Roundup: CDC-CPqD, Nuance, Conatel

- Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Roundup: CDC-CPqD, Nuance, Conatel

Communications Development Company (CDC), a telecommunications systems integrator in Jordan, has signed a regional distribution agreement with CPqD Brazil, a provider of next generation operations and business support systems for the telecoms industry, including convergent billing systems, the former said in a statement.

CPqD's billing solution is part of a broader suite of operations/business support systems (OSS/BSS) for network operators, including automated customer care, work-order management, service provisioning, inside and outside plant management, workforce management and service access management.

"The agreement with CDC is exciting because it marks the beginning of our activities in the Middle East," CPqD CEO Helio Graciosa said.

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US voice and language solutions provider Nuance Communications has reached an agreement to acquire Loquendo, a wholly owned subsidiary of Telecom Italia, the former said in a statement.

Loquendo provides a range of speech technologies for telephony, mobile, automotive, embedded and desktop solutions in 32 languages with 76 voices. The firm's portfolio includes text-to-speech (TTS), automatic speech recognition (ASR) and voice biometrics solutions.

The combination of Nuance and Loquendo will accelerate the development of new capabilities to deliver natural, conversational interactions between consumers and contact centers, automobiles, mobile phones and other consumer devices in Europe and Latin America, Nuance said.

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Venezuela ended June with 2.1mn BlackBerry subscribers, up from 1.6mn at end-June 2010, telecoms watchdog Conatel said in its latest connectivity report.

At the end of the first quarter, Blackberry subscribers totaled 1.9mn, according to the regulator.