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UK Sets Standard for European Connection

Magazine article Marketing

UK Sets Standard for European Connection

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UK sets standard for European connection

The UK telepoint mobile communications industry has been given a much needed boost to its credibility by an agreement making a UK operating standard the blue-print for Europe.

But it could mean a costly change of format for some UK operators.

The Department of Trade and Industry-sponsored Memorandum of Understanding last week endorsed the Common Air Interface (CAI) standard for telepoint handsets which use a network of radio base stations to pass on calls to the public telephone cables.

Since its launch last year telepoint has been criticised for the incompatibility between operators, the handset's inability to take incoming calls outdoors, and perceived lack of marketing backing. The industry believes this new agreement gives telepoint the foundation it needs to shrug off its "Skodaphone" tag.

The three UK operators up and running: Phonepoint, Ferranti Zonephone and Callpoint, use proprietary systems which, unlike CAI, do not allow handsets to "roam" for available frequencies. Although they signed the agreement, they deny that it makes their existing formats obsolete.

"It's not a question of being `stuck' with proprietary technology. …

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