Cisco to Acquire BabbleLabs

Cisco plans to acquire BabbleLabs, a provider of advanced artificial intelligence to distinguish human speech from unwanted noise, enhancing the quality of communications and conferencing applications. Financial tems of the deal were not disclosed.

With the addition of BabbleLabs' noise removal and speech enhancement technology, Cisco will bring native noise removal capability to its entire collaboration portfolio. Initially, Cisco will focus on integrating BabbleLabs into Webex Meetings.

"A great meeting experience starts with great audio," said Jeetu Patel, senior vice president and general manager of the Cisco Security and Applications Business Unit, in a statement. "We're thrilled to welcome BabbleLabs' team of highly skilled engineers. Their technology is going to provide our customers with yet another important innovation, automatically removing unwanted noise to continue enabling exceptional Webex meeting experiences."

"BabbleLabs is excited to become part of Cisco and the Collaboration Group," said Chris Rowen, CEO and co-founder of BabbleLabs, in a statement. "The Cisco team shares our passion about speech as the core of collaboration and communication. Cisco's Collaboration platform will enable us to quickly scale our exceptional speech enhancement technology for the hundreds of millions of Webex users."

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