Thanks to Quentin PAGÈS for the tip
Bouygues Telecom is rolling out HD voice service on its 3G/3G+ (HSPA) network, joining Orange and SFR in France. The carrier plans to add support for wireline services in 2013.
Information is minimal, with a pair of smaller web sites reporting the news and no officially announcement from Bouygues.
BBox Forum is a website for users of Bouygues’ Internet service. According to the above-referenced post, mobile HD voice will be offered at standard terms – no additional cost to the subscriber, HD voice calls are on-net and a handset supporting AMR-WB phone is necessary; the iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung Galaxy Note II are listed.
In 2013, HD voice service is expected to be extend to landlines, followed by connectivity “among all operators” – presumably France Telecom and SFR.
Bouygues is the third mobile operator out of four in France to introduce HD voice. IPX (IP Exchange) and/or SIP peering between mobile operators is starting to become a much more pressing issue as customers will start to demand seamless HD voice calls no matter who they call.