RantNetwork announces the signing of a Middle East, North Africa, and Asian distribution agreement for its COMMUNILATORTM mobile phone translation application with Etihad-Etisalat.
Bloomsburg, Pa. and Riyadh, KSA – RantNetwork, developers of translation applications for Smart Phones and Mobily, the leading telecom company in Saudi Arabia announced the signing of an exclusive distribution agreement for RantNetwork’s Communilator Mobile phone translation app.
Communilator is the world’s first 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 Voice Recognition for translation input; and of seamless integration with SMS and email.
“This contract represent Mobily’s ongoing effort to maintain leadership in data applications and services” says Saad Mumen, Director Digital Media, Mobily.. “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 Saudi Arabia”.
“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 UAE’s 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 Droid”.
Founded in 2006, 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.
Mobily launched its commercial services to the public on May 25, 2005 and became the first Saudi 3G mobile operator. The UAE’s Etisalat owns 27.46 percent of Mobily’s shares, while the Saudi government and private investors own the remainder. In 2006, the GSM World Association described Mobily as the fastest growing operator in the MENA region. By Q2 2007, Mobily claimed a 39% market share. In September 2008, Mobily bought Bayanat Al Oula, months after launching the first unlimited mobile Internet package that allows subscribers to connect at the highest speed in the MENA region.