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materialgirl
materialgirl
12/5/2012 | 4:06:39 AM
re: BT Gets a Gateway
Hmmm. "Broadband voice", "High definition voice" and "control of the customer". So, I ditch my PC and buy a pricy box from BT in exchange for my freedom, so I can get "hi-def voice." This sounds like a winner.
OldPOTS
OldPOTS
12/5/2012 | 4:06:29 AM
re: BT Gets a Gateway
And it doesn't include any security features either?
More software and more hardware cost than my PC/
And I expect they will want me to manage updates too?


OldPOTS
kentishman
kentishman
12/5/2012 | 4:06:25 AM
re: BT Gets a Gateway
I am already a user of the BT Fusion Home Gateway which is made by Inventel (www.inventel.com) from France now part of Thompson of France.

This works extremely well as an 802.11 a/b Hub plus bluetooth hub for the BT Fixed Mobile convergence Phone plus it has a USB in port for future services. It has two Ethernet ports. So what is new with this device. BT claimed somewhere that the device will be suitable for their Video on demand delivery when this becomes avaialble.

Unfortunately I cannot register this product with Inventel so I am tied to BT's Road Map.
materialgirl
materialgirl
12/5/2012 | 4:06:13 AM
re: BT Gets a Gateway
This sounds more PVR-ish and less network-ish. More like a PC than a router at first blush. Still, what is "hi-def voice" and why do I care? I mean, if this is their marketing lead, well, YAWN.
stephencooke
stephencooke
12/5/2012 | 4:06:12 AM
re: BT Gets a Gateway
Paul Reynolds (CEO of BT Wholesale) described "high-def voice" as 128kb/s voice traffic (ie: double the fidelity of standard POTS voice).

Steve.
kentishman
kentishman
12/5/2012 | 4:06:07 AM
re: BT Gets a Gateway
Sounds like the quality I already get using Skype!!!

Seriously though the BT Fusion phone (Blue Phone) I have produces an excellent voice quality, that is better than my old POTS line. I am not sure what the bandwidth on the Bluetoth link is but the Inventel website states 723kbit/s for the bluetooth connection speed although i guess this rate falls the further you get away from the BT Hub. This is clearly better than 128 knit/s. The Bluephone by the way (Motorola V560 I think) achieves a good 50m from the Hub in clear line of site and 30m through walls.


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