At IT EXPO this week, Aastra announced it’s Hi-Q audio technology (i.e. a software/firmware upgrade) for its 67xxi series desktop phones. Hi-Q supports the G.722 wideband codec and the firmware will be available as a free software download from Aastra.
While it is good that Aasstra has joined the G.772/HD Communications bandwagon, close followers of 8×8 may want to take a closer look at that company’s end-points — which just happen to be, yes, Aastra 67xxi series phones. Informal word out of 8×8 puts a software upgrade for G.722 sometime in the October timeframe, a move which will likely make 8×8 one of the biggest wideband codec users in North America and most certainly the biggest HD “pool” in the business VoIP arena.