While not yet officially listed on Orange’s HD voice website (www.orange.com/hdvoice), Kenya is joining the mobile HD voice club. Telkom Orange announced its new 21 Mbps HSPA+ data network along with a “range” of HD voice devices expected to be readily available in its stores across the country, according to IT News Africa.
A brief from Telecom Paper says the 3G+ service will initially be available in Nairobi, Mombasa, and Kisumu, with plans to open up service in other regions moving forward.
Since Orange hasn’t officially issued a press release touting HD voice service in Kenya or adding the country to its “HD Voice country availability” list, one can’t put the nation into the 100 percent HD voice list quite yet – but talking about HD voice devices during a new network rollout would suggest implementation is already under way, if not completed and in beta testing.
In the African and Middle East region, Kenya will join Egypt/Cairo, Mauritius, Reunion, and Uganda for offering mobile HD voice service via AMR-WB. HD voice was officially introduced by Orange Uganda in July 2011.