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February 8, 1988

PAUSE FOR STANDARDS THREATENS UK LEAD IN CORDLESS PHONES

By CBR Staff Writer

The enterprising lead that the UK has taken in the development of the second generation of cordless telephones – the ones that are designed for use at public phone-points – could be eroded due to a rival standard being pushed by L M Ericsson AB. The UK Office of Telecommunications has put on hold all licences for development of network to the new UK-developed CT2 standard at least until August this year. The decision is especially disappointing for the partnership between Ferranti International Plc and newcomer Libera Developments Ltd (CI No 818): the pair have been canvassing owners of multiple addresses – hotel chains, British Rail, restaurant chains – for sites for its phone zones, and had hoped to go live before August. Little is known about the rival standard yet except that it is also a hybrid system using both frequency division multiple access and time division. Libera still hopes that the Office of Telecommunications can be persuaded to grant licences before August.

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