ITEXPO: AudioCodes announces all-in-one multimedia home gateway, bundle with mobile software

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Los Angeles – AudioCodes (www.audiocodes.com) has announced an expansion of its product lines and markets in one fell swoop with the MediaPack 252 Multimedia Home Gateway. The device – picked up by at least one service provider – integrates an ADSL2+ router, an 802.11n WiFi access point and CAT-iq “compliant” DECT for HD voice […]

Ooma hedges again on HD voice: launch in “next few months” – but that’s not the real story

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According to a piece published yesterday in Enterprise VoIP Planet, Ooma (www.ooma.com) plans to launch an HD voice service “within the next few months.”  

Hello, hello? This is what the company’s been saying over the past year. And oh-by-the-way, it looks like the company has finished reshuffling its executive suite with a new […]

ooma "as good as a land line" – No, it's better.

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Editor’s note: ooma is a sponsor of this website

Ooma may want to chat with some of the radio stations conducting live reads for its recent on-air commercials.   At least one show host in the D.C. described the service as “good as a land line” — an undersell of a product (telo) that provides […]

From AstriCon: Rumors of AT&T running HD voice in San Antonio

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AT&T is doing something with HD voice in San Antonio, but details are relatively sparse.  Sources say that AT&T is doing an in-house trial, but have not clarified if this would be a consumer or business service.

If true, AT&T would join Verizon as the second/other major North American carrier working with HD Voice. […]

Consumer HD Voice Summit @ CES – What do you think?

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Some of the delay in posting news from last week’s HD Communications Summit in New York City is due to rapid-response work in terms of doing leg work for a Consumer HD Voice Summit at the 2010 International CES in Las Vegas in January.

We’re waiting to hear back from CES, but if you […]

IT EXPO – Ooma shows G.722/CAT-iq hardware

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Ooma was showing off its latest hardware at ITEXPO in Los Angeles last week.  Telo, ooma’s second generation handset hardware, is expected to hit store shelves at the beginning of October – just in time for the start of the holiday shopping season.  Ooma’s hardware is likely the most sophisticated consumer IP communications hardware […]

Snapshot – HD phones: Enterprise ready; Consumer coming

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Enterprise: Ready Consumer: Coming SMB: A few Mobile: Waiting

Vendors discussed/cited:  ADTRAN, AudioCodes, Avaya, Cisco, Gigaset (Siemens), ooma, Polycom, snom

Enterprise: Ready

You don’t have to try very hard to find G.722 support for enterprise-grade IP phones. All of the usual suspects have G.722 codecs in one or more of their handset lines.

Avaya […]

Orange embraces CAT-iq for HD

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Word out of the CableLabs conference is Franch Telecom has embraced the CableLabs CAT-iq handset standard for its HD Voice service going forward, making it the first non-cable company to get on board.

Previously, FT/Orange had been sourcing hardware from three vendors – Sagem, Thomson, and Siemens, with a DECT base station plugging into […]

July snapshot – HD Communication in North America – Consumer ITSPs

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Upstart embraces HD

2 providers queried/spoken to:  ooma, Vonage 1 provider to offer HD voice service 3Q09:  ooma 1 provider not currently planning to offer: Vonage

For Internet Telephone Service Providers (ITSPs), the consumer mass market is not a place for the faint of heart. Margins are slim, millions of customers are […]