Northern Ireland technology helps keep YouTube and Facebook in business

May 11, 2011

Photography by Michael Cooper.

In picture is (left) David Simms, Sales and Marketing Director of Yelo Ltd in Carrickfergus, with Vicky Kell, Invest NI Trade Director.

Yelo Ltd in Carrickfergus has won new contracts worth £250,000 for its cutting-edge test systems from major US telecommunications companies, following its participation in an Invest Northern Ireland trade mission to the market.

The company designs, develops and manufactures sophisticated automated test equipment for testing and measuring the performance of lasers, radar systems and electronic products. It now supplies 70% of laser reliability systems used for the latest 40Gbps and 100Gbps networks to ensure the smooth operation of popular websites such as YouTube and Facebook.

Last year, the company secured contract worth in the region of £500,000. The latest contracts are with ‘blue chip’ clients in the Boston area and will further strengthen Yelo’s reputation as a pioneer of sophisticated laser technology for the global photonics industry.

The new US business was announced by David Simms, Yelo’s Sales and Marketing Director, and welcomed by Dr Vicky Kell, Invest NI Trade Director.

Mr Simms said: “Global companies in key industries such as telecoms are increasingly depending on our technology because systems have become so sophisticated and mission critical.”

“Systems are now dependent upon micro optical electronic devices and any failure can impact very adversely on a company’s overall performance and reputation.”

“What our technology does very effectively is to provide laser reliability data and prevent defective laser components getting into operational networks in the first place.”

“Invest NI’s encouragement and practical support has been invaluable. We have been able to develop our advanced technology through R&D assistance and then to bring the technology to market by means of trade missions, particularly the US market, still our biggest and now our most successful source of business.”

Dr Kell said: “The achievements of this small company demonstrate that it is possible to succeed in high-tech manufacturing from Northern Ireland. It is immensely encouraging and a great example to other companies of what can be achieved through investment in innovation targeted at key markets such as the US.”

“Yelo is competing successfully and has firmly established itself as an industry leader in sophisticated testing equipment in a fast moving and demanding sector. Major businesses in technology now depend on Yelo to enable them to provide sophisticated products to their global customer base.”

“Our regular missions to the US enable local companies to showcase their expertise to businesses there and to keep abreast of developments in the world’s biggest and most important technology hub. Yelo’s achievements show that a smaller business from Northern Ireland can compete and win in this hugely important market for new technology.”

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