Thanks to Ericsson for the pointer
A1 Telekom Austria – Telekom Austria’s mobile service for the country — is rolling out HD voice service in Vienna in July, with the rest of the country to follow in September. At last count, A1 has 5 million mobile customers.
The news came in a press release on February 11. A1 is delivering HD voice via AMR-WB over its 3G+/HSPA network. Subscribers will get to make HD voice calls for free across the network.
Current A1 phones supporting HD voice include the HTC Desire HD, the Nokia C7-00, Nokia 5230, Nokia N8-00, the Samsung Omnia 7 and the Sony Ericsson SEMC X10 mini pro and X8.
For watchers of the HD voice scene, this announcement should not be a shock. In early October 2011, Telekom Austria subsidiary Vipnet started rolled out mobile HD voice service in Croatia. Parent Telekom Austria Group (TAG) has eight operating countries in total, including: Mobiltel in Bulgaria, Velcom in Belarus, Si.mobil in Slovenia, Vip mobile in the Republic of Serbia, vip operator in the Republic of Macedonia and mobilkom liechtenstein in Liechtenstein.
Rollout of mobile HD voice service to other TAG operating countries should be dependent upon if they have the latest and greatest 3G/HSPA+ networks and the parent’s ability to put engineers and marketing on introducing the service; it would not be an unreasonable assumption to suggest one or two other TAG countries will get HD voice announcements in 2011 and into 2012.