DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Vinli is not just for Americans anymore. The Dallas-based connected car platform, with 4G LTE service powered by T-Mobile in the United States, has now expanded its service outside the U.S. to offer the most advanced cloud-connected-car system in the Middle East in partnership with VIVA Bahrain. This collaboration, announced at the Mobile World Congress, with one of the region’s most innovative telecom operators and a subsidiary of the Saudi Telecom Company (STC), marks a major milestone in Vinli’s mission to bring connectivity to the one billion cars on the road today globally.
Vinli’s expansion into the Middle East is driven by growing car usage, vehicle sales and the rising GDP across the region. This is further spurred by the increasing rise in customer demand for car connectivity as a result of internet and mobile usage. Moreover, the expansion is also relevantly scheduled at a time when transport and communications have become Bahrain’s fastest growing sectors, contributing to more than 7% of the Kingdom’s GDP.
“We’re thrilled to bring Vinli to the Middle East as we roll out our international expansion for 2016,” says Vinli’s COO Derek Chapin. “Bahrain is the first of many more countries to come for Vinli. We’re focused this year on meeting the incredible demand for connected vehicle services around the world. VIVA Bahrain is exactly the kind of innovative partner we seek as we continue our global expansion.”
Andrew Hanna, VIVA Bahrain, Chief Commercial Officer added: “Internet of Things is progressing towards impacting everything and in future it will transform the economy, society and the way that we live. With this increasing digitalization, we will be focusing on Cloud computing services across our retail offerings, which is not only going to drive new ways of doing things in communications, but also enable us to explore new avenues.”
“This cloud-based connected car solution offered through our collaboration with Vinli, is the first of many innovative services being introduced. It will deliver a connected-life offering to our customers on our fast 4G network which can extend beyond the home or the office and into the car.”
Bringing Vinli to new regions represents an incredible growth opportunity for the entire connected car industry, including car makers, telecom providers, and software companies. Vinli’s open developer platform continues to expand with more than 2,000 partners and developers across the globe integrating with Vinli’s cloud platform and app marketplace.
Developers today can download Vinli’s free SDKs, generate API keys, and simulate car apps using Virtual Vinli, a powerful prototyping simulator that allows developers anywhere to test builds of their app during development cycles. Once ready, developers can make their apps available to the connected car masses by listing in the Vinli App Catalog.
Vinli has launched market trials in Lebanon, and with other international car makers and carrier partners in preparation of expanding its connected car platform in 2016 to Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Europe, and elsewhere.
Vinli was founded to bring connectivity to every car on the road today. The 4G LTE in-car WiFi connection unlocks virtually unlimited possibilities for safety services, home automation, maintenance, social, and entertainment apps and premium automotive services. As the world’s first open platform for connected car apps, Vinli has only begun to explore these possibilities. Spinning out of the Dialexa Labs incubator in 2014, Vinli officially launched on the TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield stage. The company is now backed by some of the largest automotive and tech companies including Samsung, Cox Automotive, Continental, The Westly Group, and First Round Capital. The company is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, USA. Find out more at vin.li.
About VIVA Bahrain
VIVA Bahrain is a fully owned subsidiary of the Saudi Telecommunications Company (STC) and launched its commercial services in March 2010 with the aim of transforming the telecommunications landscape in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Backed by unrivalled experience, knowledge and vision, VIVA boasts one of the largest and most diversified sales and payment networks of customer touch points in Bahrain. This includes a comprehensive retail network, a user-friendly web portal, 23 retail outlets and over 700 payment channels in addition to its products and services through a distribution channel with over 3,700 outlets spread across the country. For more information, visit www.viva.com.bh.