Bit Rate Reduction of the Digital Voice Channel

It became obvious to system designer that conversion to digital cellular required some different technique for coding speech other than conventional PCM found in the PSTN and described in Chapter 6. The following lists some techniques that have been considered or that have been incorporated in the various systems in North America, Europe, and Japan (Ref. 10).

1. ADPCM (adaptive differential PCM). Good intelligibility and good quality; 32-kbps data transmission over the channel may be questionable.

2. Linear predictive vocoders (voice coders); 2400 bps. Adopted by U.S. Department of Defense. Good intelligibility, poor quality, especially speaker recognition.

3. Subband coding (SBC). Good intelligibility, even down to 4800 bps. Quality suffers below 9600 bps.

4. RELP (residual excited linear predictive) type coder. Good intelligibility down to 4800 bps and fair to good quality. Quality improves as bit rate increases. Good quality at 16 kbps.

5. CELP (codebook-excited linear predictive). Good intelligibility and surprisingly good quality, even down to 4800 bps. At 8 kbps, near-toll quality speech.

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