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February 15, 2011

OPTICOM to Introduce OEM Products Implementing POLQA at MWC


OPTICOM, a vendor for voice, audio and video quality measurement technology and OEM products for the analysis of Mobile and IP-based networks, recently announced that it plans to introduce a range of OEM products implementing POLQA, at Mobile World Congress.


POLQA voice quality test method has just been adopted as International Standard ITU-T P.863 in January 2011. The company also plans to present results of the very first field evaluation which employed the new standard technique to benchmark real life mobile-to-mobile call quality, throughout Germany, including the four major mobile operators.

The POLQA perceptual measurement algorithm is a joint development of OPTICOM, SwissQual and TNO, made available as licensed software for various platforms.

Compatible to HD Voice, 3G and 4G/LTE (News - Alert), POLQA will be the successor to PESQ/P.862, the most successful industry standard for voice testing with more than 20,000 licensed test systems used in mobile networks around the globe.

"One of the most motivating experiences is hearing experts in the field already recognizing POLQA as a major step forward for optimizing next-gen mobile communications,” said OPTICOM's CTO and standards developer Dipl.-Ing. Christian Schmidmer, in a statement. “POLQA performs up to 56 percent better than PESQ, opens new application areas and eliminates weak points, encountered with other methods."

While developing the new POLQA standard, the experts from different parts of the world gathered more than 100,000 fixed, mobile and VoIP test calls. The aim was to develop the largest and most accurate database ever used in the development of a perceptual quality algorithm.

At Mobile World Congress (News - Alert), OPTICOM also plans to launch its POLQA Q-App in a mobile form factor for Android Smartphones. The Q-App implementation of POLQA runs as fast as real-time on commercially available Smartphones and complements OPTICOM's PESQ/P.862 Q-App for Android, Symbian (News - Alert) and Windows Mobile.

Right from the start, OPTICOM offers mobile manufacturers, T&M vendors and operators tailored OEM license programs for standard setting POLQA reference implementations.


Rahul Arora is a TMCnet contributor. He has worked as an editor and freelance writer for several reputed organizations in India. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Janice McDuffee











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