Vodafone trials video compression software internally

Vodafone New Zealand is about to begin an internal trial of Private Broadcast Solutions' video over GPRS product 'to see if we can break it' says Vodafone's manager of the business partner programme, Steve Simms.

Vodafone New Zealand is about to begin an internal trial of Private Broadcast Solutions' (PBS) video over GPRS product "to see if we can break it" says Vodafone's manager of the business partner programme, Steve Simms.

As reported in IDGNet in August, (Video streaming over GPRS world first for Kiwi company) PBS has developed a compression technology that enables streaming video to run over relatively low-speed 2.5 G networks, like Vodafone's GPRS.

The images run at around 20 frames per second - video, by way of comparison, normally runs at 24fps.

PBS has been working with Vodafone to introduce the technology to other countries in Vodafone's worldwide operation and the two were also finalists in two categories at the Telecommunication Users Association (TUANZ) Innovation awards, held last night.

"We're finalists in the 'business to business' category and also the 'innovation/experimental' category."

Simms says Vodafone has just received the latest version of the PBS software and will begin trialing it soon.

"Over the next couple of weeks we'll be installing it in our WOW centre and throughout the organisation to try it out."

Vodafone's WOW (wireless office working) centre is its showcase of wireless technology in central Auckland.

Simms says Vodafone has been in discussion with various companies from Europe about the technology, including the likes of consulting firm Cap Gemini and media player company Real.

"It's scary stuff all right."

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