Norwegian operator Telenor claims to have addressed a key weakness in modern mobile networks by launching high definition (HD) voice.
The carrier claims to be the first to launch HD voice in the country, using technology that filters our background noise and boosts voice rendering to improve user experience when making calls. All Telenor 3G users with a compatible handset will automatically receive the free upgrade.
“Sound quality during calls has not seen any significant improvements since the introduction of GSM in the early 90s," Telenor Norway chief Berit Svendsen, says, noting that other aspects of the market – including mobile network speeds and handsets – have improved rapidly in recent years.
The technology is currently not available to Telenor’s 2G subscribers, and even when it is pushed down the line, Svendsen notes there will be few compatible handsets available.