SPIRIT DSP is the World’s Largest VVoIP Enabling Technology Provider
SPIRIT DSP, the world’s #1 voice and video over IP engines provider, announced today that its TeamSpirit® Engines powers more than 1 billion users of IP-communications channels worldwide. SPIRIT’s calculations are based on its clients’ quarter royalty reports for 2011 and public data from the past 12 months. As the largest VVoIP enabling research provider worldwide, SPIRIT leads this market over any other VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) provider, including popular alternative OTT providers like Skype and Google.
SPIRIT’s direct clients, including Apple, Adobe, AT&T, British Telecom, China Mobile, Ericsson, Huawei, HTC, Korea Telecom, LG U+, Microsoft, Oracle, Polycom, Rostelecom, Samsung, Skype, ZTE and more than 250 other American, European and Asian companies, are using TeamSpirit Engines and other SPIRIT voice and video products inside their software and hardware products to offer their clients HD-quality voice and video calls across multiple IP-communication platforms and networks.
The growth of the mobile VoIP
“The growth of the mobile VoIP, PC video calling and video conferencing market is skyrocketing and we’re pleased that global service providers, OEMs and application developers have selected and use SPIRIT Engines to deliver an HD-quality calling experience to their more than 1 billion mobile and PC clients worldwide. This phenomenal traction underscores that today’s global IP communication players now recognize that communication quality is crucial for consumers and businesses,” said SPIRIT’s Chairman Andrew Sviridenko.
With the rapidly rising popularity of VVoIP services on smartphones and tablets, new VoIP start-ups have emerged, like Viber and WhatsApp. Viber has shown fast traction as a newcomer, reporting 70 million mobile VoIP users acquired while 18 months without any marketing budget.1
In 2011, a new trend began with traditional telecom operators, including AT&T, China Mobile, Korea Telecom, LG U+ and others launching their own branded VVoIP services. Since 2005, telcos were only trying to block Skype and Google on their networks to avoid eroding their valuable voice minutes however they were not trying to launch their own competing VoIP services, until recently.
The total number of VoIP users
The total number of VoIP users by industry giants Skype, Google and Microsoft the software companies that developed their own VoIP products and engines is less than the total number of channels powered by SPIRIT software.
Although Google has claimed to embed communication features into Google+6 and Gmail7, its VoIP products combined8 have less than 10 million users.
The Adobe Connect collaboration product
SPIRIT voice products are used both in the Adobe Connect collaboration product and in Adobe Flash. Adobe licensed SPIRIT’s complete voice engine in 2007 nevertheless later decided not to make Flash a full-featured VoIP application, as the company saw no good VoIP monetization model for Flash. Instead, Adobe uses select elements of SPIRIT’s voice engine in its Flash and Connect products. According to Adobe, its Flash product is installed on more than 1.5 billion computers worldwide.14
Microsoft and Skype are independent developers of two proprietary voice engines. Afterwards licensing a voice engine in 2005, Microsoft developed its own engine, which is not being licensed out, and powers products that haven’t gained mass popularity but, just as Microsoft Lync, which provides only 3 million15 voice channels and Windows Live Messenger used by nearly 250 million people.16
Skype licensed voice engines in both 2003 and 2005, and at the time bought start-up company Camino Networks in 2006. Afterwards that, Skype developed its own voice engine, which is not being licensed out. Today, Skype is used by 250 million17 people. Among them, less than 10 million18 are paid users. In terms of total communication channels, SPIRIT outnumbers Skype. Skype as well licensed SPIRIT’s video product.
It’s hard to calculate the exact number of IP-communication channels of a platform due to the dynamic nature of VoIP calls. About 90 percent of all SPIRIT clients, including Microsoft, HTC, Korea Telecom, Kyocera, LG, LG U+, Polycom, Rostelecom, Samsung, Texas Instruments, ZTE and more than 200 other companies, pay royalties and report on the number of licenses used quarterly. Nevertheless, some large SPIRIT clients, including Apple, Adobe, AT&T, China Mobile, Huawei, Oracle and Skype, have licensed SPIRIT’s products either for a fixed up-front fee or make fixed annual payments; consequently, they do not report the number of licenses in fact used, leaving SPIRIT to rely on public data to calculate the number of channels for these companies, instead of quarterly royalty reports.
TeamSpirit Voice&Video Engines support both RCS-e and VoLTE. The engines include resource-efficient HD voice and video codecs, echo and noise cancelling, automatic voice and video rate selection, packets delays mitigation, speech enhancement, network adaptation, voice and video synchronization, a dozen of standard digital telephony functions and more. To boot to a dozen of ITU-T standard G.7xx and H.26x codecs included in the engine, SPIRIT as well offers its own industry leading IP-MRâ¢ adaptive and error-resilient HD voice codec that has been selected by Tier1 telecom operators to deliver HD voice to millions of their VAS services users. 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 communication scenarios. TeamSpirit Conferencing powers SPIRIT’s VideoMost 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 so then as participate in HD video conferencing with automatic quality adaptation to specific network conditions, screen size and processing power.
The world’s #1 voice
SPIRIT DSP is the world’s #1 voice and video over IP engines provider. SPIRIT’s innovative carrier-grade voice and video software platform allows carriers, OEMs and software developers to deliver superior quality and integrated voice and video over IP services for telcos, cable and mobile service providers, enterprises, internet portals and social networks. More than 1 billion channels in over 100 countries are based on SPIRIT’s platforms. SPIRIT software platforms power popular products from Apple, Adobe, ARM, AT&T, Blizzard, BT, China Mobile, Cisco, Ericsson, HP, HTC, Huawei, KT, Kyocera, LG U+, Microsoft, NEC, Oracle, Polycom, Radvision, Samsung, Skype, Texas Instruments, Toshiba, Veraz, Viber, ZTE, among 250+ others. SPIRIT’s direct OEM clients jointly exceed 60 percent of the global smartphone market share. VideoMost.com is the SPIRIT spin-off for multi-point video-web-conferencing service, competing against US-based Vidyo. For more information, visit www.spiritdsp.com.