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.
Last week, the New York Times discussed cellular quality in its Personal Tech section. HD voice and HD voice interoperability were among the topics.
“Remedies for Better Cellphone Signal and Quality” discusses how to get better quality cellular reception through the use of microcells, signal boosters, and Wi-Fi; sound quality including HD voice and HD voice intercarrier calls; and the best way to get a cell call — forwarded to a landline.
The article is at - http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/27/technology/personaltech/remedies-to-enhance-cellphone-signal-and-sound-quality.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
KPN subsidiary iBase has announced a pair of IPX deals with Chunghwa Telecom of Taiwan and TeliaSonera, the dominant carrier of Sweden and Finland. The former deal features HD voice while the latter one emphasizes a larger LTE roaming network.
Chunghwa Telecom(CLP) is the leading telecom carrier in Taiwan. HD voice will be the first IPX-based service Chunghwa will launch, according to the iBasis press release. Transcoding between wideband codecs, as well as wideband and narrowband codecs, will be supported. CLP launched HD voice on its 3G network in February 2013.
LTE will be launched in Taiwan in 2014, with the two companies supporting Voice over LTE (VoLTE) over IPX
TeliaSonera’s LTE Roaming peering agreement with iBasis will ensure interoperability and a constant user experience for roaming LTE subscribers. The two are interconnecting Diameter signaling and data hubs to enable LTE roaming, as well as migrate all legacy services to the IPX interconnect.
In February 2013, TeliaSonera introduced LTE roaming. Its IPX network with 200+ POPs was launched in May 2013. The company turned HD voice on its Chess subsidiary in Norway last month.
Magyar Telekom (MTel), T-Mobile’s Hungary subsidiary, has officially launched HD voice in Hungary.
MTel is the first carrier in Hungary to introduce HD voice and appears to support HD voice both on its 3G and 4G LTE networks with a supported phone; it isn’t clear if the carrier is rolling out VoLTE or the HD voice service simply falls back to the 3G network.
Handsets supported include the iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, Nokia Lumina 820 and 920.
In the press release, Deutsche Telekom says it provides HD voice in Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania, and the United States via T-Mobile USA.
The crew at iTweakiOS has released a hacked version of iOS for Apple iPhones on the AT&T network, supporting HD voice today on the 4S and 5 on the AT&T network. It suggests AT&T will be supporting HD voice across all of its cellular network, not just the LTE portion.
A few weeks ago, iTweakiOS released a hacked version of iOS for devices on T-Mobile’s network adding HD voice support to the Apple iPhone 4 and 4S.
Release notes for the hack include the following; “AT&T is also currently in the process of enabling AMR-WB (AMR 13) which is the codec that enables HD Voice so you may not recieve [sic] HD Voice in every area but is set for public release sometime this year.” This implies that AT&T will be turning up HD voice both on its 3G/HSPA network as well as delivering HD voice via Voice over LTE (VoLTE) sometime by the end of the year.