palmOne announced today that it will open an engineering center in Dublin, Ireland, the company’s first such facility in Europe.
This will focus on speeding up the process of getting palmOne’s Treo smartphones certified for use on the networks of European wireless carriers.
Francois Bornibus, vice president, palmOne EMEA, said, “The European carriers are known for cutting-edge technology including the introduction of 3G networks and advanced messaging applications, and this center will help the company align its products to take best advantage of high-speed networks being deployed in Europe.”
The center is going to work on the complete product: this includes radio technology and carrier specific services and applications.
The European center will be located in Swords, near Dublin’s International airport and is scheduled to open this summer.
Speeding Time to Market
palmOne executives recently warned that some products they had hoped would ship early in the current fiscal quarter will actually ship later in this quarter or might even not be available until this summer.
They blamed the delays on the often slow process of getting smartphones certified for use by wireless carriers. The engineering center in Dublin will help speed up this process in Europe.
“One of our corporate initiatives is to deliver more smartphones to more carriers faster,” said Ed Colligan, palmOne president and interim chief executive officer.
The company’s latest smartphone, the Treo 650, is being offered by Orange in the United Kingdom, France, and Switzerland. It is available in Italy through Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM).