced the report titled "DECT and CAT-iq in Residential Gateways 2012" where the industry research company revealed a booming market for the wireless technologies. According to IMS, integration of DECT and CAT-iq into residential gateways will grow rapidly in the next four years, from three million units last year to 25.6 million in 2015.

The market is being driven by the changing use of communications technology in consumers' homes and the uptake of VoIP services. The report found that the majority of all shipments were in Europe, North America and Asia. Europe, traditionally an area where DECT has fared well in residential gateways might be the dominant region for the technology, but it is Asia where the greatest potential for growth lies. Shipments in the region are forecast to surge to 6.7 million units in 2015, virtually equal to the 6.8 million predicted for North America, although still some way behind Europe's projected market of 8.5 million shipments, noted IMS.

"DECT has already taken over the landline market, and as a number of connectivity technologies converge inside residential gateways, it has the potential to gain a significant presence as part of an in-home VoIP solution," said Heath Lockett, market analyst at IMS. "Indeed, a number of Internet service providers have integrated the technology for several years now, and more are expected to follow suit in the short to medium-term."

Consumer awareness of VoIP is expected to continue to grow as products and services proliferate, and with the benefit of features such as HD Voice offering a significant improvement in call quality via CAT-iq, an IP-focused extension of the DECT standard, the technology is well placed to become a feature of future gateways.

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