Thursday Roundup: IEIC, Vonage, Amdocs

August 8th, 2019 by · Leave a Comment

An organization gets a new member, some AI tech gets bought, and a vendor wins the favor of two mobile operators and one satellite TV provider:

The Internet Ecosystem Innovation Committee continues to add new members as it steps into its chosen role of promoting collaboration across communities interested in creating new internet nexus points. Virginia Commonwealth University has joined the organization as a founding member, with Dean Barbara D. Boyan from the College of Engineering representing the institution. The IEIC was launched at ITW in June, and participation from higher education is a key component of its vision.

Vonage has made an interesting acquisition within the artificial intelligenece space. They announced earlier this week the purchase of certain assets from Over.ai, an Israeli-based specialist in conversation-related AI. The idea is to add expertise to the company's IVR capabilities, replicating real-time human interactions over the phone without needing actual humans. There's a lot of work yet to be done in that world, if my experiences 'talking' to such things is any guide.

Amdocs has won two managed services deals with the newer mobile players from the cable MSO world. Both Xfinity Mobile and Spectrum Mobile will be using the vendor's software and services to power their back office systems. I wonder why neither of these guys stepped up for the deal DISH did with Sprint/T-Mobile.  Meanwhile, they have also won more favor from Sky Italia over in Europe.  Sky Italia will use Amdocs' SmartOps capabilities to improve its digital monetization operations.

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Categories: Artificial Intelligence · Interconnection · Mergers and Acquisitions · Software

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