A Belfast company has secured a multi-million dollar contract with a US corporation to provide mobile computing via the internet.
The three-year deal between Aepona and Virginia-based Neustar Inc aims to develop new mobile and web-based applications to change how smartphone users work, shop and socialise. It will create at least ten jobs in Northern Ireland.
A spokesman for Aepona said: "That represents a significant opportunity for Aepona. Its software is currently used by 25 major telecoms companies."
Aepona's chief financial officer, Michael Black, said while mobile operators will continue to be major customers, the emergence of mobile cloud (internet-based information storage) providers such as Neustar means the company is now gearing up for rapidly increasing demand for its software products.
"We anticipate that the new markets opening up will drive further significant growth for Aepona over the next few years. To support this, we are planning to increase our workforce by around 15% in the near term," Mr Black said.
"The expansion will involve a number of new highly specialised leading edge technical positions in Belfast. Further recruitment is likely in the medium term, both in Belfast and at our other overseas locations."