Sixth European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Budapest, Hungary
September 5-9, 1999

Qualiphone-A: A Perceptual Speech Quality Evaluation System for Analog Mobile Networks

M. Szarvas, T. Fegyó, P. Tatai, Géza Gordos

TSP Laboratory, Department of Telecommunication and Telematics, Technical University of Budapest, Hungary

This paper describes an objective speech quality assessment method developed for the Hungarian NMT-450 mobile telephone system. The method is based on a psychoacoustic front end followed by a cognitive modeling component. Special problems of the NMT system, such as hand-overs, the effects of automatic gain control (AGC) and intrusion of signaling noise are addressed in the cognitive module. Correlation of the subjective and objective quality measures is maximized by finding a transformation that linearizes their relationship. A correlation of 0.94 is achieved on an independent test set between the subjective speech quality and the proposed objective quality measure.

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Bibliographic reference.  Szarvas, M. / Fegyó, T. / Tatai, P. / Gordos, Géza (1999): "Qualiphone-a: a perceptual speech quality evaluation system for analog mobile networks", In EUROSPEECH'99, 2563-2566.