This is a (laborously cut and paste) summary of the afternoon “tweets” posted from the HD Communications Summit on September 15; the morning will be posted later (hopefully after I figure out an easier way to process the morning Twitter-ing).
Chris Fine, VP Goldman Sachs
- Lunch break over; Chris Fine of Goldman Sachs up to talk about HD Voice in the Enterprise
- Fine – IT guy focused on Unified Communication, HD tied into it.
- Fine – CIO survey for IT spending; a little (but upward) bar for IT spending. Grow, but “below-normal” historic pace\
- Fine – Key drivers for IT spending? ((Editorial view for financial industry) RISK REDUCTION, reveneu increase, cost reduction, productivity
- Fine has a bunch of scenarios (7! for HD voice Adopton in Enterprise. Top one is “inveitability” scenario for higher-fidelity sys
- Fine – Federation of UC can drive HD voice
- Fine – Key problem for communication tech: Feuding vendors – Vendors have opportunity to “Get this One RIght” — promot interop & standards!
- Fine – Market grow faster due to co-option
Josh Bottum, Director of Business Development, Cisco
- Next up – Josh Bottum, Cisco
- Bottum – Which segments/endpoints work? Biz? Consumer, Wireless?
- Bottum – Committment to HD to all price points, including entry-;evel, small biz/consumer
- Bottum – BPull for service providers drive HD = Increase market share, attach rate, ARPU…
- Bottum – look for “check box” for HD to drive demand
Mike Rude, Vice President, Business Development, DSPGroup
- Next up, Mike Rude, VP Biz Dev, DSPGroup
- Rude – chip sets in 4 Million HD Voice devices deployed worldwide to date; 70% use DSP Group silicon, all CAT-iq devices have DSPGroup
- Rude – DECT CAT-iq standardized HD Voice, low-cost, integrated data capability for handsets
- Rude – Services provider “excuses” for HD voice, include cost (want cheap hardware), codecs, uses G..722, interoperabiliyt
- Rude – CAT-iq deliver interoperability between handsets.
- Rude – Vtech, Thompson, Gigaset have CAT-iq certification.
The HD Value Chain Panel
- next up – HD Value Chain Panel, Moderator Michael Stanford, WireEvolution, speakers Michael Jablon, Time Warner, Tony Stankus, Gigaset &
- Mike Storella, snom
- Storella – Lot of marketing needs to be done for HD, intelligent buyers ask for HD
- Stankus – Every Gigaset phone has a SIP id.
- Jablon – Waiting for customer demand
- Storella – A lot of VARs are NOT mentioning HD. Still selling a biz phone, offering lowest price phone.
- (Sounds like Altiva at IT EXPO last week; HD comes up after customer is secured)
- Storella – Need to educate customer on best/long-term. Handset has 7-10 year lifespan.
- Jablon does a quick market survey; Would people pay $3 more per month for HD voice? Most attendees say yes.
- Stanford – Is Skype sticking with PSTN for money (settlement) reasons?
- Jabron – Long term, Skype probably not that model for termination fees.
- Stankus – Have to convince retailers that $100 for a phone is a good deal with DECT and HD. Uphill battle
- @aswath was a generic question, no paramaters set for the fee, just “HD”
- Jabron – Customers tell them they don’t want to buy more hardware.
- @aswatch You’d et HD; so QoS may be in, may not be in.. it wasn’t a scientific engineered survey
- Jabron – HD as a product and a service is quite complicated, having done a lot of research on it (CEP, noetwork). HARD PROBLEMS
- (which I think some of the NGN guys don’t get, FYI)
- Jabron – 3-5 years, 100% of MSO phone subscribers could be HD ready. Just put a phone on.
- Sudden spin into ISDN and SS7 peering. AARRRGQ!
HD Carrier Interconnection
- HD Carrier Interconnect panel setting up
- Moderator, Candice Malmstrom, FreedomVoice
- (now plug for HostedVoIp PBX, wrapping all phones into HD voip)
- Panelists, Kevin Groth Xconnect, Rodrigue Ullens, Voxbone, David Frankel ZipDX
- XConnect offers up HD Federation service/directory during panel
Alla Reznik, Director of Product Management, Global Advanced Voice Services, Verizon
- Alla Reznik, Director Product Mgmt, Verizon
- Reznik – “Verizon agrees with me ” that’s there’s a future in HD
- Reznick – One (Verizon) company already has adopted HD, mgrs “kind of costly, but it’s worth it. Have an island in HQ…
- Reznik – As immigrant to US, wants HD Voice, wants to understand them.
- Reznik – Enterprise customer above = VERIZON. Frustration is island. Biggest headache is peering arrangement, able to figure it out
- Reznick – Need FCC support/regulation.
- Reznik – Able to make money on add’l VoIP features such as UC. HD voice hopefully propel into more calls on IP, not on PSTN
- Reznik – Can figure out how to peer & interconnect. Wants blanket FCC ruling to treat VoIP as IP…
- Reznik – VoIP is treated as IP, so can interconnect as HD, get to point where can change for extra features, make monies there.
- Reznik – Customer pull for HD, early adopters today, GA in 2011. VZ Wireless looking at tech, “It’s interesting…” but enterprise want HD
Thomas Lemaire, Director Business Development, FT-Orange
- Thomas Lemaire, Director Biz development. France Telecom/Orange
- going through HD in Europe. HD voice, BT has close to half a million HD read subs, most aren’t active. T-mobile upgrades towards HD voice
- Lemaire – HD voice reality in Europe, growing ecosystem of chip setsl, players
- Lemaire – enjoy better quality call, even if non-VoIP, because baseline phone s better.
- Lemaire – Deployed in France, Spain (but not communicated that HD), and in Poland. UK, Belgium will be mobile rollouts
- Lemaire – Orange aligned CAT-iq 1.0 now, will roll out CAT-iq 2.0 and 3.0 phones in 3010.
- Lemaire – Expect standard for mobile to be AMR-WB, not “interoperable” for CAT-iq/G.722 Something needs to be addressed
- Lemaire – Need AMR-WB network, compatible devices, better acoustic (mic, speaker) equipment.
- Lemaire – Expect HD to help promote 3G data plans and services in some countries
- Sounds like transcoding between ARM-WB and G.722 (wireless and wireline) is going to be a biggger headache.
Julian Spitka, Product Manager and Senior Engineer, Skype
- Julian Spitka, Product mgr/engineer of Skype takes podium.
- Spitka going through codec tradeoffs
- ..rolling into a pitch for SILK…
- Spitka – Best case, should cover voice space with one (1) codec. Proposed IETF working group for wideband codec. Submitted codecs
- Spitka – SILK made available today
- Spitka – “No interest” in supporting G.722. “Quite a processs” to support SIP
- G.722 apparently falls apart w/o QoS
Mobile HD Voice Panel
- Mobile HD VoIP panel takes stage: David Blumenstein The Hatchery, Moderator
- Oops. panelist not feeling well, so Brough Turner, Dialogic up, Mahesh Makhijani, Qualcomm
- Turner – Raved in 1996 why IP PBX vendors weren’t supporting wideband.
- @Anatoli1 SILK is a nice codec but Skype should learn to open up.
- @mjgraves I suspect G.722 falls apart under the Skype peer-to-peer model.
- Qualcomm showing around a mobile HD phone demo (prototope) on Verizon network. Using endot end VoIP CDMA
- Yet another plug for CDMA (arrrg)
- *sigh* more CDMA vs GSM/LTE
- Logging out now, doing some pushups to prep for the HD Tipping points panel up next…