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News : Irish Last Updated: Apr 24, 2009 - 5:31:05 PM

Martin targets €530 billion global mobile phone market: Ireland promoted as a ‘centre of excellence’ at World Mobile Congress in Barcelona
By Finfacts Team
Feb 13, 2008 - 6:50:32 AM

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The  Minister  for  Enterprise,  Trade  and Employment, Micheál Martin, has confirmed that Ireland is to be further developed as a centre of excellence for new mobile phone technology.

The  Minister  was speaking at the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona where in Martin's words, 21  "cutting  edge"  Irish firms, with the support of Enterprise Ireland, are exhibiting  their  expertise  to 60,000  trade  visitors  from some of the world’s largest network operators.

The  firms  are  in  the  Ireland  Pavilion "which is expected to be a major attraction  at  the  Congress", according to Martin.  Ireland  has one of the highest levels of company participation at the event.

Minister Martin said that “The telecoms sector has shown enormous growth in Ireland  in  recent  years  with  exports  of software and hardware for the sector  more than  doubling  since 2005, with forecasts that they will hit €260  million  this  year. The 21 companies exhibiting in Barcelona employ over 800 people in Ireland.”

“Irish  firms  have  taken  a  lead  in looking to the future of the mobile phone. They  are  developing  new technology which can be used in wireless security systems, ticketing systems, weather forecasting, entertainment and even the remote monitoring of internet use by child.”

“Our  expertise  has  been  recognised  across the globe. During our recent Enterprise Ireland Trade Mission to South Africa it was clear that there is a  demand  for  Irish  expertise  in  the delivery not just of mobile phone services but also in wireless broadband into remote areas.”

“While  there  are  currently 3.2 billion people worldwide using phones and other  mobile technology, there are forecasts for further massive growth in markets in Africa and Asia.”

“The  Government  is  fully  committed  to  the  continued development of a strong,  highly  innovative  and  export  led wireless industry in Ireland. Events  such as Barcelona serve as an important reminder to leading players in  the  industry  that Irish firms are at the cutting edge in the research and development of new technology”,
concluded Martin.

Finfacts Comment: We wish the 21 Irish companies well and they know that life is tougher in the business world than what is conveyed by the former school teacher Micheál Martin's superlatives.

Our  expertise  has  been  recognised  across the globe....that would surely be a good thing but does it require a reality check?

On Tuesday, Minister Martin said that Limerick is playing a key role in supporting transition to a knowledge economy, when he announced 75 jobs at two US firms.

Inconvenient truths such as the top Irish tech firm IONA Technology struggling and currently the subject of takeover speculation are of course not addressed.

As for promoting Ireland as a platform for extending broadband services elsewhere, what can one seriously say?

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