NETGEAR has one HD voice product, more on the way

NETGEAR (www.netgear.com) has one service provider product supporting HD voice today and will likely make more announcements at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in January.

The EVG2000, released “6 to 8 months ago” is a GigE wireless voice gateway that supports 802.11n and DECT, including CAT-iq, said a NETGEAR spokesperson.  Under VoIP, the device supports G.722. 

Bob Burke, in charge of Service Provider Marketing at NETGEAR, said the first platform has been placed “in evaluation mode” both in Europe and Asia Pacific markets with cable and phone companies. 

Regrettably, Burke would not discuss which service providers were working with the device. 

NETGEAR would not discuss future product announcements – such as those that might be made at CES 2011 — but the wireless gateway clearly doesn’t have a NETGEAR DECT phone to complement it. 

Reviewing NETGEAR’s past history in rolling out hardware, HD Voice News believes the company will likely have multiple devices supporting wideband voice/HD voice in the form of G.722 at CES, including a “good/better” or “good/better/best” family of gateway devices and at least one aforementioned cordless DECT/CAT-iq phone to complement the gear.  

It is less clear if G.722 support will turn up in consumer products, but it would not be a big surprise if it happened to support Europe’s continued embrace of broadband wideband voice.

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