: Many years ago at CeBIT, there was a demonstration of transmitting
video over eight GSM mobile lines. Why the demo? I asked. Because
it will happen one day, said the enthusiastic technology expert on
the stand. He was correct. Vodafone, the world’s largest mobile
operator, launched its 3G mobile service with video in the UK and
12 other countries recently and targets to have 10 million users over
the next 15 months.
frontier for video conferencing is 3G. One person to recognise the
conferencing services potential of 3G is serial entrepreneur David
Atkins ( inset above ), who set up All New Video
(ANV) based near Newbury in 2002 to exploit the 3G opportunity. Previously
he set up VideoWeb and sold it to Genesys Conferencing.
Mobile 3G capability
has been limited to video phone to video phone calls so far. But that
is about to change with the introduction of unique services supplied
by All New Video (ANV) which is the first and only company to offer
live multi-party 3G video calling, PC to video phonecalling, and video
phone to legacy videoconference system connections.
David told us
“The applications for this technology are endless and include:
enterprise conferencing, security services (police, ambulance), video
dating, chat rooms, and more. We have the capability to connect any
3G videophone to any PC with a broadband connection. We can also connect
a 3G video phone to any legacy video conferencing system on ISDN and
on IP if the firewall opens up.”
“The video call is made at 64K which is comparable in quality
to a 128K ISDN call. On a small screen the results are impressive.
It is also impressive when a 3G video phone call is viewed on a plasma
screen with a Polycom ViewStation. This is what we are demonstrating
to the UK press tomorrow.”