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Mobile HD Voice: Wideband, High-quality Audio Connections

More than 900 million VoIP users enjoy the clear audio quality of wideband voice processing on Skype and other Internet telecom applications, and pressure is building on mobile operators to upgrade their services to utilize wideband codecs. France Telecom/Orange have launched voice services in Europe using the AMR-WB codec, and other operators are expected to follow suit in other regions in coming years. Technology barriers will slow adoption in some regions, but Mobile HD Voice technology will accelerate quickly in key regions, resulting in more than 400 million mobile users by 2015.

This study explores the market drivers and end-user demand for wideband voice processing, as well as the technical barriers and issues surrounding the interoperability of Mobile HD Voice and VoIP solutions. Details of the technology upgrades required in multiple areas are highlighted, including infrastructure upgrades, codecs, microphones, speakers, and signal processing in handsets, and speech recognition technology. The study describes the impact of mobile VOIP applications, as well as the impact of cable operators and wireline operator adoption of wideband voice technology. In particular, the impact of Mobile HD Voice on ARPU is forecast in detail as a part of a comprehensive five-year outlook.

Table of Contents

  • Executive Brief: Mobile HD Voice Adoption in Handsets
  • 1. Executive Summary
    • 1.1. Introduction
    • 1.2. Market Drivers
    • 1.3. Technology
    • 1.4. Outlook
    • 1.5. Conclusions
  • 2. Market Overview
    • 2.1. Current Mobile Codecs
    • 2.2. Mobile HD Voice Market Drivers
      • 2.2.1. Mobile End-User Demand for HD Voice
      • 2.2.2. Connection to Wideband VOIP
      • 2.2.3. Games and Social Networking Applications
      • 2.2.4. Voice Recognition Software
      • 2.2.5. VOIP End Users: Setting an Expectation for HD Voice
      • 2.2.6. Cable Operators and HD Voice
      • 2.2.7. Wireline Operators and HD Voice
      • 2.2.8. VOIP Moving into the Mobile Space
    • 2.3. Increased ARPU from HD Voice?
    • 2.4. Decreased Net Churn from HD Voice
    • 2.5. Cost Impacts
      • 2.5.1. Royalty Costs
      • 2.5.2. Transcoder-Free Infrastructure
      • 2.5.3. Transcoding for Connection to VOIP
      • 2.5.4. All-IP Transport
    • 2.6. Adoption Timescale
  • 3. Technology for Wideband Voice Calls
    • 3.1. Codecs
      • 3.1.1. Codec Basics
      • 3.1.2. Codec Compatibility
      • 3.1.3. Codec Processor Power and Battery Impact
    • 3.2. Bandwidth Requirements
    • 3.3. Network Infrastructure
      • 3.3.1. VOIP over Wi-Fi-Enabled Dual-Mode Handsets
      • 3.3.2. VOIP over 3G
      • 3.3.3. Wideband Circuit-Switched Voice
      • 3.3.4. VOIP over 4G
      • 3.3.5. VOIP Peering
    • 3.4. Microphones
    • 3.5. Speakers/Handset Acoustics
  • 4. Key Industry Players
    • 4.1. Akustica Inc
    • 4.2. Apple Inc
    • 4.3. Audience Inc
    • 4.4. AudioCodes Ltd
    • 4.5. Dialogic Corporation
    • 4.6. Ericsson AB
    • 4.7. fring
    • 4.8. Global IP Solutions
    • 4.9. Huawei
    • 4.10. Motorola Inc
    • 4.11. Nokia
    • 4.12. Nuance Communications Inc
    • 4.13. Orange/France Telecom
    • 4.14. Polycom Inc
    • 4.15. Qualcomm Incorporated
    • 4.16. Research In Motion
    • 4.17. Skype
    • 4.18. Time Warner Cable
    • 4.19. Vivox Inc
    • 4.20. Vlingo Corporation
    • 4.21. VoiceAge Corporation
    • 4.22. XConnect Global Networks Ltd
  • 5. Market Forecasts
    • 5.1. Regional Adoption
    • 5.2. Increased ARPU
      • 5.2.1. Adoption of Technology in Handsets
        • 5.2.1.1. Smartphone VOIP Clients
        • 5.2.1.2. Mobile Codec Adoption
        • 5.2.1.3. Improved Acoustic Hardware
      • 5.2.2. Adoption of Technology in Infrastructure
  • 6. Company Directory
  • 7. Acronyms

Charts

  1. Mobile HD Voice Adoption in Handsets
  2. Impact on ARPU
  3. Mobile HD Voice Adoption by Region, World Market, Forecast: 2009 to 2015
  4. Mobile Codec Shipments, World Market, 2009
  5. Consumer Feedback on Mobile HD Voice, Ericsson/T-Mobile Study, 2006
  6. Gaming/Social Network Adoption of HD Voice, World Market, 2010
  7. Adoption of Voice Recognition Applications, World Market, 2010
  8. HD VOIP/Wi-Fi Handsets by Enterprise Tier, World Market, 2010
  9. Cable HD Voice Subscribers, North America, Forecast: 2009 to 2015
  10. Wireline HD Voice Subscribers, World Market, Forecast: 2009 to 2015
  11. Mobile VOIP Clients, World Market, 2009
  12. Mobile VOIP Clients by Operator Type, World Market, 2009
  13. 3G/4G Transcoder-Free Infrastructure by Region, World Market, 2009
  14. LTE Terminal Shipments, World Market, Forecast: 2009 to 2015
  15. WiMAX Terminal Shipments, World Market, Forecast: 2009 to 2015
  16. Battery Power Required for Codecs
  17. Data Bandwidth Required for Codecs
  18. Mobile HD Voice Traffic by Region, World Market, Forecast: 2009 to 2015
  19. Minutes of Use Increase per User by Region, World Market, Forecast: 2009 to 2015
  20. ARPU Projections, Asia-Pacific, Forecast: 2009 to 2015
  21. ARPU Projections, North America, Forecast: 2009 to 2015
  22. ARPU Projections, Western Europe, Forecast: 2009 to 2015
  23. ARPU Projections, Eastern Europe, Forecast: 2009 to 2015
  24. ARPU Projections, Africa, Forecast: 2009 to 2015
  25. ARPU Projections, South America, Forecast: 2009 to 2015
  26. ARPU Projections, Middle East, Forecast: 2009 to 2015
  27. ARPU Comparison, Average vs. Mobile HD Voice, World Market, Forecast: 2009 to 2015
  28. Mobile/Wi-Fi VOIP Handsets by Tier, World Market, Forecast: 2009 to 2015
  29. 3G/4G Adoption of AMR-WB Codec by Region, World Market, Forecast: 2009 to 2015
  30. Adoption of Dual Microphones by Region, World Market, Forecast: 2009 to 2015
  31. Adoption of High-Performance Speakers by Region, World Market, Forecast: 2009 to 2015
  32. 3G/4G Transcoder-Free Infrastructure, World Market, Forecast: 2009 to 2015
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  • Publish Date 1Q 2010
  • Research Type Research Report Report
  • Code RR-HDVO-10
  • Pages 70
  • Tables 6
  • Charts 62
  • Figures 4
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