Telefonica Moviles Espana (TME), a subsidiary of the Telefonica Moviles Group, and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced an agreement to sell the BlackBerry solution to enterprise customers in Spain. Commercial availability is expected during the first quarter of 2003. As a result of this agreement, Telefonica Moviles becomes the first operator to sell BlackBerry in Spain and completes the range of data services TME offers its corporate customers under the Oficin@ MoviStar umbrella.
BlackBerry supports Microsoft(r) Exchange and IBM Lotus(r) Domino(tm) corporate email systems and provides business users with secure, 'always on', single-mailbox integration with their email inbox and calendar. Emails and calendar appointments are 'pushed' directly to and from the user's BlackBerry Wireless Handheld; there is no need to dial in.
BlackBerry handhelds in Spain will carry Telefonica MoviStar SIM cards and feature a built-in phone, with short text messaging and complete personal organizer functionality. The overall solution also includes BlackBerry Enterprise Server software, installed alongside the company email system behind the corporate firewall, and desktop software for the user's PC.
Welcoming the agreement, Charles Meyer, Director and Vice President of RIM Europe said: "BlackBerry is designed to leverage the power of Telefonica Moviles' advanced GPRS network and offer corporate customers a new level of productivity and value from wireless connectivity. Together, RIM and Telefonica Moviles will deliver the secure, proven and standards-based BlackBerry platform for the first time in Spain and help drive demand for converged voice and data services."
Luis Ezcurra, Services Development General Manager of Telefonica Moviles Espana said: "With this agreement we strengthen our corporate data services portfolio based on GPRS technology under the Oficin@ MoviStar brand. We also begin a technical and commercial relationship with RIM, a leader in wireless solutions for enterprises."
BlackBerry is the leading wireless platform for corporate customers and has been adopted by thousands of enterprises and government organizations in Europe, Asia Pacific and North America. Specifically designed to meet the needs of both end users and IT departments, BlackBerry incorporates the industry's best hardware, software and services to provide a seamless, end-to-end solution. BlackBerry Wireless Handhelds leverage RIM's advanced technologies and infrastructure together with Java 2 Micro Edition (J2ME) and TME's GSM/GPRS wireless network to provide a compelling and effortless experience.