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You’ll find three (3) pieces about HD voice from AstriCon over at the HD Connect Now website (www.hdconnectnow.org)–

Bottom line: You have to look REALLY hard to find a VoIP handset that doesn’t have support for the G.722 wideband codec these days.  Even Cisco’s $130 cheap-end VoIP phone has G.722 built in… and yes, I’m sure people are going to start nit-picking about mic quality, speaker quality, does the gear really sample at 16 KHz, etc… we’ll see.

Also very interesting that AT&T is quietly trialing HD voice in its back yard. No details yet on exactly what is going on; I’m hoping the company will be as forthcoming as Verizon Business, but then again, AT&T never rolled out Casabi after playing with it nearly a decade ago..

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Someone stumbled across Comcast’s quiet rollout of “HomePoint” service in Florida at the end of last week, but the cable company is making up for a soft rollout with a launch of a marketing campaign in Denver today (Monday, October 12).  Comcast plans to roll out the service to other markets in the months to come.

Most wonks looking at this seem to be going ga-ga at the simple expedient of deploying a combination of router and cable modem — can we say “yawn” here? — and missing the point that the HomePoint phone runs DECT 6.0 and has the Casabi service embedded in it.

Casabi is a client/server technology that puts a SIP client with a “lite” web browser directly on the phone so you can do very simple things like download ticker updates on things like news, sports, and the weather straight to the phone, as well as read email and do other interesting tricks.

A Comcast spokesperson said HomePoint would support SMS text messaging down the road, so a home user could get texted; the feature isn’t currently available.

Interestingly, Thomson previously said it was planning to roll out “Advanced Cable Gateway” to Comcast in the third quarter of this year.

Does this gear support HD Voice? Welll, the ACG supports DECT 6.0, but there’s no explicit naming of CAT-iq. Nor is there any reference to G.722 codec support.  At this point, it is not clear if HD voice will be embedded in the second generation of ACGs Thomson is working on and/or if HD voice will be available through existing hardware as a firmware upgrade to the ACG and handsets.   Comcast is being nice enough to look into some HD-specific questions I lobbed onto them today, so stay tuned.

Live coverage of the HD Comm ’09 event in New York City today will be coming from Twitter on HDConnectNow.

You may have noticed that this blog is getting less-than-usual updates.

I’m spending a good chunk of my time these days prepping for the IT Expo conference annnnnd on HDConnect, specifically on http://www.hdconnectnow.org.  There’s a lot going on in the HD world, so WAKE UP AND LISTEN TO THE MESSAGE….

During the VoIP Users Conference (VUC) call last Friday, I put down my markers for the advance of HD Voice in North America, using the statements and actions of various service providers to provide context for my predictions.

The benchmarks I used were–

  • Cablevision’s rollout of hosted HD Voice service  this summer – The leading/bleeding edge
  • Global Crossing’s  one-off HD projects today, with work on an automated HD voice conferencing product rolling out within 6-9 months – Leading edge
  • Verizon Business talk of HD Voice within its user base, with early adoption in 2010 and general adoption in 2011 – Conservative
  • Cox Communications saying they expect HD in 2011 – Very conservative.

Looking at those four different data points, I believe that 2010 will be the year of HD Voice in the enterprise space in North America.

I’ll do a discussion of the consumer space and HD for North America tomorrow…

There’s a 20 percent (yes, 20%) discount code available for the HD Comm ’09 event on September 15 in New York City.  Register online with the “HDConnectNow” code and you’ll get 20 (yes, 20) percent off registration.

I’ve been invited to be on the noon ET VoIP Users Conference call tomorrow, August 14.

Expect a wide-ranging discussion on IP Communications, HD Communications (The next HD Comms event is coming up on September 15. and I’m running the HDConnectnow.org site, after all), and whatever else comes to mind.