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Billing software provider Amdocs has extended its contract with Phoenix-based cable services provider Cable One for an additional three years, Amdocs said Wednesday.
Israeli-founded Amdocs, which still has its largest R&D facility in Ra'anana, will continue to provide customer management and billing solutions to help Cable One offer services and responsive customer support to its 720,000 subscribers. It will also help Cable One in offering bundled services in each of its operating regions and support the company's goal of being a low-cost provider of basic cable, digital cable and high-speed Internet services.
Identification and tracking solutions provider SuperCom has signed a $50 million agreement with an unnamed European country to provide the end-to-end system for a national multi-ID issuing and control system.
In terms of the 10-year deal, Kadima-based SuperCom will supply digital enrollment and production equipment and software, and will oversee the maintenance and supply of secured raw material for the production of various national ID cards, based on its Magna system.
Ra'anana-based Retalix, a provider of software solutions for food retailers and distributors, said that Groupe Carrefour has successfully implemented the Retalix Loyalty and Promotions (TM) system in its hypermarket stores in France.
Carrefour, the second largest retailer in the world, has the Retalix solution operating in all 217 of its hypermarkets in France, serving over 8 million loyalty club members through 13,000 point-of-sale terminals. The companies did not reveal the value of the project.
Wireless broadband solutions company Alvarion said it would soon be providing the Kingdom of Tongo with WiMAX services. The Tel Aviv company was selected by Tonga Communications Corporation for the project and will implement its BreezeMAX 3500 solution to allow the Tongan national operator to provide the south Pacific islands with wireless broadband data services.
While WiFi technology provides a wireless Internet connection over short distances, such as within a building or along a street, WiMAX extends that access to areas with radii of up to 50 kilometers.
Also in wireless technology, Atheros Communications, a California-based developer of wireless solutions has selected Tower Semiconductor to produce its latest wireless LAN 802.11g chip. Tower said the product was already in production at its 0.18-micron Fab2 facility in Migdal Ha'emek.
Tel Aviv-based Bynet Data Communications has opened a new branch in Sofia , Bulgaria to offer software integrations solutions and services to its customers in the region. Bynet recently completed a $15m. project for Bulgarian telecommunications company BTC to establish an Internet protocol VPN for it.
In an all-Israel deal, Herzliya-based computer services provider Matrix has won a NIS 2 million tender with The Finance Ministry. The project will see Matrix develop online forms which will allow the public to complete government forms via the Internet sites of the various government offices.
Meanwhile, research company IDC Israel said the local computer services market grew to $1.5 billion in 2005, some 16% higher than the previous year.
IDC said the growth spurt was encouraged by regulatory changes in Israel and abroad in the financial sector, which forced them to adopt new standards for banks and financial institutions demanding they invest in information technology. IDC said it expected the growth trend to continue through 2011.
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