Leading US cloud networking firm GTT sets up in Belfast
Up to 12 new jobs with an average salary of just under £37,000 are to be created with a US-based communications company sets up in Belfast.
GTT provides cloud networking services globally, and the new Belfast centre will support its growing base of multinational clients.
The firm is headquartered in Washington DC and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
The Belfast 'global network operations centre' will be located in the Northern Ireland Science Park and the investment is being supported by Invest NI, which has offered £84,000 of assistance towards the posts, which will generate more than £440,000 annually in additional salaries.
Rick Calder, chief executive and president of GTT, said that the firm is experiencing tremendous growth with more than 2,000 clients in over 100 countries.
"To keep pace with this growth, we are opening another global network operations centre to broaden our capabilities of providing superior service to our clients with simplicity, speed and agility," he said.
Geoffrey K Hicks, GTT's senior vice president of operations and engineering, added: "GTT selected Belfast due to the quality and depth of the highly skilled workforce that Northern Ireland has to offer, its network infrastructure and support from Invest NI."
Alastair Hamilton, chief executive of Invest Northern Ireland, said that GTT is the latest international company to choose Northern Ireland as a location for investment and will strengthen the growing IT telecoms and network servicing sector.
"The company was drawn to Northern Ireland by the available specialist skills here and the support offered by Invest NI," he said.
"It was also influenced by the very positive experience that other US companies have had here."
What does GTT do?
The company says it "operates a global Tier 1 Ip network with the most interconnected ethernet service platform around the world". In layman's terms that means providing cloud networking services for global companies with the key unique selling point being speed of service. It operates in 24 countries though a series of cables, nine of which run under the Atlantic.
Why is it setting up base in Northern Ireland?
In essence, the people, the connectivity and a little financial incentive. Chief executive Rick Calder said the company chose Belfast because of the "highly skilled workforce that Northern Ireland has to offer, and its excellent network infrastructure and support from Invest NI".