Apologizes to readers, but between various personal commitments and IT EXPO West, it’s been a rather hectic summer. I’m hoping to put up news bits from IT EXPO West this evening or tomorrow-ish.
It looks like I’m going to get a hands-on look at the MOCET Communicator Apple iPad handset dock later this month. I’m looking forward to putting it through its paces as it looks to be more physically integrated with tablet form factor than the Invoxia devices – and more affordable.
Next month, TIA comes to town for its conference,so I’m also planning a run to the Gaylord.
Spirent Communications (www.spirent.com) has integrated its field-based Nomad HD testing solution with its CS8 Mobile Device Tester and 8100 Mobile Device Test System to assess VoLTE call performance and voice quality in the lab. The move provides a common measurement solution for both VoLTE live networks and lab work.
Carriers can now use use the same voice quality measurements systems in both environments – live networks and lab – to ensure subscriber satisfaction with VoLTE services. The integrated test solution is backed by “years” of voice quality measurement in live networks from Metrico, a company acquired by Spirent last year.
The latest Spirent solution presents a unique, single-platform approach to measuring VoLTE and HD Voice quality (including latency and jitter), call setup time, call initiation rates, and call drop rates, according to the press release. The CS8 Mobile Device Tester and the 8011 Mobile Device Test Solution provide solutions for testing mobile devices under lab conditions. After deployment, they can be used to troubleshoot field issues using identical measurement systems and KPIs in lab and in live networks.
Doctor Doom now has HD voice. OK, there’s no Doctor Doom, but Bite Latvia has introduced HD voice in the country, joining a rollout a few weeks ago in Lithuania a few weeks ago.
Bite Latvia, part of the BITĖ Group, is Latvia’s third largest mobile operator with a market share of 18 percent of subscribers as of June 2013.
HD voice is now available on Bite Latvia’s 3G network, with calls currently limited to supported devices within the carrier’s network.
The BITĖ Group is composed of Bite Latvia and Bite Lithuania, so it is likely the two carriers will be exchanging HD voice calls in the future.
First, Lithuania, now Ukraine. Will Latvia be next? Ukraine carrier Kyivstar is the first in the country to deliver HD voice.
Kyivstar currently offers the service in the Kiev region, Crimea, Chernovsy and “some areas of Kiev,” according to a translated press release.
The introduction of HD voice into Ukraine only foreshadows the approaching coming day when HD voice will be available across all countries in Europe.
Lithuania now has HD voice service through Bitė Lietuva.
Coverage is throughout Bitė’s 3G network within the country. Other details were unavailable.
The announcement should taken as an indicator that nearly all countries in Europe are on the path to having HD voice service available through one or more carriers. Now the question becomes when Europe will have HD from voice“coast to coast” without narrowband areas.
Vodafone has switched on HD voice on its entire UMTS network in Germany, according to a report in AreaMobile.
Confirmation comes from a Vodafone spokesperson, with the service available since July 1 and now running “stable” today.
Vodafone lists 46 HD voice-enabled devices, including the Apple iPhone 5;Blackberry Q10 and Z10; several models of HTC, Huawei, LG phones; the Motorola RAZR; nearly ever Nokia phone known to man, including the Lumina series; and various Samsung and Sony models. The new HTC one and HTC one Mini are HD voice capable, but require software upgrades.
In April, AreaMobile reported HD voice would be a part of Vodafone’s upgrade on its UMTS network.
Germany has two carriers offering HD voice service. Deutsche Telekom has offered HD voice since November 2011.
Zenitel (www.zenitel.com) has introduced the TKIS-2 Intercom Module Kit, a SIP intercom device that supports HD voice.
From an HD voice standpoint, the device supports G.722 and is designed for indoor and outdoor applications, with suggested uses including a parking communications solution for vehicle entry, exit gates, pay-on-foot machines and emergency help points in a parking garage.
Other features of the TKIS-2 include active noise cancellation, automatic volume adjustment, electret microphone support, and 10 W Class D amplifier.
The latest version of the invoxia Audioffice phone dock/conference device is now available. It features a new universal connector for connecting iPhone 4 and 5 devices, as well as Android devices.
Audioffice has six speakers and four microphones, using a Cortex A8 processor for audio tasks. It features the company’s “inVivo Acoustic” technology to deliver a spatial audio experience. An app and connector provide a link between a phone or table and the Audiooffice.
The updated version has a new passive radiator to increase performance of bass sounds during conference calls and for music playback. Connections can be made via the universal connector for Apple devices or micro-USB port. Support for Bluetooth is also provided along with three cables – a 30 point USB cable, a “Lightning” cable for newer Apple iOS devices, and a micro USB cable.
List price on the new Audioffice is $299 U.S. or 299 Euros including VAT.
Some T-Mobile customers in Puerto Rico are apparently making HD voice calls, according to a July 18, 2013 piece in Esmandau.com.
The piece offers a tutorial on the different types of cellular technology supporting HD voice and the headaches involved in actually getting a call to go through.
Author Joshua Merced says he feels he’s been able to make several HD voice calls on the T-Mobile network between iPhone 5 handsets. However, cellular carriers on the island – AT&T, Claro, Open Mobile, T-Mobile — have not been clear on their plans for deploying HD voice.
At its WWDC 2013 conference in June, Apple announced it is releasing FaceTime Audio later this year. The audio-only version of FaceTime will likely be a “full” HD voice client given its use of the Fraunhofer AAC codec family.
Versions of FaceTime Audio will be available for Apple iOS 7 and OS X “Mavericks” when they are released.
The AAC codecs can sample between 8 kHz to 96 kHz, with support for up to 48 channels. Fraunhofer has promoted AAC-ELD-based codecs a “full HD voice” solution delivering CD quality streaming audio with four times the audio spectrum of today’s narrowband calls and twice that of “HD voice” calls, while running at bitrates comparable to G.722.