In its latest mobile HD voice market report, the Global mobile Suppliers Association (www.gsacom.com) now counts 15 “commercial” HD voice networks in 14 countries. The report characterizes momentum for introducing HD voice as “growing.”
The first report released in mid-November cited 10 commercial HD voice networks operational in 9 countries. New countries listed in the February 2, 2011 “rev1” report include Canada, Croatia, Luxembourg, Hong Kong, and Italy. Orange Luxembourg and CSL Limited of Hong Kong (www.hkcsl.com) are listed as December turn-ups while Wind Mobile and TIM (Telecom Italia Mobile) came up in January and February, respectively.
In addition, there’s some additional food for thought in the “red” list of five (5) mobile operators who are either planning to launch or are trialing mobile HD voice service. Telstra, Orange Dominican Republic and Orange Switzerland are listed as “service launch target 2011.”
Orange Switzerland has been trialing HD voice for a while and parent FT had let slip that the Dominican Republic was on the “to do” list, so no big surprises there.
Telstra, the incumbent phone carrier in Australia, has been running a business hosted HD voice service for a while and is also said to be running HD voice internally with a “lot” of Polycom phones and devices. Still, the addition of mobile HD voice service is a welcome announcement.
For 3 in the UK, “HD voice will be activated in the network during 1H 2011.” Since 3 started doing demos for HD to the UK press back over a year ago – end of January 2010 – shortly after Orange said it was going to turn up mobile HD in the UK, the timing begs the question as to why 3 has taken so long to put out a date – and one rather vague, at that. Maybe Orange is starting to inflict some pain with its UK service.
TMN, a division of Portugal Telecom offering mobile service within the nation, is reportedly “trialing” the service. Parent Portugal Telecom also has operations in Brazil, China, and various countries in and around Africa.