Foster opens new NI offices for US software firm

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has officially opened new offices for the global telecommunications software firm BroadSoft, Inc. at the Northern Ireland Science Park, Belfast.

Based in Gaithersburg, Maryland the US firm is the leading worldwide provider of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) applications for the telecommunications industry.

In 2006, BroadSoft® located its European headquarters in Belfast. In October 2009, the company confirmed further expansion plans, supported by Invest Northern Ireland, that will see up to 23 software developers employed within the next three to five years.

The Minister said: “For a globally respected high tech company to not only choose Belfast as the location for its European Headquarters, but to invest in a further expansion only three years later, is a strong endorsement of our local talent pool and knowledge infrastructure.

“Invest NI is increasingly attracting this type of high quality investment from world leading companies and its reputation as a global hub for technology based businesses is growing. This new facility in the Northern Ireland Science Park now provides BroadSoft with the opportunity to progress its growth plans and ensure the company continues to provide world class, real-time technical support and training to its European customers.”

The expansion of BroadSoft’s Belfast operations further establishes the company’s strong presence in Europe, the Middle East, and the Africa (EMEA) region. BroadSoft’s technology is deployed by over 100 service providers in the European market, including Telefonica, T-Systems, TDC, Slovak Telecom, Belgacom and KPN.

BroadSoft’s Vice President of Operations Geoffrey K. Hicks said: “The capacity to innovate lies at the heart of everything we do, and we find Northern Ireland provides an outstanding environment to promote innovation and tap into talent in the region. The infrastructure here is excellent, and will ensure the world’s telecommunications community continues to receive real-time technical support and professional services from our European regional Operations Centre in Belfast.”