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Genband to open Ottawa centre of excellence

Stephen Law   

Engineering Software Engineering cloud-based API

Architected to bolster delivery of innovative, market-leading real-time embedded communications solutions

Kandy.io, GENBAND’s communications service platform, will open a new Cloud Center of Excellence (CoE) in Ottawa to deliver the next generation of cloud-based API offerings to cross-vertical global enterprises, Communications Service Providers (CSPs), Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and the developer community.

“The Kandy Cloud Center of Excellence will be a tremendous addition to our thriving tech landscape,” says Ottawa mayor Jim Watson. “I am proud of our city’s ability to attract world-class R&D companies, thanks to our skilled technology workforce and growing innovation community. I am confident that Kandy will see many benefits derive from its Ottawa location, and that it will have a positive impact on our city.”

Ottawa facility boasts a state-of-the-art lab

The 70,000-square-foot CoE, which will complement GENBAND’s already-existing Ottawa facilities, boasts a state-of-the-art lab. In addition to the leaders of R&D, product management, security and tech support, and part of their globally distributed teams, the CoE will house newly-hired local employees, many of them new graduates.


“The appetite for embedded real-time communications is only growing, fueled by the Internet of Things and a recognition that contextual real-time communications are the best avenue towards value creation in today’s digital landscape,” says Paul Pluschkell, founder and CEO of Kandy. “The CoE will enable us to further propel our development of these solutions and Ottawa, aptly named ‘the Silicon Valley of the North,’ allows us to draw on a tech-savvy talent pool while participating in a thriving ecosystem.”

State-of-the-art demo-equipped RV

The opening ceremony will include an ideathon for customers, employees and local developers. Kandy’s state-of-the-art demo-equipped RV, the Kandymobile, will also be on site, and Mayor Watson will present a prize for the best product presentation.

“Businesses and developers around the world are leveraging the Kandy platform to connect over the cloud and deliver more human applications,” added Sacha Gera, senior vice-president of Cloud products. “Much of the intellectual property that supports Kandy was developed in Ottawa over the decades, so it’s fitting that Ottawa-based engineers will once again play a key role in transforming the communications world.”


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