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G.726 supersedes G.721 and G.723, including both standards and new standards for 16 Kbps data transfer rate. It was the standard code used in digital enhanced cordless telecommunication wireless phone systems. It is also used in some Canon systems. The four bit rates in G.726 are referred to by the bit size of the sample holding 2, 3, 4 and 5 bits respectively.
G.726 compresses data by converting between Linear A law used in Europe, or µ-law used in Japan, and the pulse-code modulation used in the U.S.