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Siemens/Proxim finish HomeRF voice demo

Thu, 08/02/2001 - 8:00pm
Anne Kerven

Siemens and Proxim Inc. just finished tests on a public HomeRF voice call demo. HomeRF 2.0 intends to allow Internet access and phone call ability over a broadband connection.

The duo says the calls can sound as good as those on traditional phone lines, and can be done at a reasonable price for consumers.

The demo consisted of a voice call from a Siemens cordless handset through Proxim's voice data module gateway to a standard phone line, Siemens says.

HomeRF supports such features as call waiting, caller ID, forwarding to individual handsets, distinctive ringing, 911 breakthrough and more, "on an interoperable basis by providing a standard specification designed to move DECT forward to worldwide application with data and streaming media support at 10 Mbps and beyond," Siemens reports.

The company says it will begin field trials with broadband carriers in the fourth quarter, and hit the retail business market in the middle of next year.

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