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Zain Saudi Arabia, Alcatel-Lucent and RIM Launch the BlackBerry Solution in Saudi Arabia


Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Paris, France and Waterloo, Canada - Zain Saudi Arabia, part of Zain group operating in 20 countries in the Middle East and Africa, Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced the launch of the BlackBerry® solution for Zain customers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Zain customers will now be able to enjoy the benefits of enhanced communications and increased productivity by using a BlackBerry® smartphone to access email, browse the web and access a wide variety of other business and leisure applications on the move.

Based on its distribution agreement with RIM, Alcatel-Lucent is leveraging its strong local presence in the region to provide Zain Saudi Arabia with the project management, end-to-end implementation, installation, commissioning and on-going support for delivering the BlackBerry solution to the Saudi market. With Alcatel-Lucent managing integration and deployment, Zain Saudi Arabia can focus on delivering customer facing services, enabling the operator to quickly meet market demand.
“The launch of the BlackBerry solution, demonstrates Zain’s commitment to achieving the highest levels of service at the most competitive prices for its customers,” said Ismaeel Mohammed Fikree, Chief Operations Officer, Zain Saudi Arabia.

“This project strengthens Alcatel-Lucent’s position worldwide and in the region,” said Vincenzo Nesci, Vice-president of Alcatel-Lucent’s activities in the Middle East and Africa. “Zain Saudi Arabia will expand their business opportunity and enable their customers to benefit from the productivity and flexibility offered by the BlackBerry solution.”

“We are pleased to work with Alcatel-Lucent to introduce the BlackBerry solution to Zain customers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. BlackBerry smartphones are the right choice for people who want to stay connected to colleagues, friends and family,” said Mark Guibert, Vice President of Corporate Marketing at RIM.

At launch Zain Saudi Arabia will offer customers the BlackBerry® Curve™ 8900, BlackBerry® Bold™, BlackBerry® Pearl™ 8120 and BlackBerry® Pearl™ Flip 8220 smartphones as well as service with BlackBerry® Enterprise Server and BlackBerry® Internet Service. Now Zain customers in the Kingdom will enjoy the freedom of using a BlackBerry smartphone for staying connected to people and information whenever they wish.

The BlackBerry Bold smartphone is a communications and multimedia powerhouse. It is the first BlackBerry smartphone to support tri-band HSDPA high-speed networks around the world and comes with integrated GPS and Wi-Fi® (802.11 a/b/g). The BlackBerry Curve 8900 includes GPS and Wi-Fi and packs a wide range of advanced communications and multimedia capabilities into a compact and stylish design - it is the thinnest and lightest full-QWERTY BlackBerry smartphone available. As with all BlackBerry smartphones, both handsets give users the industry’s leading mobile email and messaging solution together with easy access to a wide range of other mobile business and consumer applications.

Both the BlackBerry Pearl 8120 and BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 are sleek, stylish smartphones that are Wi-Fi –enabled. They feature ultra-small designs, while still providing a wide range of features that users have come to love about BlackBerry smartphones, including powerful phone, email, messaging, organiser, browser and multimedia applications.

BlackBerry Enterprise Server is designed specifically for organisations that manage their own email servers. The BlackBerry Enterprise Server software tightly integrates with IBM® Lotus® Domino®, Microsoft® Exchange and Novell® GroupWise® and uses advanced encryption and IT policy controls to enable secure, push-based wireless access to email and other corporate data.

BlackBerry Internet Service is designed for smaller businesses and individuals. It allows customers to access up to 10 supported corporate and personal email accounts (including most popular ISP email accounts, such as Yahoo! Mail and Google Mail) from a single BlackBerry smartphone.


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