5G tipping point: Industry and consumers lured with cheaper, smarter services

Ericsson landed on its corporate feet when it parachuted out of the GSMA’s Mobile World Congress last Friday. For the last few years, the network solutions provider has (like Huawei and a few others) hosted Pre-MWC Briefings for media and analysts in key markets, in an attempt to catch attention ahead of the pandemonium in Barcelona. 

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Sigfox launches second Paris Hacking House helping students to bring IoT-based projects to life

Sigfox, the Internet of Things (IoT) service provider, has launched the second French edition of its Hacking House in Paris. For six months, participants from seven different countries will bring IoT-based projects to life addressing issues as diverse as car theft prevention and bird protection.

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Orange Spain and Vodafone Spain both aim to transform customer relationships

Orange Spain has chosen St. Louis-based Amdocs a provider of software and services to communications and media companies, to drive new services and revenue in the digital economy.The project encompasses a large-scale IT and business transformation, including a multi-year contract with managed services, the managed upgrade of tens of legacy systems, and technology provided by multiple partners.

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AI spend by network operators to reach $15bn by 2024, driven by optimisation and fraud

Total operator spend on artificial intelligence (AI) solutions will exceed US$15 billion (€13.5 billion) by 2024, according to a new study from Juniper Research. This is a rise from a $3 billion (€2.7 biilion) spend in 2020.

The research identifies network optimisation and fraud mitigation solutions as the most highly sought-after AI based services over the next 4 years. AI-based solutions automate network functionalities including routing, traffic management and predictive maintenance solutions.

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Online builders’ merchant aims to disrupt market with ‘significant investment’ in AI

Online construction materials supplier, CMOStores.com is planning to disrupt the UK building trade and do-it-yourself (DIY) market. The company expects to make an unspecified “major investment in web developments”, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technology at its six digital superstores. This will improve the customer experience of visitors to the websites and drive business efficiencies.

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Dave Labuda appointed non-exec chairman as Glo Gordon takes over as MATRIXX CEO

MATRIXX Software, Inc. has appointed board member Glo Gordon to succeed Dave Labuda as CEO of MATRIXX and lead the company through its next phase of transformative growth.

Following a February transition, Labuda will remain with the company as non-executive chairman of the board and senior innovation advisor.

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AI and AR/VR tech now used by sports fans and athletes, says Capgemini report

Capgemini has launched a new report, Emerging technologies in sports: reimagining the fan experience. The study, using responses from over 10,000 fans around the globe who regularly watch and follow top sports, has been produced by the Capgemini Research Institute. Since January 2018 Capgemini has been the official Global Innovation Partner of the Men’s and Women’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

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AI and voice search among the top eCommerce trends for 2020, says Kooomo

As we move into a new decade, technology is continuing to make big changes in the way eCommerce businesses engage with their customers. To keep up with the changing demands of consumers, Kooomo, an Enterprise Cloud Commerce Platform, has put together a list of the ten key eCommerce trends that online retailers should be aware of:

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CodeGen brings artificial intelligence to Berlin travel show

Global travel technology provider, CodeGen, is to show its suite of artificial intelligence-powered tools at the ITB Berlin event (March 4 – 8th).

As specialists in digital transformation, CodeGen’s range of end-to-end software solutions and reservation systems aims to help travel companies boost revenue and develop a competitive edge in the business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) market. CodeGen’s team of experts will be at ITB Berlin (hall 5.1, stand 128) to demonstrate tools such as:

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European industries and academics partner to develop multi-access private networks beyond 5G

InterDigital Europe, Ltd., a subsidiary of InterDigital Inc., a mobile and video technology R&D company, is the latest organisation to participate in the 5G-CLARITY project.

This is a joint effort with a consortium of partners in Europe to develop automated solutions powered by artificial intelligence (AI) for private networks beyond 5G. The project integrates multiple wireless access technologies and their evolutions from 3GPP 5G New Radio, IEEE 802.11 Wi-Fi, and IEEE 802.11 Li-Fi.

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IDC predicts strong growth in spending on digital transformation & innovation

Investments in digital transformation and innovation will account for 30% of all IT spending in the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa (META) by 2024, up from 18% in 2018. That’s according to the latest predictions revealed by International Data Corporation (IDC) as it hosted more than 500 of the region’s most influential ICT industry figures at Dubai’s Atlantis, The Palm for IDC Directions 2020.

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IDC launches Future of Intelligence framework to provide context into the digital economy

Over the past five years, International Data Corporation (IDC) has been documenting the rise of the digital economy and the digital transformation that enterprises must undergo to compete and succeed.

Greater enterprise intelligence has become a top priority for business leaders on this transformation journey. By working with and observing such enterprises, IDC has developed a new Future of Intelligence framework, which provides insight and understanding for business leaders and technology suppliers.

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Prescriptive capabilities added to ‘AI-infused’ asset performance management

Industrial software specialist, Aveva, announced a significant enhancement to its Asset Performance Management (APM) portfolio, with the launch of Aveva APM Assessment, Asset Strategy Optimisation and Asset Strategy Library. 

This completes the integration of the recently acquired MaxGrip software solutions into Aveva’s APM Portfolio. As a result, customers are now able to realise greater levels of reliability, availability, safety and efficiency in operating their capital assets, and move from reactive and predictive maintenance to prescriptive maintenance.

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Enghouse Systems continues on global M&A trail buying Dialogic’s software business for US$52mn

Reading, UK-based Enghouse Systems Ltd (TSX:ENGH) has acquired the USA’s Dialogic Group Inc. for a purchase price of approximately US$52.0 million, subject to certain adjustments.

Based in Parsippany, New Jersey, Dialogic partners with mobile operators, system integrators and technology developers to deploy its solutions via its worldwide network of offices. Dialogic’s revenue over the next 12 months is projected to be between $58.0 million and $63.0 million.

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AI isn’t a decision maker, it’s an enabler

In the last 10 years alone, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has proven it can drive cars, see better than humans, says Jose Lazares, vice president strategy and business management at Intapp and even beat champion players of the show Jeopardy! It is no surprise that we’ve reached the point where AI has become a business asset across industries. Gartner this year predicted that artificial intelligence augmentation will create $2.9 trillion (€2.62 trillion) in business value and 6.2 billion hours of worker productivity in 2021.

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Qualitest dips into $420mn funds to buy AlgoTrace and expand its AI and machine learning offering

Software testing and quality assurance company, Qualitest has acquired the artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) company AlgoTrace for an undisclosed amount. This acquisition marks the first step of Qualitest’s growth strategy following a US$420 million investment from Bridgepoint earlier this year.

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