Rounding out the rest of its subsidiaries, Orange has launched HD voice service is Slovakia, according to a report in IT News.
Service runs over Orange Slovkia’s 3G (HSPA+) network and all devices supporting AMR-WB. Tests have been ongoing for “several weeks” before going live. Phones supported include the usual suspects: Apple iPhone 5, Nokia Lumina, Sony, HTC, ZTE, and RIM BB10 OS devices.
Orange says it is the first operator to deliver HD voice in Slovakia.
In celebration of two years of HD voice service, Orange Romania is offering a10 euro discount on phones supporting HD voice, reports Comunic.
The discount is applicable for both new subscribers and existing customers signing up for a new contract.
An Orange Romania official said the company has about “50%” of HD voice compatible handsets (assuming deployed from the Google Translate). The number of HD voice calls on the company’s network is 7 times higher in April than the same period last year, reaching a total in the two years of more than 70 million HD voice calls. Rate of adoption for HD voice compatible phones rose three times the rate than the same period last year.
In addition, the official noted the first HD voice interconnect between the countries of Romania and Moldova in October 2012.
Readers may wish to compare Orange’s success with HD voice to current HD voice activity in the U.S.
Abi Dhabi-based Etislat announced it has completed successful Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and eSRVCC (enhanced Single Radio Call Continuity) trials, according to a report at zawya.com.
Testing was conducted with Huawei, the vendor providing “end-to-end” networking, including radio access and core network.
VoLTE provides voice over an LTE network while eSRVCC delivers seamless roaming of calls between 3G and LTE networks using a single radio within a handset. Several carriers have discussed testing and implementing eSRVCC, but it appears Etisalat is the first (at least one of the first) to publicly announce a trial on a production network.
A tweet using the #HDvoice hashtag says soft client maker CounterPath will support Opus across its entire line of softphones “in just weeks.”
The move shouldn’t be that surprising, since the CounterPath Bria clients are able to support multiple codecs already. Opus would be a drop-in/upgrade to existing software.
CounterPath’s line of VoIP/UC soft clients are available for Apple iOS, Google Android, and PC desktop environments.
Cox Business has announced a cloud-based HD voice service for businesses.
VoiceManager IP Centrex is a managed hosted in Cox’s private IP network. Businesses pay a flat rate per seat and receive Cisco SPA phones with HD voice, fitting in with the same pay-per-seat/you-get-a-phone model that has become the standard for SMB and enterprise hosted offerings over the past twelve months.
Privately-held Cox is currently the seventh largest voice service provider in the U.S. and supports one million phone lines (including the business line for HD Voice News).
DECT and VoIP chipset maker DSP Gropu announced its DECT/Cat-iq 2.0 System on a Chip (SOC) can be integrated into home cable gateways using the Intel Puma 6 SoC.
The DSP Group DCX81 DECT/CAT-iq 2.0 SoC provides HD voice via G.722 and CAT-iq DECT wireless plus DECT ULE support for home automation/monitoring support. It supports multiple lines, handsets, and “in-field” software upgradability.
Intel says the DCX81 DECT SoC is a “good solution” for adding HD voice and CAT-iq to Puma 6-based cable customer CPE.
GENBAND Perspectives13, Orlando, FL – Liberty Global has nothing in the works at this time for HD voice, either as a broadband or mobile service offering.
Liberty Global Chief Technology Officer Balan Nair said he wanted to keep his team tightly focused on its Horizon project and other innovative technology. He said he wasn’t discounting the quality of HD voice, but he needed to keep his finite resources focused on current projects.
In the future, the carrier/VC/cable operator may revisit the issue depending upon its potential to add revenue and/or customer/market demand.
Orlando, Florida – Verizon CTO Tony Melone said that the company was still on track to deploy Voice over LTE (VoLTE), with a commercial in-service date of late this year or early 2014. However, Melone said while the offering would be “Network ready” by the end of the year, it wasn’t clear if marketing plans would be ready.
Melone gave his remarks in a stock keynote speech on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at the GENBAND Perspectives 13 event in Orlando.
The 2013 HD Voice News report, “Explosion,” is now available for purchase at TMCNet.
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HD Voice News Editor-in-Chief Doug Mohney will be at GENBAND’s PERSPECTIVES 13 event next week in Orlando and the (last) CTIA Wireless event next month in Las Vegas.
Companies interested in briefing at CTIA should be aware that “sooner” is better than “later” for setting up a meeting time, given the number of meeting requests already flowing in.
Contact Mohney directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to check for availability and suggest a date/time. He will be attending one or both of the evening tabletop events sponsored by Showstoppers and Pepcom.