According to news reports out of India, Tata DOCOMO 3G will support HD voice service when it turns up on November 5 across the country in nine telecommunications zones (“circles”).
The Tata DOCOMO 3G rollout is a HSPA+ 3G network – or a “3G+” network in FT/Orange terms — supporting speeds up to 21 Mbps as well as HD voice. Subscribers will get a 7 day trial of services to all of its subscribers.
Beyond that there’s little details, but since it is a GSM network and supports the usual suspects of handsets, HD Voice News is willing to assume that AMR-WB is the HD voice codec being supported through select models of Nokia and Sony Ericsson phones at this point in time, with other models and brands to be introduced in the future.
Will other Indian 3G providers also support HD voice? Aircel and Bharti Airtel are targeting their 3G launches by the end of the year, while Reliance Communications (RCom) has discussed launching between the end of this year and the first quarter of 2010. Vodafone Essar is expected to launch its 3G offering in the first quarter of 2011 and since it has Ericsson on the back-end, there’s no doubt that AMR-WB and HD voice will be part of the service offerings.
One local telecommunications commentator was bemoaning the fact it had taken over 9 years to deploy 3G in India. HD Voice News would like to point out India is getting carrier-based mobile HD voice service before the United States.