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TUNISIE TELECOM, Alcatel-Lucent and RIM launch the BlackBerry Solution in Tunisia


Paris - TUNISIE TELECOM, a global telecom operator in Tunisia, Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced the commercial launch of the BlackBerry® solution in Tunisia. TUNISIE TELECOM’s 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, make phone calls, send and receive text and picture messages, as well as access a wide variety of business and leisure applications on the move.

At launch, TUNISIE TELECOM will offer its customers the BlackBerry® Pearl™ 8100, BlackBerry® Pearl™ 8120, BlackBerry® Curve™ 8320, BlackBerry® 8800 and BlackBerry® Bold™ 9000 smartphones as well as service on BlackBerry® Enterprise Server and BlackBerry® Internet Service.

Based on its distribution agreement with RIM, Alcatel-Lucent will leverage its strong local presence in the region to provide TUNISIE TELECOM the end-to-end implementation, launch, and on-going support for delivering the BlackBerry solution to the Tunisian market.

“As the historical operator in Tunisia, our commitment is to efficiently meet the market demand and provide our professional customer with best of class communications solutions”, said Montassar Ouaili, CEO, TUNISIE TELECOM. “We are pleased to offer the BlackBerry smartphones - an innovative and revolutionary solution already used by millions of subscribers worldwide.”

With the BlackBerry solution TUNISIE TELECOM’s enterprise customers will enjoy a competitive advantage with secure communications and productivity increases. The users of this innovative solution will enjoy the opportunity of being connected with the office without using a computer.

“This agreement strengthens Alcatel-Lucent’s leading position worldwide and in the region,” said Vincenzo Nesci, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s activities in the Middle East & Africa. “TUNISIE TELECOM will expand their business opportunity and enable their customers to benefit from the high flexibility offered by BlackBerry smartphones for staying connected any time and everywhere.”

“We are pleased to work with Alcatel-Lucent and TUNISIE TELECOM to deploy the BlackBerry solution in Tunisia. The BlackBerry solution remains the perfect choice for organizations and individuals that strive to be more productive,” said Mark Guibert, Vice President, Corporate Marketing at Research In Motion


TUNISIE TELECOM has the leadership in the Tunisian telecommunications market, incumbent multi services operator, proposing fixed, mobile and data transmission. TUNISIE TELECOM represents today proximity, accessibility and universality values always aiming a better service quality and customer satisfaction.

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 external or external

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About Alcatel-Lucent
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is the trusted partner of service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, providing solutions to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. A leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications and services, Alcatel-Lucent leverages the unrivalled technical and scientific expertise of Bell Labs, one of the largest innovation powerhouses in the communications industry. With operations in more than 130 countries and the most experienced global services organization in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with a global reach. Alcatel-Lucent achieved revenues of Euro 16.98 billion in 2008 and is incorporated in France, with executive offices located in Paris. For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet:


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