RADVISION's 3G-324M 3G Video Software Toolkit Supports Fast Call Set-up

RADVISION (Nasdaq: RVSN), leading provider of video network infrastructure and developer tools for unified visual communications over IP, 3G and emerging next-generation networks, today announced the immediate availability of fast call set-up support in the new release of its 3G-324M toolkit. This release aligns the industry-leading 3G video software toolkit with the recent improvements to the 3G standard established by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU-T) Study Group 16. These improvements are designed to enhance the experience of 3G video subscribers by significantly reducing the amount of time required in setting up a video call. The ITU has included RADVISION’s intellectual property related to fast call setup as an integral and mandated part of a revision to the H.324M standard for 3G video, known as H.324 Annex K MONA (Media Oriented Negotiation Acceleration). The newly released 3G-324M Toolkit fully supports H.324 Annex K MONA.

The H.324M standard is used in cellular 3G networks to exchange real-time and bi-directional video traffic that is used in popular services. The improvements to the standard ratified by the ITU and implemented in RADVISION’s toolkit significantly shorten the call set-up time required when requesting such innovative video services as video fun tones, video conferencing and video community chat groups. This amendment follows the ITU’s adoption in August 2005 of WNSRP, the first standard for fast call setup on 3G-324M multimedia systems, which also was based on RADVISION’s contribution. H.324M call set-up times using RADVISION’s standards compliant toolkit are now expected typically to be less than one second. As a result, the user experience for 3G subscribers using video services will be improved.

RADVISION implements the H.324M standard (also known as 3G-324M by the 3GPP) in its 3G-324M toolkit, which is licensed by developers of 3G equipment such as video-enabled mobile handsets or infrastructure equipment such as multi-media messaging products or videoconferencing systems. By using the RADVISION 3G-324M toolkit, developers are assured that their products support the important updates to the standard. These updates to the standard must be implemented in any product that mediates H.324M video traffic in order to comply with the newly amended ITU standard.

Eli Doron, CTO of RADVISION, commented: “RADVISION is a leader in video technology and products, and we are 3G video pioneers. Since we bring to market developers’ toolkits to enable the open-standards based industry as well as infrastructure products such as our SCOPIA(TM) 3G Gateway to mediate between 3G and IP networks, it is extremely important for us that the standard provides a good user experience. The call set-up time has been an issue with the H.324M standard, and we are proud that our efforts in the industry to push for Standard solution rather than proprietary ones and our contributions within the ITU have led to the adoption of a better standard to provide 3G users with crisp and responsive video services. This is good for the 3G video market as a whole, and specifically for the RADVISION software and infra-structure product lines.”

Adi Paz, Senior Director of Product Marketing at RADVISION, added “We have been working in parallel to standardization efforts in the ITU to provide a commercially available tool that implements the valuable changes to the H.324M standard. Our 3G-324M Toolkit with Annex K MONA compliance is now available to the market so that these changes may be implemented by the industry as a whole in the near future.”

RADVISION (Nasdaq: RVSN) is the industry’s leading provider of market-proven products and technologies for unified visual communications over IP and 3G networks. With its complete set of standards-based video networking infrastructure and developer toolkits for voice, video, data and wireless communications, RADVISION is driving the unified communications evolution by combining the power of video, voice, data and wireless – for high definition videoconferencing systems, innovative services on converged IP and 3G networks, and highly scalable video-enabled desktop platforms for IP and emerging next-generation networks.