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Nokia CEO Makes World's First 'Immersive' 3D Phone Call, Revolutionising Future of Voice Communication

Nokia CEO Pekka Lundmark makes the world's first "immersive" phone call, utilising new technology known as "immersive audio and video." The technology improves the quality of phone calls by generating three-dimensional sound, which makes interactions more realistic. Nokia is hoping to gain licencing opportunities for the technology, which is part of the future 5G Advanced standard.

This innovative technology, known as "immersive audio and video," improves the quality of phone calls by offering three-dimensional sound, resulting in a more lifelike and engaging experience. Lundmark, who was there for the first 2G call in 1991, believes that this technology represents the future of voice communications.

Unlike conventional smartphone calls, which are monophonic and compress audio aspects, the new immersive technology puts 3D audio in the spotlight. Callers can now hear everything as if they are physically present with the other person. According to Jenni Lukander, president of Nokia Technologies, this innovation represents the most important leap forward in live voice calling since the debut of monophonic telephony audio, which is now utilised in smartphones and PCs.

The historic call was made by Lundmark and Stefan Lindström, Finland's Ambassador of Digitalisation and New Technologies. Lukander stated that this technology is currently being standardised, allowing network providers, chipset manufacturers, and phone manufacturers to include it into their products. Nokia made the call with a conventional smartphone over a public 5G network.

In addition to person-to-person immersive calls, this technology can be used in conference calls. Participants' voices can be split based on their spatial position, resulting in a more dynamic and participatory experience. Jyri Huopaniemi, Nokia Technologies' head of audio research, stated that the majority of smartphones already have at least two microphones, making it possible to deploy this technology by conveying the spatial aspects of a call in real time.

This immersive technology is part of the future 5G Advanced standard, and Nokia intends to secure licencing opportunities to ensure wider availability. However, it is believed that this technology will take several years to become readily available to the general public.

  • Nokia CEO Pekka Lundmark makes the world's first "immersive" phone call using new technology called "immersive audio and video."

  • The technology enhances the quality of phone calls by providing three-dimensional sound, making interactions more lifelike.

  • Nokia aims to secure licensing opportunities for the technology, which is part of the upcoming 5G Advanced standard.


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