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Sonera, PacketVideo to Demo Wireless Multimedia

Finland's Sonera and PacketVideo Monday announced that Sonera will conduct field trials of PacketVideo's wireless multimedia services in Finland this summer.

PacketVideo's MPEG-4 compliant software-based encoding, decoding, and transmission management products enable wireless carriers to deliver a variety of content and rich media applications to mobile devices. Sonera is offering a preview at the CeBIT World Business Fair in Hannover, Germany.

PacketVideo's software is air-interface independent, allowing the field trial to use both 14.4 kbps GSM and 43 kbps high-speed circuit switched data (HSCSD) connections to personal digital assistants (PDAs) and data-capable mobile phones.

During the field trial, the companies will determine user perceptions of streaming media on wireless devices. The companies also expect to identify the types of wireless multimedia services and applications users find most beneficial so they can be expanded upon for commercial deployment.

"Our vision of wireless services includes a vast array of advanced applications, many of which depend on multimedia capabilities," said Pekka Keskiivari, head of Sonera Mspace. "Thanks to PacketVideo's groundbreaking wireless video platform, we can bring these applications to the market in Finland sooner than expected."