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Can HD Reverse the Decline of Voice?

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September 03, 2009

Can HD Reverse the Decline of Voice?

By Paula Bernier, Executive Editor, IP Communications Magazines

HD is the only growth opportunity for voice and will reverse the decline of voice usage. That’s the word from Daniel Berninger (News - Alert), CEO of’s Free World Dialup, which has launched a project called HD Connect to move HD voice forward.

Berninger says every other product on the market matches customer need and willingness to pay, but that important people like President Obama use the same voice services as everyone else, although he has the best food, the best transportation, and a really nice house. “It just doesn’t make any sense,” he said.
“Even if you think about the iPhone (News - Alert) and how compelling that is, that’s the same shitty voice,” he adds.
But that’s all destined to change with the advent of HD voice, Berninger says. Today HD-enabled handsets are already coming onto the market, he says. By the end of 2010 this will be a feature that consumers ask for, he adds, and by the end of 2013 everyone will have it.
The 12-member HD Connect effort, which is holding a small event called the HD Communications (News - Alert) Summit Sept. 15 in New York City, is working to make that happen. Charter members of HD Connect include AudioCodes, Broadcom, DSP Group, FWD, Gigaset Communications, Global IP Solutions, Polycom,, Snom, Uniden America and

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