Hike looks to add voice with acquisition

The company behind Indian messaging app Hike acquired a startup that builds technology to enable voice calls over Wi-Fi, suggesting it may soon add that functionality to its service. Hike announced it has acquired Zip Phone, which is also based …

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Facebook acquires speech recognition firm

Facebook agreed to acquire Wit.ai, a company specialising in natural language processing technology, which can be incorporated into apps by developers. A post on the Wit.ai website about its sale said the company was founded 18 months ago, with the …

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European Commission deregulates fixed line markets

The European Commission has confirmed that two fixed line markets will no longer be subject to regulation in Europe. The retail market for access to fixed telephony, and the wholesale market for fixed call origination will no longer be affected by price caps.

BICS opens up IPX to HD voice, VoLTE

Belgacom-owned interconnect specialist BICS this week said its platform is now enabling next generation voice services such as HD voice and VoLTE to end users.