8/27/2002 - Fujitsu Limited and NMS Communications announced that they have jointly developed a wireless video gateway system for distributing multimedia content from the Internet to handsets supporting the IMT-2000 third-generation mobile communications protocol. Fujitsu's new system, called GeoServe SDS, can deliver a live or stored audio and video stream to multiple 3G mobile handsets (either 3GPP or 3G-324M compliant) simultaneously. The system opens up many possibilities for new mobile solutions that increase carrier revenues. Content applications can encompass a wide range of personal or business uses, from news and entertainment delivery to accessing company data, live security monitoring, and more.
In developing GeoServe SDS, Fujitsu incorporated NMS' Convergence GenerationTM media streaming platform into Fujitsu's PRIMEPOWERTM server, and both companies developed application software. In addition, Fujitsu used its own streaming distribution software for the streaming system that ties in with the gateway system. The software distributes live or archived media over the network and provides large-scale, stable streaming capability and excellent real-time performance.
NTT DoCoMo is using the new gateway system for its pathbreaking FOMA video-streaming service, called V-Live. This service transmits both live and archived video to mobile handsets (PDAs, FOMA phones).
GeoServe SDS carries out protocol conversion not only via software running on a UNIX server but with a dedicated board for hardware processing, achieving optimal packet-processing performance eliminating gateway system streaming distribution bottlenecks. Leveraging Fujitsu's technological expertise in servers and network construction for delivering broadband services, and NMS' industry standards-compliant audio-video technology for mobile handsets, the companies were able to develop a high-speed, high-quality wireless video gateway system in a very short time frame and provide products for a nationwide carrier service. The collaboration has also enabled NMS to quickly launch its platform and solutions business in the Asian market.
"Fujitsu is proud that our GeoServe SDS has been used to realize IMT-2000 (3G) network-delivered multimedia information distribution services from an early stage," said Michitaka Nohda, general manager of Fujitsu's Network Systems Group, Network Service Solutions Division. "This system will help carriers, services providers, and content providers offer new types of image-based services. Moreover, we are currently developing new services such as video conferencing and video archives for mobile Internet environments, and we intend to contribute to the expansion of mobile Internet services."
"NMS is privileged to work jointly with Fujitsu on this advanced gateway for wireless video, which achieves the video streaming performance, high-density design, and standards compliance needed for a successful service. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Fujitsu with the carrier-ready solution they need as they offer new multimedia services for mobile Internet environments," said Gerrold Walker, vice president and general manager of NMS' Platform Solutions business.
Fujitsu and NMS plan to expand this technology to support bi-directional video transmission and multiplexed coding, thereby offering additional new services to wireless service providers.
About Fujitsu (www.fujitsu.com)
Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting technologies, high-reliability/performance computing and telecommunications platforms, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts make Fujitsu uniquely positioned to unleash the infinite possibilities of the broadband Internet to help its customers succeed. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 5 trillion yen (about US$38 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2002.
About NMS Communications (www.nmscommunications.com)
NMS Communications (NASDAQ: NMSS) designs, delivers, and supports technology-leading systems and system building blocks for innovative voice, video, and data services on wireless and wireline networks. The world's top communications equipment suppliers, solution developers, carriers, and network operators trust NMS to help them bring applications and services to market faster and at lower costs.
Headquartered in Framingham, Massachusetts, with offices around the world and products deployed in over 90 countries, NMS has a record of technology innovations that have advanced the growth of the global communications industry. These achievements include voice quality enhancement software that pairs noise reduction and compensation to make it easy for both parties to hear in even the noisiest mobile phone conversations. They also include the industry's first complete and open IP gateway, packet media server, and multimodal system for enhanced services.
NMS Communications and Convergence Generation are trademarks of NMS Communications Corporation.
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