High Definition Voice Quality for Telephony

Polycom has unveiled Polycom HD Voice, a technology they say advances the most important communication tool in business, the telephone, with unprecedented, lifelike, high-fidelity voice quality. At the same time the company unveiled a VoIP desktop phone featuring Polycom HD Voice, the SoundPoint IP 650.

“The telephone remains the most critical communication tool in business, yet studies show that two-thirds of the frequencies in which the human ear is most sensitive, and 80 percent of the frequencies in which speech occurs, are beyond the capabilities of the public telephone network,” said Jeffrey Rodman, co-founder of Polycom and chief technology officer of Polycom voice communications division. “People are accustomed to mediocre phone call quality because there hasn’t been an alternative – until now. VoIP gives us a new network dynamic to deliver a broader spectrum for voice communication and dramatically improve the user experience. Polycom HD Voice smashes the quality barrier of traditional telephony by leveraging broader frequencies and incorporating leading technology developed in Polycom’s labs.”