ITU-T - P.863 AMD 1
(Pre-Published) Perceptual objective listening quality assessment Amendment 1: New Appendix III – Prediction of acoustically recorded narrowband speech
|Publication Date:||1 November 2011|
This recommendation defines a single algorithm for assessing the speech quality of current and near future telephony systems that utilise a broad variety of coding, transport and speech enhancement technologies.
Based on the benchmark results presented within ITU-T Study Group 12, an overview of the test factors, coding technologies and applications to which this Recommendation applies is given in Tables 1 to 4. Table 1 presents factors and applications included in the requirement specification and which were used in the selection phase of ITU-T P.863. It should be noted that the performance of ITU-T P.863 under each individual condition in Table 1 is not reflected in this table. Additional and detailed analysis will be undertaken in the characterization phase of ITU-T P.863. Table 2 presents a list of conditions for which the Recommendation is not intended to be used. Table 3 presents test variables for which further investigation is needed, or ITU-T P.863 is subject to claims of providing inaccurate predictions when used in conjunction with these. Finally, Table 4 lists factors, technologies and applications for which ITU-T P.863 has not currently been validated. Note that the ITU-T P.863 algorithm cannot be used to replace subjective testing.
It should also be noted that the ITU-T P.863 algorithm does not provide a comprehensive evaluation of transmission quality. It only measures the effects of one-way speech distortion and noise on speech quality. The effects of delay, sidetone, echo, and other impairments related to two-way interaction (e.g. centre clipper) are not reflected in the ITU-T P.863 scores. Therefore, it is possible to have high ITU-T P.863 scores, yet poor overall conversational quality.
A Characterization Phase will follow the Approval of present Recommendation P.863. The purpose of the characterization phase is to prove the applicability of ITU-T P.863 in real applications and can include new test conditions, new test scenarios and alternate test methodologies.