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Indian LTE Giant Reliance Licenses SPIRIT Mobile Video Engine

SPIRIT DSP, the world's #1 voice and video over IP engines provider serving more than 1 billion users in 100+ countries, has announced today that Indian telecom operator Infotel, a subsidiary of Reliance Group, one of India’s top three private sector business houses with annual turnover of more than $60 billion, has licensed TeamSpiritTM Voice&Video Engine Mobile.

Reliance intends to invest $10 billion in its LTE network and has turned to SPIRIT's software products for voice and video calls over LTE instead of waiting for phone makers who are slow in offering handsets transmitting voice and video in 4G networks. The lack of mobile devices supporting VoLTE (Voice-over-LTE) drives a growing number of carriers to implement a software-only product, which is more flexible, scalable and offers a quicker time to market. SPIRIT engines plays a key role in providing HD voice and video quality as a part of IMS/RCS service infrastructure on popular Android and iOS smartphones and tablet PCs, as well as PCs with Mac OS or Windows.

By using SPIRIT engines, Reliance will be able to offer its subscribers high-quality services as an alternative to Skype over cellular networks and attract new high-value subscribers that used services from other operators and commercial OTT service providers.

"While the number of LTE networks is growing, the quantity of mobile devices models supporting VoLTE is extremely small. LTE phones and tablets mainly support only data transmission over an LTE modem, while voice and video are going via 2G/3G network. It’s an akward situation for mobile operators who had hoped that phone OEMs would flood the market with 4G LTE-ready phones," said SPIRIT’s VP Alex Kravchenko. "Carriers in dozens of countries now plan to or already deploy VVoIP services under their own brands in an effort to stop subscribers from switching to OTT providers, such as Skype, Viber and WhatsApp. The TeamSpirit software engines enable the transmission of voice and video packets via LTE modems and help operators use mobile devices available in today's market. Reliance’s decision to follow the growing trend is a good example of carriers' flexibility to create their own competitive services faster. It’s The Fastest who wins in today highly competitive technology world, not The Biggest one."

About TeamSpirit Voice and Video Engine

TeamSpirit Voice&Video Engines support both RCS-e and VoLTE. The engines include resource-efficient HD voice and video codecs, echo and noise cancelling (AEC), automatic voice and video rate selection (ARS), packets delays mitigation, speech enhancement, network adaptation, voice and video synchronization, a dozen of standard digital telephony functions and more, in addition to a dozen of ITU-T standard G.7xx and H.26x codecs included in the engine. SPIRIT also offers its own industry leading patented IP-MR™ (IETF 6262) adaptive and error-resilient HD voice codec that has been selected by Tier1 telecom operators to deliver HD voice to dozens of millions of their subscribers. TeamSpirit uses H.264SVC and VP8 video codecs. TeamSpirit Voice&Video Conferencing Engine is an additional server-side module bringing all the power of TeamSpirit's robust high-quality calling to centralized multi-point communication scenarios.

TeamSpirit Conferencing powers SPIRIT's VideoMostTM software for massively multipoint videoconferencing. SPIRIT video engines are available on Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and allow users of smartphones, tablets and notebooks across different OSs to make video calls from iPhone to Android smartphones to PC, as well as participate in HD videoconferencing with automatic quality adaptation to specific network conditions, screen size and processing power.

About SPIRIT DSP

SPIRIT DSP is the world's #1 voice and video over IP (VoIP) engines provider. SPIRIT's innovative carrier-grade voice and video software platform is used by carriers, OEMs and software developers, web services and social networks, serving even more VoIP users than Skype – SPIRIT DSP software platforms serves more than 1 billion users in 100 countries. SPIRIT DSP software powers popular products from global technology leaders including Apple, Adobe, ARM, AT&T, Avaya, Blizzard, BT, China Mobile, Dialogic, Ericsson, HP, HTC, Huawei, KT, Kyocera, LG U+, Microsoft, NEC, Oracle, Polycom, Samsung, Skype, Texas Instruments, Toshiba, Viber, ZTE, among more than 250 other hardware and software manufacturers. SPIRIT's direct OEM customers jointly exceed 60 percent of the global smartphone market share. SPIRIT DSP mainstream product today is multi-point web videoconferencing software, VideoMost targeted at enterprise customers in partnership with telcos as SAAS service. SPIRIT offers its multipoint videoconferencing software products to carriers and system integrators around the world who are deploying high-demand cloud videoconferencing and mobile video calling services under their own brands. Videoconferencing services based on SPIRIT software help operators to reduce churn, gain extra revenue and effectively compete against alterative VoIP offerings.

About Reliance Group

Reliance Group is India's largest private sector enterprise, with businesses in the energy and materials value chain. Group's annual revenues are in excess of US$ 66 billion. The flagship company, Reliance Industries Limited, is a Fortune Global 500 company and is the largest private sector company in India. Reliance Group is the full owner of Infotel, a broadband service provider which gained 4G licensees for operating across India.

TeamSpirit is a registered trademark and IP-MR is a trademark of SPIRIT DSP. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

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