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NTT DoCoMo trials 3G video conferencing

Mon, 05/27/2002 - 8:00pm
Susan Rush

Japanese wireless carrier NTT DoCoMo continues its 3G push. The latest: the company has established a consortium to trial video conferencing over next-generation mobile phones. The trial gets underway May 31.

The consortium, which consists of more than 35 companies from various industries, will field test DoCoMo's platform designed to enable mobile phone video conferencing over DoCoMo's 3G video phones equipped for 3G-324M protocol, the IMT-2000 standard for audio-video mobile communications.

The platform enables the 3G videophones to display up to four conference participants at one time via a split screen. If a close up of one speaker is desired, the user can switch to a full-screen display.

The trial is slated to run until the end of September.

Being the first carrier out of the box in Japan, DoCoMo launched its high-speed, next-generation wireless service dubbed FOMA in Tokyo Oct. 1. The service originally was scheduled to launch in May, but the carrier pushed the date back to make time for additional testing. At the time of the launch, DoCoMo said it was teaming with PacketVideo Corp. to deliver real-time video streaming services over DoCoMo's 3G mobile network without the need to install streaming media software in the terminals. The V-Live service is available through DoCoMo's FOMA 3G network and will stream live and archived video to FOMA phones and PDAs.

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