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Tandberg adds ITU video quality standard across product line

Oslo and New York City-based Tandberg today became the first provider of video communications to support a new stan...


October 1, 2003  


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Oslo and New York City-based Tandberg today became the first provider of video communications to support a new standard for video quality across all video end points and video infrastructure, whether an integrated services digital network (ISDN) or Internet protocol (IP) network.

The H.264 standard — developed by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) delivers twice the current video quality by offering a much more efficient means of compressing motion video. Increased video quality dramatically improves the user experience, resulting in higher utilization and lower Total Cost of Ownership.

Tandberg MCU bridges multiple video and audio calls and with H.264 support, enables H.264 endpoints to receive the same high quality in a multi-point call as in a point-to-point call. In addition, MCU features such as continuous presence and transcoding also benefit from H.264 quality video, the company said.

With continuous presence, all participants can be seen at the same time, and transcoding ensures that participants experience the highest level of quality on their own system despite varying bandwidths of other systems.

“Video goes beyond e-mail and audio to provide the immediacy and emotion necessary for real communication,” said Andrew Miller, the company’s chief executive officer.


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