A multi-million pound investment by US telecoms firm Mformation Technologies Inc should create up to 162 new hi-tech jobs in Belfast.
Economy Minister Nigel Dodds today announced the investment, secured by Invest Northern Ireland, which will see specialist mobile telecoms firm Mformation establish a centre of technical excellence in Belfast.
Mformation is a global leader in the provision of mobile device management software to many of the world’s leading wireless network operators, including Vodafone, Telefonica, T-Mobile, Sprint Nextel and Telus.
Making the announcement, the Minister said: “Mformation’s decision to locate in Northern Ireland is testament to our strong knowledge base, ICT infrastructure and talented people.
“This region has a growing cluster of hi-tech companies servicing the international mobile telecoms industry. A firm of Mformation’s calibre and global market reach will add significant value to this sector by delivering an estimated £5million per annum in wages and salaries into the local economy, and will ensure that talented local graduates and experienced ICT professionals have an opportunity to showcase their skills at an international level.”
Mformation’s technology is helping to increase demand for mobile data devices and services by improving the customer experience, streamlining the delivery of new data services applications as well as lowering costs.
The new Mformation development and technical support centre in Belfast is expected to create up to 162 new high value technical jobs, and will become a primary global engineering and technical services facility for the development of the company’s sophisticated device management solutions. Invest NI has offered assistance totalling £2.1million in support of the project.
Mark Edwards, CEO, Mformation added: “Northern Ireland offers us an outstanding location option for our growing company, particularly because of the region’s high quality skills, recognized excellence for academic and industry focused research, and a compatible business and legal environment supporting the protection of Intellectual Property.
“The Belfast operation will become a centre of technical excellence and as a key strategic development facility, it will offer advanced career opportunities for skilled people across Northern Ireland. Specifically, this new facility will increase capability in our global engineering and product development functions and ensure that Mformation continues to provide the most advanced and diverse range of Mobile Device Management solutions available in today’s global market.”