Unless you have been living under a rock for the last year, you probably have read, seen or if you are lucky, experienced what many to consider to be VoIP’s killer feature: High Definition (HD) calling. Pioneered, brought to market and championed by Polycom through their HD Voice technology, HD VoIP is quickly gaining thousands of converts as it’s popularity continues to swell as this next wave of more discerning converts finally switch to VoIP. For a technology that is highly lauded by those who both produce and use it, there is still a lot that is not known about it and misinformation about HD VoIP amongst the industry and the customers it serves.
So, what better way to educate and dispel myth’s then to get the straight facts from the guy who co-founded the company leading the HD VoIP charge and also serves as the CTO for the companies voice division?
Chris Lyman is one of my favorites in the industry. He’s got drive, vision and an incredible mind for this technology.
That’s why I was happy to see his HUD3 demo a few month’s ago and was even more excited to hear that the official version of HUD3 was launching this week at IT Expo. Since I wasn’t able to make it out to the IT Expo, but still wanted to get Chris’s thoughts on the release, I shot Chris a few questions about HUD3 via email. Let’s take a look…
Late last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Truphone’s Director of International Operations, Keith Wallington. Keith, as his title reflects, is responsible for international operations at Truphone. For those who are not familiar with Truphone, Truphone is a provider of mobile VoIP services to the masses. What follows is our summary of conversation.
Keith, for those who are not familiar with mobile VoIP, how does it work?
In the context of Truphone, mobile VoIP is the transmission of voice telephony over a wireless bearer (typically Wi-Fi). Truphone has deployed a complete mobile telephony core network architecture based on IP: the IP equivalents of an HLR (Home Location Register) and MSC (Mobile Switching Centre).
The Truphone service treats the public wireless Internet (Wi-Fi) as the access bearer.
Tell us about Truphone
Truphone develops Internet Protocol-based (IP-based) mobile Internet telephony, delivered by means of 3G mobile networks and Wi-Fi networks.
The Truphone service enables free and low-cost calls for customers by routing calls via Wi-Fi and the Internet. The service is presently in a ‘beta’ state and offers Voice-over-IP, SMS-over-IP and ‘presence’ capabilities. This beta service was announced in mid-2006, when Truphone became the first company to introduce true Internet telephony for mass market mobile phones.
Truphone is the trading name of Software Cellular Network (SCN). SCN is privately owned, funded by both venture capital investment and angel investors. Truphone is based in London and provides service to users in the UK, Europe and U.S.