Verizon expands VoIP to Asia; finally enables “select” HD voice and video interop via VIPER


Verizon Business has expanded its VoIP solution to the Asia-Pacific region through its global network. The company has also finally added inter-company HD voice and video (i.e. SIP interop) for “select” VoIP customers that use Verizon’s opt-in VIPER IP-to-IP routing feature to skip out on per minute domestic and international charges on calls.

“Verizon […]

Editorial: As goes Verizon Wireless, so does HD voice?


As Verizon Wireless ( showed off Voice over LTE (basically wireless VoIP done to nit-picky old-school telephony standards) at Mobile World Congress today, it threw in a kicker – HD voice.  VoLTE is rolling out on Verizon’s network in 2012, and when it does AMR-WB will be part and parcel of calls made when […]

Verizon VIPER looking at HD voice support by end of year


Verizon Business ( introduction of VoIP Enterprise Routing – VIPER, not to be confused with Cisco’s VIPR – means no-toll domestic or international per-minute charges when calls are made between two Verizon VoIP customers in either the U.S. or Europe who are signed up for the feature.  Yes, it’s an all-SIP, no PSTN service […]

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


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. […]

HD Voice Snapshot – Business hosted VoIP providers


Lots of islands, with continents to come

5 providers queried/interviewed:  8×8/Packet 8, Alteva, Cablevision/Optimum Lightpath, Whaleback Systems, Verizon Business

Many hosted business VoIP providers currently offer HD voice as an “upsell”/advanced feature to businesses and charge extra for it, but this is likely to change because HD-capable handsets are becoming more affordable and prolific, […]

Verizon in HD Voice – Ivan has it


Verizon has revealed more details to its internal HD voice deployment.  The company’s Basking Ridge, NJ headquarters campus has almost 5,000 users with Polycom HD phones — including Chairman/CEO Ivan Seidenberg.

The deployment started around a year ago, with executives and conference rooms getting the first wave of phones, followed by deployment to all […]

Afternoon Tweets from the HD Communications Summit/HD Comm '09, September 15, 2009, New World Stages, New York, New York


This is a (laborously cut and paste) summary of the afternoon “tweets” posted from the HD Communications Summit on September 15; the morning will be posted later (hopefully after I figure out an easier way to process the morning Twitter-ing).

Chris Fine, VP Goldman Sachs

Lunch break over; Chris Fine of Goldman Sachs […]

Are the "Original Gangsters" of NGN missing the HD boat?


Without naming names, a number of all-IP service providers who have heartily embraced the Next Generation Network model seem to be blaise-faire on HD Communications and HD voice.  Are they doing so at their own risk?

A casual attitude to providing high-quality voice is all the more shocking given North America cable interest/intent to […]