AT&T, Amdocs open Ra’anana innovation center

The Ra’anana center is the second permanent AT&T Foundry facility to open worldwide.

By NADAV SHEMER
June 15, 2011 23:49
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Amdocs CEO Eli Gelman

Gelman 311. (photo credit: Natan Dvir)

 
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American telecommunications giant AT&T on Wednesday opened its latest foundry innovation center in Ra’anana, together with Amdocs.

The Ra’anana center is the second permanent AT&T Foundry facility to open worldwide. It replaces a temporary facility where dozens of collaborative projects have been under way since AT&T and Amdocs announced plans to collaborate last July.

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This follows the opening of a center in Plano, Texas, not far from AT&T’s global headquarters in Dallas, in February.

Work is also under way in two separate temporary facilities in Silicon Valley and San Francisco, with a permanent center hosted by Ericsson to open later this year in Palo Alto, California.

In Ra’anana, AT&T and technology providers will work with start-ups and developers to get the latest innovations and services into the hands of customers more quickly than ever before, the company said in a press release. Projects there already enable integrated mobile and wired broadband capabilities crossing multiple screens, including smartphones, PCs, televisions and emerging devices, it said.

“The AT&T Foundry network is a collaborative environment where AT&T researchers, key industry technology providers and developers from all over the world innovate in new ways,” AT&T CTO John Donovan said. “Project managers drive project development in 30- and 90- day sprints that allow us to cut the time required to evolve great ideas into products and services by twothirds.”

Amdocs CEO Eli Gelman said: “The team in Ra’anana has deep ties with the start-up community and specializes in identifying unique technologies that can benefit AT&T and their customers. It offers start-ups and developers the environment to initiate and advance projects by providing technological expertise to make their idea happen.”

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