DECT (Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunication) is the standard for cordless telephony.  It is essentially a form of a radio technology designed for voice, data and network applications.   DECT phones are common in residential, business and public environments, offering users a range that spans over hundreds of miles.  The technology utilizes radio frequencies in the range of 1880 to 1930 MHz.  The output power of a DECT device is generally low at 0 to 0.01 watts for a standard cordless phone and around 0.01 to 0.12 watts for a fixed base station.

Health Studies on DECT

A DECT-enabled phone emits a low level of radio signals when in use.  These same waves are a large part of our everyday routines, allowing us to enjoy benefits such as television and radio along with an expanding range of wireless devices.  Because these emissions have been relied on for so long, radio waves and their safety have been thoroughly studied for well over 50 years.  This extensive body of research has been reviewed by a number of expert firms including government agencies, standard-establishing organizations and medical professionals throughout the world.  Each entity has drawn the scientific conclusion that no evidence has been established to prove the adverse health effects of the exposure to radio waves as they relate to wireless devices.

Meet the MMF

The MMF is a global organization comprised of various well known radio equipment manufacturers.   Members include Motorola, Mitsubishi, Nokia, Ericsson, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung and Siemens to name a few.  The MMF is dedicated to providing ongoing support for the international research of wireless technology, ensuring that it is in compliance with safety regulations set by national and international health agencies across the world.

All Things DECT

The DECT Forum is an international industry association that embraces both providers and operators of DECT-based terminals, networks and systems.  As of now, the DECT Forum is comprised of 19 member companies throughout the world.

Limitations on Radio Wave Exposure

Despite the low emissions of DECT phones, researchers and health experts warn that the overexposure to radio waves may warrant health issues.  These limits have been determined by independent entities such as the ICNIRP (International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection).  This respected scientific organization has established considerable margins of safety that apply to all people.  These very guidelines have been adopted in numerous standards across the globe, supported and endorsed by the WHO (World Health Organization).  While all DECT products are to be in compliance with the standards, their low emissions provide evidence that these devices are very much in line with the established limits.

DECT Affects on Children

Our children’s health and safety is a major concern to everyone and has been a major focus of research over the years.  This is especially important as so many kids today are heavily exposed to an array of wireless devices.  Fortunately, parents do not have to fear DECT products as they are proven to release low radio waves emissions.  The technology adheres to all standards which substantially take the safety of children into account.

DECT Resources

DECT Forum (
The International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (
UK National Radiological Protection Board (
World Health Organization (