HD Voice Services Now In 71 Countries

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A total number of 100 mobile operators have jointly launched HD voice services  in 71 countries.

According to a report by GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association), 89 operators provide commercial HD voice services on 3G/HSPA network, while 6 are GSM and HSPA network operators. Five operators including are providing 2 GSM and 3 LTE (using VoLTE) are also in the league.

Eight operators activated HD voice service so far in 2014, with mobile users being introduced for the first time to HD voice calling this month in Morocco, Oman and Sweden. The number of mobile operators offering HD voice is over 31% higher than a year ago,  said in a report.

According to the association, the service that was launched in 2009 is now available in Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritius, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Réunion, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, Uganda, UK, Ukraine, and the USA.

22 countries have at least two mobile HD voice operators. Interconnection between competing networks for end-to-end HD voice calling, as well as international roaming for HD calls, are priorities for 2014.

Mobile HD voice uses Adaptive Multi Rate Wideband (W-AMR) technology, enabling high-quality voice calls in supporting mobile networks and an improved user experience for calls between mobile phones supporting the feature.

Wahengbam Rorrkychand

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