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Summary: 29 things I learned at the HD Communications Summit

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If you don’t feel like plowing through all of the HD Communications Summit pieces, here’s a recap of what went on.

1)       Jeff Pulver can still pull over 100 of the “right people”  to an event just after InterOp and just before the U.S. Memorial Day weekend.

2)       The baseline for a PSTN/POTS phone [...]

Presentations at the HD Communications Summit – pictures

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HD Communications Summit: Analysis – Will international needs bootstrap HD voice?

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There’s a very good case to be made that international communications needs will pull HD into both the consumer and enterprise worlds.

On the consumer side of the VoIP world, European carriers are leading the way with HD voice deployment. BT, FT, Telecom Italia and T-Mobile are all deploying HD voice in their networks [...]

HD Communications Summit: HD Cellular is happening

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HD voice quality on a cell phone? Don’t laugh, the combination of VoIP and broadband might bring high quality voice calls to mobile handsets a lot faster than you might think.

France Telecom has already deployed mobile HD in France and will be rolling out mobile HD service in Belgium and the UK later [...]

HD Communications Summit: Islands of HD, trending upward

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Unlike the start of VoIP and VON oh-so-long-ago (circa 1997), HD voice is much further down the technology path in terms of technology and deployment.  Islands of HD usage are appearing at major corporations, while BT, France Telecom (FT), and T-Mobile are all deploying HD within their territories in Europe.  FT expects to be [...]

HD Communications Summit: Cable bides its time

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Judging from comments made at the HD Communications Summit in New York City this week, the cable industry doesn’t feel rushed to hop onto the HD bandwagon, but is preparing the ground work to go fast if pushed by phone company broadband offerings.

Moderating the “HD Digital Phone Cable” panel,  DOCSYS Report editor Dave [...]

HD Communications Summit: Codec convergence, "HD" logo take center stage

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At yesterday’s HD Communications Summit, most equipment manufacturers said they would like to see fewer HD codecs and an “HD voice” logo to slap on to their boxes and gear.  Discussion also took place on the relative virtues of a “free” codec and the intellectual property issues associated with free codecs.

Handset manufacturers Polycom [...]

HD Communications Summit: Pulver announces HD marketing association, FCC petition, fall event

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New York City –  VoIP’s purple pundit wasted no time at the HD Communications Summit in declaring his intentions.  Jeff Pulver, founder of the original VON franchise in 1997, announced the creation of the “HD Connect” HD voice marketing association and a plan to put a petition before the FCC to convert the country’s [...]

At Jeff Pulver's HD Communications Summit today…

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Twittering live from DougonIPComm. Will post more later…

Working through the communications continuum

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Voice, HD voice, videoconferencing, telepresence, live meetings: How do they all fit together? People have a range of communications choices, but which is the most effective? Chalan Aras, VP of Product Marketing at Polycom and I had a chat about this recently.

In the beginning, people had two real time communications options: the PSTN [...]