Leading figures from Northern Ireland’s wireless technology sector recently addressed a Dublin business audience to outline future opportunities in this burgeoning area.
At a breakfast seminar sponsored by Invest Northern Ireland, Denis Murphy of Mobile Cohesion and Martin Bradley, Axis Three, demonstrated the potential of the state-of-the-art technology developed in their companies.
The seminar was an opportunity to showcase expertise of NI companies in the area of third generation (3G) wireless technology and highlight the growing strength of the sector in the north.
Professor Terri Scott, Managing Director of Entrepreneurship in Invest NI says: “Mobile Cohesion and Axis Three are two of Northern Ireland’s growing cluster in this niche area of wireless applications. Others include Openwave, Amphion and Aepona.
“Northern Ireland is fast becoming a centre of excellence in this area. We have significant expertise available in the universities and a highly developed telecoms infrastructure which makes it the ideal place for setting up and developing this type of business.
“ Invest NI has a dedicated team with expertise in dealing with high potential new business ventures, which is working with entrepreneurs to fast-track business in highly specialised areas such as 3G technology. We’re currently helping companies such as Axis Three and Mobile Cohesion to commercialise their technology and invest in further R&D to keep them at the forefront of their fields.”
It is estimated that service revenues from 3G networks will reach some £173 billion by 2010, £126 billion of which will be generated by new mobile data services. The success of the wireless internet will be largely dependent on the variety, quality and attraction of the applications available to the users.
The breakfast seminar was also supported by Investnet and Wireless Wednesday.