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  New Standard TS 103106 („3QUEST NG“) - Adopted by ETSI and 3GPP in record time
HEAD Press Release Herzogenrath, October 31, 2012
New Standard TS 103106 („3QUEST NG“):
Adopted by ETSI and 3GPP in record time
Standardization usually entails many discussions, meetings, draft revisions etc. and thus is a time-consuming activity which sometimes takes years to accomplish. However, in case of the new ETSI and 3GPP standard TS 103106, which is an advancement of EG 202396-3 („3QUEST“), everything went amazingly fast:
With the kind help of several important industry partners (Qualcomm, Audience, FT/Orange, Nokia), enhanced subjective tests based on ITU-T P.835 were independently performed in several laboratories.
The resulting databases were subsequently used by HEAD acoustics for retraining the 3QUEST algorithm (EG 202396-3). The resulting new version „3QUEST NG“ was immediately adopted in the ETSI standardization meeting for TS 103106 and 3GPP was quick to follow.
“3QUEST NG” is especially suited for mobile phones and leads to different results than the „old“ 3QUEST, mainly because it is based on different subjective databases. Of course, both versions are supported by ACQUA (3.1.200 or later).
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About HEAD acoustics GmbH:
HEAD acoustics was founded in 1986 and has been involved in noise and vibration, electroacoustics and voice quality testing since its inception. HEAD acoustics is based in Herzogenrath, Germany, with affiliates in USA, Japan and France as well as a world-wide network of representatives. The Telecom Division of HEAD acoustics manufactures telecom test equipment and provides consulting services in the field of speech and audio quality. Moreover, HEAD acoustics closely co-operates with DECT Forum, ETSI, ITU-T, TIA and other standardization bodies with regard to the development of quality standards for voice transmission and speech communication. In many partnership projects, HEAD acoustics has proven its competence and capabilities in conducting tests and optimizing communication products with respect to speech and audio quality under end-to-end as well as mouth-to-ear scenarios.
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