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TC32 - Multimedia Coding and Communications

Scope - Programme of work - Task & Editor Groups - Activities - Standards and Technical Reports - TC32 presentation - QSIG - CSTA - Personal Networks - Spatial coding


  • To maintain an overall view and strategy for standardisation and to prepare and maintain Ecma Standards and Technical Reports required in the field of multimedia coding and communications, including transmission.
  • To monitor, coordinate and pursue standardisation at a global level with regard to ISO/IEC JTC 1 Link to non-Ecma site. Ecma is not responsible for the contents of the site., including its SC 6 and SC 29, and the international standardisation world in general.
  • To work together with ETSI Link to non-Ecma site. Ecma is not responsible for the contents of the site. within the framework for standardisation under the terms of the Co-operation Agreement between ETSI and Ecma, for publication of European standards and technical reports.
  • To promote unified international standards.

General items addressed by standards and technical reports are architecture, service, protocol, interface, compatibility, management and applications aspects. 

The field of communications includes:
  • Computer Supported Telecommunications Applications (CSTA) (see TC32-TG11);
  • Architecture, service and protocol aspects of narrowband and broadband Private Integrated Services Networks (PISNs) (see TC32-TG14);
  • IP-based multimedia communications in a business environment, including interoperability of narrowband and broadband PISNs with IP networks (see TC32-TG17);
  • Personal Networks and their federations (TC32-PNF).

In scope are also energy efficient solutions for coding and transmission of 3D audio content, including, but not limited to:

Further subjects for standardisation are:

  • Test sequences and methods for quality assessment of Multimedia output

Programme of work:

  1. To address requirements and strategic plans for standardisation in the scope, and to align, harmonize and as far as possible remain compatible with standards for multimedia coding and communications as well as standards in related fields.
  2. To be responsible for and co-ordinate the planning and work of the Task Groups within TC32. In particular, to review and approve work items of the task groups.
  3. To review and approve draft Standards and Technical Reports prepared by the task groups for submission to the Ecma General Assembly and onwards submission to ISO/IEC JTC 1, ETSI and other standardisation organizations as appropriate.
  4. To maintain liaisons with other Ecma TCs working in related fields.
  5. To maintain liaison with, monitor and contribute to the work of ISO/IEC JTC 1, ITU-T, ETSI, IETF, and other international, regional and national standards organizations and consortia, to present Ecma proposals and to comment on their proposals.

Bernard Hammer (Ecma International)


Istvan Sebestyen (Ecma International)

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