Wideband voices 2009 – 9 people talking about HD Voice that you need to listen to

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While perhaps not on your radar today, these are nine (9) people who are talking about and working with wideband on a regular basis – even if they don’t scream about HD on a daily basis. This list is sorted alphabetically by first name.

Adam “VoIPLoser” Uzelac, Director and Principal Network Architect – Converged Architecture Global Crossing

How can you NOT like someone who tweets and accepts email as “voiploser?”

More seriously, Uzelac and his compadres at Global Crossing have been doing all kinds of interesting things with VoIP and HD. Reading his blog and twitter posts provide clues as to what Global Crossing is up to and saves me the trouble of getting nosebleeds reading SIP and/or IETF documents.

Ari Rabban, CEO/co-founder, phone.com

In the fall, phone.com launched the first SMB hosted HD voice service in North America this fall and Rabban is investing time with the HD Connect posse’.

Sometimes mistaken for telecommunications lawyer/associate professor Jonathan Askin, Rabban does indeed have a law degree (Tel Aviv University); in addition, he has a MBA from Carnegie-Mellon University, and has a deep background in the VoIP space dating back to VocalTech Communications.

Dave Gilbert, President/CEO, SimpleSignal

Gilbert, a nice guy that needs a better PR agency, has also been promoting “coopetition” among hosted business VoIP providers through CTO meetings and is the other side of the relationship that set up the demonstration/announcement of an All-IP peering fabric in the fall, with SimpleSignal and Alteva able to seamlessly exchange HD voice and video calls between their respective networks.

David Erickson, President/CEO, WYDE Voice

Erickson is one of these guys who was plugging away at HD when HD wasn’t cool. More specifically, WYDE Voice came out with a pair of wideband audio conference appliances back in the spring of 2008.  The VM1000 and VM3000 so impressed an independent group of IP telephony writers I assembled back at the “Old” VON Magazine that they voted the pair of products as the top of the pack out of over 100 submissions.

In September 2009, WYDE Voice released its HD audio bridge technology as a software-only solution and added open APIs to make it easy to build apps with bridge and conference call functionality from any enterprise or web application.

If that’s not enough, you’ve probably used one of Erickson’s other companies — freeconferencecall.com — at some point.

Huw Rees, Vice President Business Development, 8×8 Inc.

Rees is the point man for 8×8’s federal government sales efforts, including a teaming arrangement with Level 3 to sell hosted IP telephony solutions to the U.S. government.  What does this mean for HD voice? Well, since 8×8 supplies the Aastra 6755i office phone for its hosting service and since 8×8 is in the process of rolling out Aastra’s G.722 Hi-Q wideband firmware upgrade, this means 1) 8×8 is going to end up sneaking HD into the federal government and 2) Regardless of what the feds think of HD at this point in time, 8×8 expects to have around 50,000 HD voice endpoints once its finishes rolling out the Aastra firmware upgrade.

With over 50,000 HD voice endpoints (and growing) – the largest island of G.722 in North America by a factor of around 10 – one might expect Huw and his boss CEO Brian Martin to be wooed at many a dinner in 2010.

Jim Machi, VP Marketing, Dialogic

Dialogic is very serious about incorporating HD voice technology into all of its products. Machi has been blogging like crazy about wideband of late and Dialogic will be making a bunch of announcements in 2010.  A lot of European wireless service providers want to transcode between HD (AMR-WB) and the PSTN and France Telecom wants to transcode between all of its HD flavors (G.722 and AMR-WB) and the PSTN.  Magic 8-ball says “Good” when asked “Dialogic’s business prospects in 2010?”

Michael Graves, Graves on SOHO VoIP

By day, an employee of PixelPower; by side/night, a pundit on telecommunications, VoIP, and HD Voice.  Graves is one of the low-key unsung heroes of HD putting out “how to” wideband voice tutorials through various mechanisms ranging from a simple Skype call to a la carte’ configurations with Junction Network’s OnSIP.  And let me not forget the phone and accessory reviews he squeezes in. Visit him at http://www.mgraves.org/voip/.

Michael Stanford, Consultant/Principle, Wi Revolution.

Stanford is a “frequent flier” in the HD voice world and isn’t afraid to mix it up when it comes to what should and shouldn’t be called HD/wideband. His resume includes founding two applications software companies, worked at Intel as Director of VoIP Strategy for the Digital Enterprise Group, and writing a guide to mobile connectivity chips with the Linley Group.  In his consulting practice, Stanford works with manufacturers and large customers who want to take advantage of all the fresh silicon going into mobile devices for applications such as FMC and HD voice.  Wi Revolution and its HD Voice Cookbook can be found at www.wirevolution.com.

Rich Buchanan, CMO, ooma

This fall, a wave of ooma “Talker” commercials saturated the radio airwaves. With ooma’s second-generation telo hardware supporting G.722 – wideband HD voice my friends.  Buchanan is the guy charged with stimulating demand for lots and lots of the phones across North America to consumers and, starting in 2010, the SOHO/SMB market.   By the end of the year, ooma should have a significant number of telo phones in the hands of North American peeps – maybe enough to get dinner invites like Huw Rees.

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