Thanks to Claude Gravel of VoiceAge for the heads-up.
Orange Moldova has launched the first mobile HD voice service and it is being billed as Orange’s “second step” in its HD voice strategy, following its launch of HD VoIP service in 2006; over half a million HD voice handsets have already been sold in France and the service will be extended to other Orange countries over the coming months.
The handset supporting HD voice is the Nokia 6720C and it supports the AMR-WB codec. The CEO of Orange Moldovia cites the high quality of the country’s 3G network — offering coverage of 63 percent of the population and recently upgraded to support speeds of 14.4 Mbps — as one of the reasons why Orange launched the new service in Moldovia. Currently, Orange has a customer base of over 1.7 million customers.
Orange expects to introduce mobile HD voice services to the UK and Belgium markets by the end of 2010 and believes that HD handsets will represent “the majority” of 3G handsets sold within 5 years. At the same time, Orange will continue to roll out HD VoIP in other European markets such as Poland and Spain.