Vodafone and Nortel are planning a trial of third generation (3G) mobile communications in London that will enable consumers to zap images, data and voice messages around the world.
The trials will be carried out early next year and involve testers using prototype equipment that subscribers can instantly recognise as consumer electronic devices. These include mobile phones with built-in cameras and video screens featuring MPEG4 video codec capable of transmitting and receiving data at rates of 64Kbps. There will also be pocket-sized voice terminals, wireless modems for laptop computers, and a mobile data device with transmission speeds of up to 348Kbps.
The trial will feature business and consumer applications. Participants will be able to hold live video communications sessions using mobile videophones, or view streaming media from the Internet.
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