Mobile internet leader to locate R&D centre in Belfast

31 Oct 2008

Mobile internet solutions leader Bytemobile is to open a new R&D and customer support centre in Belfast as part of an investment supported by Invest NI.

Bytemobile currently maintains R&D centres in Patras, Greece, Mountain View, California, and Champaign, Illinois.

Like the Champaign centre, the Belfast facility will specialise in the research, prototyping and demonstration of new wireless network infrastructure technology for mobile internet applications.

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“Bytemobile’s product development and customer support facilities worldwide are strategically located to ensure that we leverage the best technical resources while staying close to customers,” said Warren Simpson, vice-president of Worldwide Customer Support at Bytemobile, who will direct the new operation in Belfast.

“Northern Ireland offers us a rich talent pool ranging from experienced engineers to recent university graduates. It is also virtually next door to our major accounts throughout the UK and Europe,” Simpson said.

Bytemobile’s technology enables mobile operators to deliver value-added services to consumers on mass-market mobile networks.

Its technology is used by more than 100 operators in 54 countries worldwide, including companies like Telefonica O2, Vodafone, Orange, T-Mobile and China Mobile.

“This expansion to Northern Ireland enhances and complements our global engineering organisation,” said Chris Koopmans, Bytemobile vice-president of Product Development.

“Having access to the world’s leading mobile data R&D talent, wherever it happens to be, will keep us at the forefront of technological leadership and product innovation,” Koopmans added.

By John Kennedy

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years