The GSMA (GSM Association) recognized France Telecom – nice someone did, since nearly all the media covering MWC media were frothing over Yet Another App/App Store — for its implementation of mobile HD voice.
France Telecom received the “Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough” in the course of the 15th Annual Global Mobile Awards during the presentation in Barcelona, Spain. Orange was feted for the world’s first HD mobile voice service in Moldova in September 2001, “the first significant evolution in mobile voice quality since the 1990’s.”
The paragraph award write-up goes on to tout the “new” AMR-WB codec as well as the quality of sound “likened to having the other party in the same room, providing clearer conversations and a feeling of proximity.”
Winners got a funky trophy and a “headline performance” by Duran Duran.
Other Mobile World Congress news of note:
France Telecom / Orange to blanket Europe with mobile HD voice
MWC: Orange to offer 8 mobile HD voice phones in 1H 2010; all by 2011.
MWC: Ericsson pumps HD voice in Barcelona
MWC: D2 Technologies adds HD voice to Android
GIPS releases iPhone video chat/HD voice package
WYDE Voice beefs up international sales
HD voice companies to look for at Mobile World Congress