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Smart Communications Offers HD Mobile Voice to Customers in Manila

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December 11, 2012

Smart Communications Offers HD Mobile Voice to Customers in Manila

By Amanda Ciccatelli, TMCnet Web Editor

HD voice is a term which refers to technologies that enhance the quality of an audio call, or the audio portion of a video call. Most people experience HD voice when using VoIP platforms like Skype (News - Alert) on their computers. With the transition to predominantly digital cellular/satellite communications as opposed to the traditional terrestrial circuit-switched telephone network, HD voice became possible for telephony.

One company, Smart Communications, has decided to provide HD mobile voice quality to its customers in Mega Manila, Finland. The company, a Philippines-based wireless services provider, has recently deployed Nokia Siemens (News - Alert) Networks Wide Band Adaptive Multi-Rate (WB-AMR) functionality, enabling it to offer high-definition (HD) voice services to its subscribers.

Nokia (News - Alert) Siemens Networks is deploying the WB-AMR software feature within Smart Communications 3G network, and will do so later in its 2G network. The upgrade is simplified by requiring only software updates for the network, resulting in Smart Communications subscribers benefiting from improved voice call quality.

“In HD voice-enabled areas, callers with HD voice-capable handsets running on 3G will be able to hear the difference instantly,” said Rolando Peña, head of technology at PLDT (News - Alert), in a statement. “Nokia Siemens Networks WB-AMR functionality lets us deliver significantly superior voice quality.”

This engagement with Smart Communications strengthens Nokia Siemens Networks (News - Alert) resolve to provide an innovative, competitive edge to its customers, according to Markku Nieminen, head of the Smart Communications customer team at Nokia Siemens Networks.

He added, “Our WB-AMR technology, tailored to ensure an unprecedented communications experience, marks another step forward in our vision to create smarter networks for the future.”

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Edited by Jamie Epstein

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