GoodMood, the web conferencing company, has developed a solution to bring web conferences and web casts over 3G networks.
The GoodMood solution is based on a protocol called WIP 3.1 (web casting Information platform). The GoodMood system is being supported in the UK by established online communications company twofourtv, which itself is part of TV production company twofour Productions.
The GoodMood initiative to offer such a 3G service comes as the UK’s first 3G networks are launched.
Both Vodafone and T-Mobile have working 3G systems which will go fully commercial in a matter of weeks, and Orange is expected to have its network ready by the end of the year.
The consumer-based "3" service from Hutchison was also launched about a year ago.
Charles Wace, chief executive of twofourtv said, “To date, videophones have been seen as a consumer device, with no real corporate applications.
“Web conferencing across 3G turns these phones into a serious business tool with enhanced features beyond voice and picture messaging.”
Analysts Gartner predicted that 80% of large companies will have deployed web conferencing solutions across corporate intranets by 2006, and GoodMood plans to offer the necessary integration to 3G phones to make sure mobile workers do not miss out.
Videoconferencing on slower “2.5G” GPRS networks is possible, but there is not enough “headroom” in the access speed to avoid “shaky” pictures, unlike with 3G.
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