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KTH (Royal Institute of Technology) is Sweden's largest technical university, providing about one third of the technical research and university-level technical training in Sweden. It is located in Stockholm and awarded 1350 M.S. degrees (33 % women) and 225 Ph.D. degrees (22 % women) during 2004. It has about 240 full professors and has a turnover of 320 million Euro per year. It received 130 million Euro in external research financing in 2004.
Nokia Corporation is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations.
Orange/France Telecom Group is one of the world's leading telecommunications carriers, with 117 million customers on five continents (220 countries and territories) and consolidated operating revenues of 46.1 billion Euro for 2003. Through its major international brands, including Orange, Wanadoo, Equant and GlobeCast, France Telecom provides businesses, consumers and other carriers with a complete portfolio of solutions that spans local, long-distance and international telephony, wireless, Internet, multimedia, data, broadcast and cable TV services. France Telecom is the second-largest wireless operator and Internet access provider in Europe, and a world leader in telecommunications solutions for multinational corporations.
RWTH Aachen University is Germany's largest technical university. In 2004, 2668 M.Sc. students (41% women) and 700 Ph.D. students (26% women) graduated at the RWTH. The RWTH has about 420 full professors and receives approximately 142 million Euro in external research funding per year.
The RWTH Aachen Institute of Communication Systems and Data Processing (IND) has a scientific staff of one professor, two senior researchers, twelve Ph.D. students, and ten Diploma students. The RWTH/IND possesses longtime expertise in the area of mobile communication and digital signal processing, especially with respect to speech coding, perception, noise reduction, echo cancellation, error concealment as well as combined source-channel coding and modulation. Most of these research fields are related to the work plan of FlexCode. Over the last decade, RWTH/IND has continuously made contributions to international speech and audio codec standards. The RWTH/IND owns an audio laboratory with real-time processing facilities. The RWTH/IND participated in several EU projects as subcontractors.
Ericsson AB is the largest supplier of mobile systems in the world. The world's 10 largest mobile operators are among Ericsson's customers and some 40% of all mobile calls are made through Ericsson systems. Today the company has around 50 000 employees in more than 140 countries. Its headquarters is located in Stockholm, Sweden. Ericsson provides total solutions covering everything from systems and applications, to services and core technology for mobile handsets. Together with Sony-Ericsson, the company is also a top supplier of complete mobile multi-media products. Ericsson has a long tradition in EU projects contributing to a number of different networking projects. The results of FlexCode would find many natural applications within Ericsson products. Ericsson has expertise in general architecture, networking, mobility, security, radio access networks, media flows and media coding as well as general systems issues and project management.
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