A new report out of the Global mobile Supplies Association (GSA) says 40 percent of the countries in the European Union have commercially launched mobile HD voice service or are engaged in trials and test ahead of planned introduction. HD Voice News Editor-in-Chief Doug Mohney predicted this in May in “Mobile HD Voice Snowballs in Europe.”
The June 3, 2011, “Mobile HD Voice: Global Update” report also says operators are turning up HD voice “far beyond Europe” with service launched on 20 mobile networks in 18 countries and territories, including: Armenia, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Egypt, France, Hong Kong, India, Italy, La Réunion, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Spain, Turkey, and the UK.
Trials and announced network deployments ahead of “planned commercial introduction” are cited to be progressing in Australia, Austria, the Dominican Republic, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Switzerland, UAE and the USA.
Currently, GSA says there are a total of 33 HD Voice-capable (i.e. supporting AMR-WB) available from manufacturers such as Alcatel, HTC, LG, Nokia, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson, with many shipping with AMR-WB turned on as default.