Leading Communications Firm Expands Location-Based Services in MENA Region

TeleCommunication Systems Inc. (TSC), a world leader in secure and highly reliable wireless communication technology, has expanded its presence in the Middle East by adding two of the largest mobile network operators in the region to its customer portfolio. With more than 22 million mobile subscribers combined, the two mobile network operators are utilising TCS' Location-Based Services (LBS) solutions to meet the rapidly growing demand for mobile internet offerings in one of the strongest markets for smartphone growth worldwide. The combined value of the two contracts is approximately $3 million.

The announcement comes as a reaction to a rise in smartphone shipments across the MENA region, which totalled 155 million units in 2015; increasing 66 percent year-on-year during the first quarter of last year, according to recent figures announced by the International Data Corporation (IDC).

Research conducted by GSMA Intelligence’s research division supports this trend, predicting in its 2014 report that Middle East and North Africa will become the fastest growing market in the world for mobile data traffic; with an anticipated 70 percent compound annual growth rate from 2013 to 2018.

Recognised by Frost & Sullivan as the only true end-to-end LBS provider globally, TCS provides a time-tested, comprehensive and flexible solution that includes applications, infrastructure, mapping and content. ABI Research and Informa Telecoms & Media rank TCS as the second largest global provider of location infrastructure.

With one of the two mobile operators, TCS has also deployed its Location Gateway product with Middleware functions, as well as its Operations Support System (OSS).

With the second mobile operator, TCS has partnered to deploy a Passive Location Based Services system, and Enhanced Cell ID (eCID), A-GPS, and Observed Time Difference of Arrival (OTDOA) position engines.

TCS Commercial Software Group President Jay Whitehurst said: “Remarkable advances in Middle East broadband and mobile location technologies are fuelling increased demand for services that use them from enterprises and subscribers. TCS' 20-plus years of LBS experience and end-to-end LBS portfolio have led to deployment of our products by two of the largest Middle East mobile network operators. We are pleased to partner with these leading operators to help shape the future of location technology in this dynamic region.”