Mobile applications centre to support Welsh SMEs

A £4.9m centre of excellence to help smaller businesses in Wales take advantage of emerging mobile technologies has been announced by Welsh deputy first minister Ieuan Wyn Jones.

The Centre of Excellence in Mobile Applications and Services (CEMAS) will be based at Glamorgan University. The venture is backed by £2.4m from the EU’s Convergence European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Assembly Government.

The centre will serve small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), providing them with the means to design, develop, test and protect the creation of new mobile phone services and applications.

Ieuan Wyn Jones said: ’This is a substantial investment in 21st century mobile technology – an investment in the future of our economy and another example of successful collaboration between the Welsh Assembly Government, universities and the private sector.’

As part of the initiative, a dedicated commercial manager will assist SMEs to identify market opportunities, demonstrate products to a wide range of existing telecommunications firms and help ensure that products reach their intended markets.