Nokia Hits Milestone by Making First Call Using 3D Audio Technology

Nokia’s Immersive Voice and Audio Services Revolutionize Live Voice Calling with Real-Time Spatial Audio

Nokia has recently made a significant announcement in the telecommunications industry. They have successfully made the first cellular call using the 3GPP Immersive Voice and Audio Services (IVAS) codec, marking a major advancement in live voice calling.

The IVAS codec is a crucial component of the upcoming 5G Advanced standard, which promises to revolutionize voice calls by providing real-time spatial audio. This technology greatly enhances the traditional voice call experience by offering three-dimensional sound, resulting in a more immersive and engaging interaction for users.

During a demonstration, Nokia’s President and CEO, Pekka Lundmark, conducted a live audio and video call with Stefan Lindström, Finland’s Ambassador of Digitalization and New Technologies. The unique acoustic dimensions of the IVAS technology were showcased during this call, emphasizing its enhanced quality and engagement. Lindström highlighted its potential to transform personal and professional communication.

Lundmark added that this new audio technology represents the future of voice calls, offering a spatial listening experience that can greatly benefit enterprise and industrial applications. The development of the 3GPP IVAS codec was a collaborative effort involving 13 companies, including Nokia. This successful call used Nokia’s proprietary Immersive Voice technology over a public 5G network; however, widespread implementation has not yet taken place.

The 3GPP has stated that IVAS will introduce immersion into traditional voice services and support more general immersive multimedia services such as conversational voice, multi-stream teleconferencing, and virtual reality interactions. Nokia envisions scenarios where spatial audio can transform communication, making remote conversations feel as realistic as if participants were in the same room and enhancing activities like teleconferences. This innovation could be a significant step forward in leveraging 5G technology subject to network conditions permitting.

In conclusion, Nokia’s achievement of making the first cellular call using the 3GPP Immersive Voice and Audio Services (IVAS) codec is being hailed as a major advancement in live voice calling. The IVAS codec is a crucial component of the upcoming 5G Advanced standard and promises to revolutionize voice calls by providing real-time spatial audio. This technology offers three-dimensional sound resulting in an immersive and engaging interaction for users while also benefiting enterprise and industrial applications.

Nokia’s demonstration showcased this unique acoustic dimension of this technology during which Pekka Lundmark conducted a live audio

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