Lithuania gets fixed-line HD voice for business subscribers

TEO, a largely owned subsidiary of TeliaSonera in Lithuania, is introducing business HD voice service to its customers.

A press release from the company says it is the first in the country’s fixed-line operators to offer HD voice services.  Its product people predict the service would become “extremely popular” among call centers and other companies providing customer service via phone.

TEO is one of the ten fixed-line operators in the European Union to offer HD voice calls, according to the release.

In July, Bite Lithuania launched mobile HD voice service.

Telecom Italia Sparkle announces LTE roaming/peering deal with Brazil

TIM Brazil and Telecom Italia Sparkle have have signed an LTE roaming deal, the first between Brazil and Italy, as well as between South American and Europe.

Roaming is expected to be available in 2014, according to Telecom Italia Sparkle’s press release, using Sparkle’s IPX service to enable LTE customers of the respective carriers to roam between the two countries.

TIM Brazil is the fastest growing operator in Brazil, with more than 72.6 million clients and over 27 percent market share.

Earlier this year, Telecom Italia Sparkle laid claim to the world’s first LTE roaming/peering agreement with Tata Communications usingSparkle’s IPX network.

Reliance gets approval for VoLTE in India

Reliance Jio has obtained approval for VoLTE service on its 4G network, according to a report in Crazy Engineers.

Testing of LTE service is currently taking place with a limited number of uses spread across Mumbai,Jamnagar and Delhi, with service expected to be first launched in Assam. No indications on when VoLTE service would be made available on a production basis.

TDC gets int’l voice, termination, future HD voice peering from iBasis

TDC, the leading telecommunications company in Denmark, has renewed an outsourcing agreement with iBasis, with an “explore” clause for mobile services including HD voice.

Terms of the three year agreement make iBasis the primary provider of international voice services and preferred provider for terminating voice services with the Nordic countries for TDC.   In addition, an iBasis press release says the companies will “explore new service innovations in mobile data and LTE.”

“We have enjoyed a very strong and mutually beneficial relationship with TDC, and we look forward to further collaboration on a multi-service level, encompassing mobile messaging, signaling, HD voice and LTE Roaming,” said Willem Offerhaus, president and CEO of iBasis.

TDC turned on HD voice in Denmark in September 2011.  IBasis has an IPX deal in place with Telesonera, the dominant carrier of Sweden and Finland, a link into the Dutch IPX exchange run by KPN Wholesale, and several other announced IPX deals.

The open question at this point is how soon will HD voice exchange services get turned up. Judging by the wording of the release, it isn’t on a fast track.

Tata, PCCW announce IPX interop pact

Tata Communications and PCCW Global have signed an agreement to interconnect their IPX communities. The move will enable seamless HD voice and video connectivity when fully implemented. It also “further expands the global community of interconnected mobile network operators,” according to a Tata press release.

The release goes on to cite Tata’s MPLS network strengths and PCCW Global’s ability to provide IPX and VoIPX to over 130 countries. Other features enabled by the IPX agreement include LTE roaming over IPX, along with messaging and video.

Telenor Serbia rolls out HD voice; parent promotion follows

Telenor has rolled out HD voice in its Serbia subsidiary.  Telenor Srbija  now provides HD voice across both GSM and 3G networks free of charge in its “Smart Network.”

The announcement came in a September 16 press release on Telenor’s website. Phones listed in Telenor’s portfolio supporting HD voice include the HTC Desire X, HTC One, Nokia Lumia 920, 820, 620, Nokia Pure View 808 and Sony Xperia E. As is typical, both callers need to be “on net” at this time.

“HD Voice service is another in the series of continuous improvements within Smart Network. We have constantly been engaged in activities aiming to increase capacity and signal coverage, as well as introduction of new capabilities improving user experience. With HD Voice service, subscribers can experience crystal clear and distinct sound during conversations and thus enjoy great potential of smart devices and mobile communication enabled by Smart Network wherever they are,” Telenor Chief Technical Officer Ingeborg Ofsthus said.

Parent Telenor discussed HD voice in detail on its website. “HD Voice – a revolution in voice communication” cites rollouts in Montenegro and Norway, with a senior Telenor official conducting a demonstration in a video clip at the end of the piece. The piece fails to mention the HD rollout by its dtac subsidiary in Thailand last year (November 2012), while Norway turned up HD voice in March 2013 and in Montenegro in June 2013.

NXP Software and ZTE announce LifeVibes/Qualcomm phone deal

NXP Software has announced ZTE will incorporate LifeVibes VoiceExperience software into its Qualcomm-based phones.  The agreement comes as a part of both company’s participation in Qualcomm’s Hexagon Access Program.

LifeVibes VoiceExperience delivers HD Voice “quality of speech” along with noise suppression, echo cancellation and “ensures intelligibility” in noisy environments.  ZTE says use of VoiceExperience will “help us easily meet operator requirements while also lowering our overall BoM cost.”

Reading between the lines, more carriers are demanding better voice quality from handsets as they deploy HD voice.  ZTE appears to be leveraging processing capabilities on the Qualcomm chipset to do on-device voice processing without adding third-party processors.

Editorial–Playing catchup

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.

 

– Doug

Spirent integrates VoLTE HD voice testing among products

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.

Bite rolls out HD voice in Latvia

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.