Jinny parent in Lebanon mobile deal

22 Sep 2003

Acotel Group, the Italian parent company of Dublin-based wireless software developer Jinny, has been awarded a contract with LibanCell in Beirut to supply its application router and protocol converter, Jinny Application Router (JAR). The value of the contract has not been disclosed.

JAR is a middleware platform that allows third party applications to ‘talk’ to an operator’s SMSC and MMSC wireless gateway infrastructure. The software is required to enable messaging applications such as information alerts, email notification and email-to-voice.

Declan O’Mahony, director of Acotel Mobile Solutions, commented: “Value-added services are strong differentiators for a mobile operator in a competitive environment and the JAR will allow LibanCell to enhance its position in Lebanon by bringing new services to market quickly and safely.”

The contract with LibanCell brings to 14 the number of GSM operators Acotel currently supplies in the Middle East.

Mouin Abdallah, LibanCell technical development unit manager, said: “Acotel’s JAR solution provides a single point of access for all messaging-based services, offering security to protect our network, and redundancy to ensure service availability. The JAR will be a core component in the delivery of our messaging services.”

Jinny employs 20 sales and technical personnel at its Dublin offices. Acotel customers include TIM in Italy, Tele2 in Sweden, Orange in Denmark and Vodafone in the Netherlands and Ireland.

By Brian Skelly