XConnect is announcing a four-company initiative to promote HD
voice adoption among U.K
. service providers. This follows on the news
they announced at TMC's ITEXPO
where XConnect announced the world's first HD voice peering federation, in the U.S., with the goal of incrasing global HD voice uptake.
In summary, XConnect
is announcing that it is joining with Polycom
to launch an educational and marketing campaign to reach U.K
. operators. Secondly, XConnect
is opening its HD
voice peering federation to service providers globally and announcing initial U.K
. participants. This expansion will broaden the delivery of HD
voice traffic across networks, and continents.
Full news announcement going out tomorrow: HD Voice Peering Federation Extended to Include U.K. Participants XConnect
, the leader in next-generation interconnection and carrier ENUM-registry
services, today announced an initiative with leading technology companies Polycom
to promote the adoption of high-definition (HD
) voice by service providers in the United Kingdom.
The initiative was launched in response to U.K
. service providers' interest in HD
voice services, reflected in discussion during a recent Internet Telephony Service Providers Association (ITSPA)
meeting. Through workshops and cooperative communication and marketing, the HD
initiative is designed to raise awareness and educate service providers about the benefits of HD
voice and help them resolve implementation challenges.
The companies joining XConnect
in the initiative are market leaders in their sectors of the HD
voice ecosystem. Polycom
set an early stake in the ground through its SoundStation
conference phones and SoundPoint
® desktop phones featuring Polycom HD
Voice™ technology. BroadSoft
is the leading global provider of IP-based
communications services to the telecommunications industry. Dialogic
is a prominent provider of multimedia and signaling technologies and platforms.
As part of the initiative, XConnect
announced that the XConnect
Voice Federation is now open to HD
voice-enabled service providers globally, following its successful launch in the United States.
First to join from the U.K
. are service providers Simwood
The federation enables the exchange of HD
voice calls among all participants, all interconnecting through XConnect's
carrier hub and routing through phone-number lookups via its carrier ENUM
voice enables users to experience clearer, higher-quality and more effective voice communication through the use of wideband codecs
networks. However, in most cases, to benefit from improved sound quality, callers must be on the same network. XConnect
has established the HD
federation to allow cross-network support for HD
voice and potentially for multimedia IP-based
services, such as presence and video.
. is ripe for HD
voice due to increasing migration to IP
and the quest among service providers to differentiate their offerings and deliver greater value to their customers," said XConnect
CEO Eli Katz.
He added, "We are delighted to have facilitated the world's first cross-network international HD
voice calls via a federation - a step that paves the way for global mass-market adoption of HD
Explaining why his company has joined the HD
CEO Martin Sims said: "We realise
that to compete effectively where broadband is a given, we have to move ahead of the pack. In a business market where many different languages and accents are the norm, high-definition voice will help us add value to our services."
For more information on HD
voice, please visit www.xconnect.net/hd