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Global body adopts latest media transport tech

Korea’s next-generation media transport technology has been adopted as an international standard by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said yesterday.

The technology, co-developed by Samsung Electronics, Kyunghee University and the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute, is MPEG Media Transport (MMT) that has been made to replace the 20-year-old MPEG2 technology known globally as High Definition (HD) technology.

The Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) is a working group of experts formed by the ISO and IEC to set standards for audio and video compression and transmission. The group has more than 15 standards related to moving pictures and digital content.

MMT technology is used to efficiently transfer moving pictures and audio data using the all-Internet Protocol (All-IP) network. The All-IP network is the most advanced to date, ahead of even long-term evolution, which enables smartphone users to enjoy HD images on their devices by integrating the current telephone network with the wireless network.

If this new technology is commercialized, video will play without skipping frames, even when Internet traffic suddenly spikes. It will be able to transport larger amounts of content, providing viewers with video that is higher in definition.

The ministry says it will be an optimal technology for hybrid smart TVs that play both terrestrial and Internet content.

“Being adopted as an international standard means that the Korean technology could lead the multimedia application market in the coming years,” said Park In-soo, director of the ministry. “Korea is three to four years ahead of others in development of technologies for smart TVs and ultra-HDTVs.”

The ISO and IEC, international standard organizations for information and telecommunications, have numerous standard technologies like MPEG, JPEG, HDTV and 3-D TV that are widely used by multimedia applications.

At the latest meeting, roughly 450 experts worked together to set various other standards.

By Song Su-hyun []

By Song Su-hyun
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