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PictureTel, Nortel Networks License Broadband Audio

PictureTel Corporation Monday announced that it has entered into a wide band audio license arrangement with Nortel Networks.

The companies have licensed to each other the patents which each party holds to International Telecommunications Union (ITU-T) standards G.722 and G.722.1. Nortel Networks will also be licensed under PictureTel's Siren broadband audio technology.

PictureTel's patented Siren wideband audio compression algorithm is an enabler for audio conferencing, videoconferencing, Voice over IP, and Internet streaming. Siren was chosen by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) as the new international standard (G.722.1) for audio coding.

The new G.722.1 standard provides 7 kHz of audio bandwidth at bit rates of 24 and 32 kbps, which is more than double the quality of a telephone call.

"We are very pleased to have executed this bi-lateral agreement with Nortel Networks. PictureTel is a strong believer in pushing the industry forward by development of industry standards," said David Snow, vice president, Strategic Initiatives, PictureTel Corporation.

PictureTel Corporation develops, manufactures, and markets. PictureTel also owns 1414c, a communications ASP that greatly simplifies the network complexity inherent in mixed rich media collaboration. PictureTel markets network conferencing servers in addition to arange of end-point products and delivers capability to service, support and provide solutions for customers needing rich media communications.