Ibasis announces IPX interconnect between Poland and The Netherlands

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KPN subsidiary iBasis this week announced an HD voice interconnection between Poland mobile operator P4 and KPN in the Netherlands.  Subscribers of PLAY, the P4 mobile brand, and KPN mobile can now directly make end-to-end mobile HD voice to each other across their respective networks.

The two carriers use iBasis’s IPX service, Premium Voice [...]

Hong Kong Telecom (HKT) launches VoLTE

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On May 15, Hong Kong Telecom (HKT)announced the launch of Voice over LTE (VoLTE) service, marking the third VoLTE announcement within a week.

HKT is supporting the Samsung Note 3 for VoLTE customers.   Huawei is featured as the core network vendor in the VoLTE rollout. 

Consumers Digest brief on AT&T HD voice launch

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Consumers Digest ran a piece on May 16 discussing AT&T’s HD voice launch–

http://www.consumersdigest.com/news/despite-tech-hurdles-att-will-launch-hd-voice-service

You’ll note HD Voice News predicts all carriers will be running HD Voice networks by mid-2015 with interconnectivity not happening until 2016.  The fuller answer given to Consumers Digest ran to about a page or so of complexity and explains. [...]

NTT DoCoMo launching HD voice, VoLTE in June

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Japan’s largest mobile operator said it plans to launch Voice over LTE (VoLTE) in late June.  Callers will be able to make HD voice calls simultaneously with a data connection, according to reports.

Four smart phones and two tablets offered by the carrier will  be able to conduct VoLTE calls after a software [...]

Editorial: AT&T officially announced HD voice support via VoLTE

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I’m currently working through a couple of pieces for publication over at TMCnet on the official (press release, not rumored, not CTO-dropping buzzwords and vague dates) AT&T announcement for HD voice support in limited markets.

Consumers Digest is working on an HD voice piece.  I feel sorry for the reporter, because he asked about [...]

Fierce Wireless: Verizon will have VoLTE, HD voice in 2014

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Verizon Wireless says it will have VoLTE with HD voice via AMR-WB this year, according to a piece in FierceWireless Tech.

Multiple sources are cited, including a statement by a Verizon Wireless spokesperson saying VoLTE will come out sometime in 2014 and a research note by Credit Suisse predicting VoLTE will be introduced [...]

Engadget: AT&T to launch VoLTE in Chicago, Minneapolis this month

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AT&T is going to roll out VoLTE in Chicago and Minneapolis by the end of May, according to a report by Engadget.  If correct, AT&T will beat Verizon out of the gate for the first U.S. VoLTE HD voice deployment.

MetroPCS deployed a non-standard version of VoLTE in 2012, going with a narrowband [...]

Vodafone New Zealand boasts 400,000 HD voice customers

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This week, Vodafone New Zealand announced it had more than 400,000 customers that had “access” to HD voice service on its network – assuming HD voice capable phones. 

Vodafone launched HD voice service in New Zealand in November 2013 and now boasts it has 21 HD-voice capable devices in its portfolio.

New York Times piece on mobile HD voice and call quality

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The New York Times published a piece on HD voice coming to the U.S. market via Sprint and T-Mobile.

“With HD Voice, Better Call Quality Is Coming. Text Your Friends” does a good job of capturing the painful history of cellular carriers delivering HD voice in the U.S.

The two most revealing [...]

Estonia gets/tests mobile HD voice

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Estonia mobile operator has started testing and/or has implemented HD voice, according to a report by Telecompaper.   There’s a statement that HD voice is “already available” for both 3G postpaid and prepaid subscribers, with a “full launch” expected in a month.

EMT is not currently providing HD voice on its LTE network.