London, United Kingdom and San Francisco, United States:
BT Conferencing, one of the world’s leading providers of audio and video
conferencing solutions, is joining forces with Dolby Laboratories Inc.
(NYSE:DLB), pioneers in the science of sight and sound, on a technology
trial designed to make audio conference calls more effective by making
them sound and feel like in-person meetings.
The trial promises to improve business communication by combining Dolby
expertise in core signal processing and human psychoacoustic perception
with BT’s world-class capabilities in the field of unified
BT’s conferencing services with Dolby
Voice™ technology will leapfrog several existing conferencing
solutions by creating a spatial audio scene that allows participants to
engage in dynamic, flowing conversations. This approach creates the
impression that sounds are coming from unique points in space (as they
would in real life), so call participants can easily identify who is
speaking and what they are saying.
The core BT MeetMe conferencing service was initially supported by
traditional time-division multiplexing (TDM) based audio conferencing
bridge equipment. This has been upgraded to a platform based on voice
over Internet protocol (VoIP) and is a key part of BT’s audio and video
conferencing solutions. It is also fully integrated into the BT One
portfolio of unified communications solutions, which BT Global Services
delivers to global corporations and government organizations.
Dave Hobday, Managing Director, BT Enterprises, said: “BT has been a
long-time innovator in offering productive conferencing services to our
global business customers. We are looking forward to this trial. Our
objective is for all conference-call attendees to become productive
participants, engaging more naturally in conversation and generating
better outcomes from meetings. We hope the trial of Dolby Voice can
provide a unique and improved experience for conference-call users,
which will lead to us deploying it as part of the BT MeetMe service for
conferencing customers in due course.”
Andrew Border, Senior Director, Voice Business Group, Dolby
Laboratories, said: “Audio conferencing promised a reduction in the need
for face-to-face meetings, but when the stakes are high, people meet in
person to capture important details and express themselves clearly. With
Dolby Voice, there’s no longer any need to travel just to hold an
effective business meeting.”
BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services
and solutions, serving customers in more than 170 countries. Its
principal activities include the provision of networked IT services
globally; local, national and international telecommunications services
to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband and
internet products and services and converged fixed/mobile products and
services. BT consists principally of four lines of business: BT Global
Services, BT Retail, BT Wholesale and Openreach.
In the year ended 31 March 2012, BT Group’s revenue was Σ18,897m with
profit before taxation of 2,445m.
British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT
Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT
Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.
For more information, visit www.btplc.com.
About Dolby Laboratories
Dolby Laboratories (NYSE:DLB) advances the science of sight and sound to
create more immersive, engaging experiences. Founded in 1965, Dolby is
best known for high-quality audio and surround sound in environments
from the cinema to the living room, from mobile devices to the
boardroom. For more information about Dolby Laboratories or Dolby
technologies, visit www.dolby.com.
Dolby and the double-D symbol are registered trademarks of Dolby
Laboratories. Dolby Voice is a trademark of Dolby Laboratories.
Sean Durkin, 415-645-5176