Foster announces NI investment by US company on trade mission

Economy Minister Arlene Foster, today announced that US company Bytemobile plans to establish a software development centre in Belfast.

The Minister made the announcement at Bytemobile’s offices in California on the third day of the Invest Northern Ireland trade mission to Boston and San Francisco.

The investment - which aims to generate more than £2million in wages and salaries over the first three years - will see Bytemobile, a global leader in the development of integrated software solutions for data services on wireless networks, establish a software engineering and customer support centre in Belfast.

Commenting on the investment, the Minister said: “This investment by Bytemobile, a global leader in internet protocol services for mobile data networks, is highly significant for Northern Ireland. It is one of a number of recent hi-tech investments secured by Invest NI from companies on the West Coast which have been attracted to our strong skills base and growing knowledge infrastructure.

“Creating 16 highly specialised software development and support posts, Bytemobile will give experienced local software engineers the opportunity to work on global, leading-edge technology for blue-chip clients in the fast growing area of mobile data services.

“Indeed, it is encouraging to see that Invest NI’s sustained efforts to attract high quality investment to Northern Ireland are continuing to bear fruit even in the current challenging economic climate.”

Bytemobile’s products are already installed with 100 mobile network operators in 53 countries serving over one billion subscribers. The mobile data services market is expected to grow by 15% annually over the next five years driven by the increasing demand for internet and video content on mobile devices.

Warren Simpson, Bytemobile’s Vice-president Worldwide Customer Support, said: “Our goal is to enable the success of our customers in driving the Fourth Wave of Computing — the Mobile Internet. Part of our strategy for achieving this is to develop a ‘best in class’ engineering support function, and to continuously innovate. The highly skilled team in the new Belfast centre will play an essential role in this.”