Enhanced Voice Services (EVS)

Full-HD Voice quality for mobile telephony

 

EVS is especially designed for VoLTE (Voice over LTE) services. It enables phone calls with Full-HD Voice quality, bringing call fidelity up to the same level as today’s other digital media services. Integrating state-of-the-art speech and audio coding technology, EVS removes the limitations of bandlimited and voice-centric codecs that were previously used in mobile communications.

The GSMA has nominated EVS as the mandatory audio codec for superwideband transmissions via VoLTE (please also see "Official Document IR.92 - IMS Profile for Voice and SMS").

 

EVS...

 

...enables Full-HD Voice audio quality

EVS delivers unprecedented quality for speech, background music and mixed content for narrow-, wide-, superwide- and full-band services, outperforming the audio quality of today’s mobile phone calls and over-the-top communication services.

 

...delivers high efficiency and versatility

EVS offers a wide range of bit rates from 5.9 kbit/s to 128 kbit/s, allowing service providers to optimize network capacity and call quality as desired for their service. Bit rates for narrow- and wideband start at 5.9 kbit/s, while superwideband Full-HD Voice audio quality is supported from 9.6 kbit/s on. EVS also significantly improves the audio quality over legacy codecs at popular mobile bit rates such as 13.2 kbit/s and 24 kbit/s.

 

...ensures a reliable service

Mobile network services such as VoLTE or Voice over WiFi can be affected by packet loss issues, resulting in a negative impact on speech intelligibility. EVS utilizes unique concealment techniques to minimize the impact of packet loss caused by adverse conditions in the transmission channel.

 

...is backward-compatible to existing VoLTE services

The codec’s integrated AMR-WB interoperability mode eliminates the need for a separate AMR-WB implementation allowing the signal to quickly switch between VoLTE (4G) and circuit switched networks (3G) when network conditions warrant a transition.

Availability

There are several operators worldwide which have already launched EVS powered VoLTE services. These include:

  • NTT DoCoMo
  • T-Mobile USA
  • Vodafone Germany
  • Korean operators
  • Deutsche Telekom
  • KDDI Japan
  • EE United Kingdom
  • Vodafone Netherlands
  • T-Mobile Poland
  • A1 Austria
  • Swisscom

Please see the following list for examples of smartphones that support EVS:

  • Apple iPhone 8
  • Apple iPhone 8 Plus
  • Apple iPhone X
  • Apple iPhone XS
  • HP Elite x3
  • HTC One M10
  • Huawei P19
  • Huawei P10 Plus
  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro
  • Huawei P20
  • Huawei P20 Plus
  • LeTV Le Max Pro
  • LG G5
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8
  • Samsung Galaxy S8/8+
  • Samsung Galaxy S9/9+
  • Samsung Galaxy S10
  • Sharp AQUOS Zeta
  • Sony Xperia X Performance
  • Sony Xperia XZ
  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium
  • Vivo Xplay5
  • Xiaomi Mi5