Thomson Puts IP Multimedia in Users Hands

At TelecomNEXT, Thomson is unveiling the ST2077, a multimedia handset that supports voice and video over IP, and features Wi-Fi connectivity for mobile access to the voice and video features.

The ST2077 supports video telephony as well as streaming video, and is one of the first handsets on the market to incorporate H.264 codec technology. The TFT screen provides superior picture quality through the use of MPEG-4 for high-quality video at bandwidths lower than other video codecs, such as MPEG-2.

The unit also includes a 1.3-megapixel camera that rotates up to 180 degrees, 128MB of flash memory for content storage and offers 90 hours of autonomy on standby. It allows four hours of battery life on voice mode and two hours for video. Other value-added services are instant messaging (SMS/MMS) and network address book synchronization with a memory capable of storing up to 500 contacts.

Thomson also is launching a USB DECT dongle, about the size of a flash drive, which has all the functions of any DECT base station. It allows any access point or gateway equipped with a USB port to offer additional wireless features such as wireless broadband access as well as wireless VoIP telephony without changing the residential gateway hardware.

The addition of DECT connectivity can support whole-house VoIP systems, for example, as well as provide access to additional services, such as address book synchronization, broadcast traffic information, weather forecasts and news, and e-mail notification.

Thomson also is demonstrating its broad range of IPTV products from digital video acquisition and production to delivery and access. These product categories include multichannel video, mobile TV, digital signage, large retail networks and closed-circuit educational systems.

Video service platforms are an important building block of IP content delivery. Thomson products comprise a suite of software for the aggregation of content, the delivery of this content with quality of service across an IP network, and subscriber management functions such as billing, service customization including parental control, subscription packages, and network storage options.

Thomson also will showcase its mobile video platform, based on MPEG-4 AVC (H.264). The companys mobile video service platform includes mobile TV services management, an electronic service guide and a mobile TV headend system for the preparation and transmission of live TV and on-demand content to mobile receivers.



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