Nokia has successfully executed the world's first cellular call using the new Immersive Voice and Audio Services (IVAS) codec, a groundbreaking milestone in live voice calling tech.

On June 10, 2024, Nokia announced this remarkable achievement from its campus in Espoo, Finland. The historic call was made by Pekka Lundmark, Nokia's President and CEO, who connected with Stefan Lindström, Finland's Ambassador of Digitalization and New Technologies.

This call was not just any regular phone call; it utilized the IVAS codec technology, part of the upcoming 5G Advanced standard, to deliver a three-dimensional (3D) spatial sound experience in real time.

Current smartphone calls typically use monophonic audio, which compresses sound elements together, resulting in a flatter and less detailed sound experience.

The IVAS codec changes this by enabling users to hear voices as if they were physically present with the caller. This immersive technology brings a spatial and massively improved listening experience to voice and video calls, making interactions more lifelike and engaging.

"The live immersive voice and audio experience enabled by IVAS improves the richness and quality of the call, and the three-dimensional sound experience makes interaction more lifelike and engaging," said Lindström.

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