About time for high quality codecs
Greater availability of wideband codecs is a very welcome development - the quality improvement is like comparing speech on a regular telephone vs. FM radio, and helps greatly with intelligibility and naturalness of communication. Even better if Skype can do this at bit rates of 40kbit or lower and good packet loss resilience.
What is remarkable is how long it has taken for high quality telephony to take off. Basic high quality codecs with a bandwidth up to 7kHz at 64 kbit/s data rate were available more than 20 years ago, and would have been usable over early ISDN lines even before widespread adoption of Broadband. Anyone who had used them would wonder why people put up with poor quality telephony speech, particularly on loudspeaker phones. I suppose the awful quality of many mobile calls has made people think that telephony speech on advanced systems will always be lousy.