HD Voice Summit at the 2010 CES – Wed, Jan. 6

The “i”s have been dotted, the “t”s have been crossed and inspected by a lawyer, so the HD Voice Summit at the 2010 CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is on.

The afternoon event (Note: Not full day) is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 from 1 PM to 5:30 PM at the Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall N256.   Information and registration will be available on the CES website shortly.

Doug Mohney should be getting in touch with the current list of speakers around the week of October 19 to update everyone with the latest information on panel times, presentation expectations (i.e. if you use PowerPoint, keep it short), and other details. (He’d do it sooner, but there’s the whole AstriCon thing going on).

Please note– We do have some panel slots open for speakers. Please contact Doug Mohney directly via email at moo@vegascommando.com.   Panelists should be relevant to the topic points of the day: 1) HD voice and 2) Consumer market.

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HD Voice Summit at the 2010 CES: Communicating the Future

Wednesday, January 6, 2010    LVCC, North Hall N256

The HD Voice Summit at the 2010 International CES leaps into the future of voice communications – high definition (HD).  Carriers around the world are starting to offer phone calls with FM-quality sound through both broadband and mobile services; France Telecom already has over half a million HD voice users! Sessions include state-of-the-industry updates and a candid look at the promises and challenges of moving from 1937-era sound to 21st century quality.

Topics Include:

  • HD Voice Today – Deployments around the world
  • HD Voice – Handsets in the Home
  • Mobile HD Voice – Services and Handsets
  • HD Voice Applications
  • Accelerating HD Voice Demand

Defining HD Voice

1-1:30 PM       Wednesday, January 6, 2010    LVCC, North Hall N256

What makes HD Voice so much better than a regular phone call?  Since the technical specs for a phone call haven’t changed since 1937, there’s a lot of room for improvements across the board, including on the handset – wired or mobile – processing techniques, and within the network.

HD Voice – Deployments Around the World

1:30-2:15 PM Wednesday, January 6, 2010    LVCC, North Hall N256

Europe has lead deployment of consumer HD Voice services, but independent service providers in North America are leaping in to the fray. France Telecom started deployment of HD on broadband in 2006 and now has over 500,000 users; the carrier has also rolled out the world’s first Mobile HD network

HD Voice – Handsets in the Home

2:15 -2:45 PM             Wednesday, January 6, 2010    LVCC, North Hall N256

A number of handset manufacturers already offer HD voice “ready” products, with most sales occurring in Europe.  Vendors offer their perspectives for growth across the globe, the challenges in getting a high-end handset into mass market channels and their expectations for growth over the next three years.

HD Voice on Broadband

2:45-3:15 PM Wednesday, January 6, 2010    LVCC, North Hall N256

Carriers discuss the promise and perils in offering a consumer HD service.  Will HD be a no-charge offering to enhance customer retention or a value-added service to increase revenue? What do you do once everyone offers HD?

3:15-3:30 PM – Break

Mobile HD Voice – Services and Handsets

3:30-4:15 PM Wednesday, January 6, 2010    LVCC, North Hall N256

Europe has been the first region to deploy HD voice services and demonstrations of HD have been conducted on HSPA, CDMA and LTE, but challenges exist in ensuring call quality between mobile HD and wireline HD worlds. Will software and Moore’s Law save us again?

HD Voice Applications

4:15- 4:45 PM             Wednesday, January 6, 2010    LVCC, North Hall N256

Over two billion (yes, 2 billion) HD voice minutes per month are moving through Second Life. Gaming would appear to be the first “killer app” for HD, with family connections shortly behind.  A discussion of the benefits HD can provide in areas as diverse as health care, customer service, and emergency response.

Accelerating HD Voice Demand

4:45 – 5:15 PM            Wednesday, January 6, 2010    LVCC, North Hall N256

HD is happening, but handset manufacturers and independent service providers want it to happen faster and in more places around the globe.  A discussion of the challenges for accelerating HD voice adoption around the globe regardless of the network involved.

Wrap-up/Where do we go from Here?

5:15 – 5:30 PM            Wednesday, January 6, 2010    LVCC, North Hall N256

Summarizing the key topics and issues of the day’s presentations, this panel will look at the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to making HD Voice available everywhere, on every consumer handset and mobile device.

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