Northern Ireland Technology 'First' for Iceland Telecom

Oct 13, 2004

Mobile Cohesion, the Belfast-based developer of innovative technology for mobile phone networks, has been awarded a contract by Siminn (Iceland Telecom).

Mobile Cohesion, the Belfast-based developer of innovative technology for mobile phone networks, has been awarded a contract by Siminn (Iceland Telecom).

Siminn is using Mobile Cohesion’s Hydra product to expand messaging services, including photographs taken using a mobile phone and internet focused services provided by its mobile network to customers.

The company is the first to apply Mobile Cohesion’s new product, launched in the middle of December, to manage its own messaging services and the content sourced from external suppliers.

Denis Murphy, Mobile Cohesion’s executive chairman, said the Belfast company’s technicians had worked closely with Siminn in the implementation of the unique technology, which had been developed with assistance from Compete, Invest NI’s programme that helps turn leading-edge research into commercial product.

“Hydra is working well and is enabling Siminn to focus on services for customers by bringing the Internet straight through to subscriber phones, and also allowing the company to develop additional revenue from new business opportunities.

“Siminn’s innovative approach to delivering wireless services means that the network has provided a formidable testing ground for Hydra. Hydra’s ability to manage the new services is testimony to its advanced service delivery and control capabilities.”

Tracy Meharg, Invest NI’s managing director of Innovation and Capability Development, said: “Mobile Cohesion is an example of how a company can use our Compete programme to support successful business growth through an ongoing investment in innovation.”

The contract follows successful network trials during the summer in which the two companies successfully tested the product.

Birkir Marteinsson, Siminn’s service network manager, said, “Siminn now has one of the most advanced systems for multi-media messaging anywhere in the world. With Hydra’s incorporation our full service now delivers a total service to subscribers.

“We have seen good growth, for example, in mobile blogging – taking pictures with your phone and sending them straight to the web,” Mr Marteinsson added.

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