RantNetwork and Etihad-Etisalat (Mobily) Sign Mobile App Distribution Agreement
RantNetwork announces the signing of a Middle East, North Africa, and Asian distribution agreement for its COMMUNILATORô mobile phone translation application with Etihad-Etisalat.
- (1888PressRelease) March 09, 2012 - Bloomsburg, Pa. and Riyadh, KSA - RantNetwork, developers of translation applications for Smartphones and Etihad-Etisalat, providers of telephony, data, fixed, and mobile telecom services in Saudi Arabia today announced the signing of an exclusive distribution agreement for RantNetwork's Communilator Mobile phone translation app.
Communilator is the world's most advanced mobile phone language translation application capable of recognizing and translating foreign text (books, newspapers, menus, etc.) in 44 languages and dialects captured with the mobile phone camera; of delivering translations in over 3,000 language-pairs; of providing High-Quality (HQ) Speech for translations in 21 foreign languages; of bilingual communications through SMS and email; and of seamless integration with Apple's Siri and Google's Iris Voice Recognition facility for source language input.
"This contract represent Mobily's ongoing effort to maintain leadership in data applications and services" says Thamer A. Al Jofi, Content Product Manager, Etihad-Etisalat. "RantNetwork has created a truly innovative app with its pioneering voice, speech and photo translation features. Its duel Arabic/English user interface for the iPhone and iPad is unique in the marketplace. We look forward to our distribution partnership with RantNetwork and its impact in meeting the translation needs of our customers and the many millions of visitors each year to the KSA".
Etihad-Etisalat, also known by its trade name Mobily, is Saudi Arabia fastest growing telecom carrier and owned by a consortium led by UAE firm Etisalat. Etisalat is one of the largest Mobile network operators in the world, with over 150,000,000 subscribers in 18 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.
"The significance of this contract for a relatively young company like RantNetwork cannot be over emphasized. The customer base, reputation and marketing power of Mobily and Etisalat cannot be matched by any other telecom carrier in that part of the world" said Kenneth Volet, CEO at RantNetwork. "The year long rigorous procedure to conclude this contract included a six month US State Department approval process. The distribution contract covers all of the Communilator platforms including iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry and Android in both English and Arabic versions".
Founded in 2007, RantNetwork, Inc. has become the Leader in Image and Text Translation Services for the Global Communications Market. RantNetwork's early vision of a mobile application which combines the text scanner function with machine translation technology was an industry first. The labors of that vision have given birth to Communilator, a "best of breed" solution based on the fusion of mobile, internet and machine language translation technologies incorporating the latest voice synthesizers and photo recognition technology available.
Etihad-Etisalat (Mobily) was established in 2004 by a consortium led by Etisalat, the UAE based telecom conglomerate. Mobily is the official brand name of Etihad-Etisalat, renowned as the second mobile service provider in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The awarded 25-Year telecommunication mobile license was complemented by a subsequent purchase of a 3G license. Mobily is the 1st Saudi communications company to get an operation license for 3rd generation services and beyond. In December 2004, Mobily was listed on Tadawul Stock Exchange. Today, Mobily equates to 40%+ market share of the mobile subscriptions in the Kingdom.