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In Case of Emergency

Sophia Antipolis, November 20, 2014

Several presentations at the ETSI “In Case of Emergency…” Summit last week touched on the role of 3GPP systems in keeping the lines of communication open under extreme conditions. Policy makers, manufacturers, operators and public safety professionals all contributed to the success of the event.

Here are some highlights:

LTE for Critical Communications

The LTE session heard a variety of viewpoints on how far LTE can go as the solution that ensures the public’s safety.

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Enhanced Voice Services Codec for LTE

By Kari Järvinen, Chairman, TSG SA WG4

3GPP SA4 has completed work on the Enhanced Voice Services (EVS) Codec, in Release 12, to enable vastly improved voice quality, network capacity and advanced features for voice services over LTE and other radio access technologies standardized by 3GPP. 

EVS is the first 3GPP conversational codec offering up to 20 kHz audio bandwidth, delivering speech quality that matches other audio input such as stored music, while offering high robustness to delay jitter and packet losses.

Designed to meet the demands of packet-switched mobile communications networks, the EVS codec has been developed and standardized under the lead of the 3GPP Codec Working Group, 3GPP TSG SA WG4.

Initial priorities for the evolution of LTE in Release-13

by Dino Flore, 3GPP RAN Chairman, September 20, 2014

While the completion of Release 12 is well underway, 3GPP RAN is starting to work on next generation LTE enhancements. Four major Release 13 projects have already been approved. Others will likely be added in the coming months.

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