BlackBerry Now Available on Hutch Network in India
December 14, 2006 - Mumbai, India and Waterloo, ON - Hutch, one of India’s leading telecom service providers, and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, today announced the availability of BlackBerry® for Hutch’s mobile customers in India. With the launch of BlackBerry, Hutch’s corporate customers will now be able to enjoy the trusted and popular BlackBerry solution that supports wireless access to email, phone, text messaging, browser, organizer and other mobile data applications. The introduction of BlackBerry further reinforces Hutch’s strong presence in the enterprise mobility segment.
On the occasion, Mr. Harit Nagpal, Director Marketing, Hutchison Essar Ltd. said “BlackBerry is a unique and powerful tool that provides seamless connectivity for our customers, even while they are traveling. We are delighted to be able to offer this brilliant service to our customers.”
Designed for corporate customers, BlackBerry® Enterprise Server tightly integrates with Microsoft® Exchange, IBM Lotus® Domino® and Novell® GroupWise® and works with existing enterprise systems to enable secure, push-based wireless access to email and other corporate data.
With this launch, Hutch also brings to its corporate customers the BlackBerry® Mobile Data System (MDS). A key component of the BlackBerry platform, BlackBerry® MDS provides a complete and optimized framework for creating, deploying and managing wireless applications for BlackBerry handsets. BlackBerry MDS leverages the industry-leading security, unique push-based architecture, reliability and administrative features of the BlackBerry platform to provide organizations with an easy and flexible environment for extending mobile applications to users.
According to Norm Lo, Vice President of Asia Pacific at Research In Motion, “Hutch is a strategic partner for RIM and we’re pleased to be working together to expand the reach of BlackBerry in India. Hutch’s strong presence in the enterprise market will help us reach and serve more mobile professionals, allowing them to enjoy enhanced communications, collaboration and productivity.”
In addition to BlackBerry Enterprise Server, Hutch also offers BlackBerry® Internet Service for individuals and smaller businesses. This service allows users to access up to ten corporate and personal email accounts (including Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and most popular ISP email accounts) from a single device.
BlackBerry handsets immediately available on the Hutch network in India include the BlackBerry® 7130g, BlackBerry® 8700g, and BlackBerry® 7290. Hutch will also soon launch the new BlackBerry Pearl - a breakthrough handset that combines one of the smallest and lightest smartphones in the world with the full BlackBerry experience.
About Hutchison Essar
Hutchison Essar with over 22.27 million* mobile users under the Hutch brand, is one of the most reputed telecom companies in India. Over the years, it has been named the ’Most Respected Telecom Company’, the ’Best Mobile Service in the country’, and the ’Most Creative and Most Effective Advertiser of the Year’.
*Figures from Cellular Operators Association of India, Oct 30, 2006
About Research In Motion (RIM)
Research In Motion is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. Through the development of integrated hardware, software and services that support multiple wireless network standards, RIM provides platforms and solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information including email, phone, SMS messaging, Internet and intranet-based applications. RIM technology also enables a broad array of third party developers and manufacturers to enhance their products and services with wireless connectivity to data. RIM’s portfolio of award-winning products, services and embedded technologies are used by thousands of organizations around the world and include the BlackBerry® wireless platform, the RIM Wireless Handheld product line, software development tools, radio-modems and software/hardware licensing agreements. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. RIM is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market (Nasdaq: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM). For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.
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