Vodacom introduces Super HD Voice in South Africa

Vodacom South Africa is collaborating with device manufacturers to launch the next phase in enhancing the Vodacom network, Enhanced Voice Services (EVS) also called the Super High Definition (SHD) voice or HD Voice+ in a live commercial network.

VoLTE subscribers having a compatible handset on the Vodacom network can now have an improved voice clarity made possible by the EVS codec.

The Group Managing Executive for Radio Access Network Engineering of Vodacom, Siyabonga Zulu, stated, “Vodacom is always looking to improve the experience customers have on our network. Deploying Enhanced Voice Services is another step in this process and will ensure even better voice quality for our 4G users. With our extensive 4G coverage, it makes sense to ensure that 4G users get the best possible voice quality to complement our super-fast 4G speeds.”

Vodacom introduced VoLTE three years ago and is now launching this technology in South Africa with EVS being the successor of the current HD Voice Codec called AMR-WB (Adaptive Multi-Rate Wideband).

EVS can enable speech quality that matches audio sources such as hi-fidelity stored music that offers up to 20kHz of audio bandwidth. Moreover, EVS also provide coverage gains for cell-edge users in terms of better voice quality performance in cell-edge conditions.

Vodacom is bringing forward the latest enhancements to the network to provide high performance for the end user.