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December 09, 2009

VoiP Developer Feature: Aculab Broadens Codec Portfolio for HD Voice

By Amy Tierney, TMCnet Web Editor


In an effort to broaden its reach, Aculab, a U.K.-based provider of enabling technology for the communications market, announced that its Prosody X and Prosody S media processing productsnow support an expanded range of wideband codecs for High Definition Voice services.
 
The VoIP developer now supports new wideband codecs including G.722, G.722.1 and the G.722.2 adaptive multi-rate wideband (AMR-WB) codec. The new capabilities give application developers and service providers new dimensions to enhance voice communications quality, company officials said.
 
“The 7kHz audio bandwidth delivered by these codecs is double that of the most common codecs currently used for VoIP calls,” Andrew Nicholson, Aculab (News - Alert) product manager, said in a statement. “This higher bandwidth correlates directly to better call clarity, which is certainly one of the key factors driving interest in HD Voice services. We believe our ongoing support for HD Voice technology will help our customers address evolving market needs.” 
 
Specifically, conferencing service providers use wideband codecs to offer full bodied voice quality for customers, Nicholson said, who will be speaking at a session at TMC’s (News - Alert) upcoming ITEXPO East. In addition, a growing number of IVR developers and other communications technology vendors are also looking to incorporate HD Voice into consumer and enterprise environments, he said.
 
The G.722.2 codec lets developers maximize bandwidth efficiency for mobile devices, allowing high-fidelity voice communications over constricted mobile connections, according to Aculab.
 
What’s more, Prosody X and Prosody S use a common API, which gives developers and system integrators flexibility to adapt solutions to a variety of computer platforms, such as Windows and Linux environments, the company said.
 
HD voice is one emerging technology that reportedly has a significant presence on the telecom industry moving ahead to 2010, Aculab said. Yet, as TMCnet reported recently, while the technologies have far-reaching applications, a number of challenges still exist in order for HD voice to reach its full potential.

For more on HD voice and Aculab, Nicholson will speak on “Delivering Superior Voice with HD Codecs” at 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 21 at ITEXPO (News - Alert).
 
Learn more about Aculab at ITEXPO East 2010, an event with an educational program that teaches resellers, enterprises, SMBs, and government agencies how to select IP-based voice, video, fax and unified communications to purchase or resell. ITEXPO will be held Jan. 20 to 22 in Miami. Visit Aculab at booth #607 in the main exhibit hall. Don’t wait – register now.

Amy Tierney is a Web editor for TMCnet, covering business communications Her areas of focus include conferencing, SIP, Fax over IP, unified communications and telepresence. Amy also writes about education and healthcare technology, overseeing production of e-Newsletters on those topics as well as communications solutions and UC. To read more of Amy's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Amy Tierney




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