Orascom Telecom strikes BlackBerry deal

Orascom Telecom has struck a deal to support Research In Motion’s BlackBerry wireless solutions for mobile customers across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.

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By  Stuart Wilson Published  May 10, 2005

Orascom Telecom has struck a deal to support Research In Motion’s (RIM) BlackBerry wireless solutions for mobile customers across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. BlackBerry will operate on Orascom’s GSM and GPRS networks with international roaming supported in countries where Orascom already has GPRS roaming agreements in place. “Orascom Telecom is committed to providing its customers with the most powerful mobile communications tools available and we are therefore pleased to be working with RIM to introduce BlackBerry, the internationally popular wireless solution, to our subscribers,” said Ossama Bessada, services development director at Orascom. “By using BlackBerry from Orascom, mobile customers will enhance the way they communicate at work and in their personal lives, increasing their productivity, efficiency and responsiveness.” BlackBerry devices offer users always-on, push-based, mobile access to e-mail and other communications and information for both individual and corporate customers. Using the device, Orascom users will be able to remotely access and manage e-mail, appointments, contacts and even access corporate applications in some cases. “BlackBerry is an extremely powerful business tool that provides an advanced wireless solution for communication and information which will enable our customers to be wirelessly connected throughout the day. It is also an excellent opportunity for international travelers visiting the countries we operate in to roam on our networks and connect directly to their offices using this highly developed technology,” added Emad Farid, executive officer for operations control at Orascom. The service will be available for use with the BlackBerry 7290 wireless handheld and the BlackBerry 7100g business phone. For corporate customers, the BlackBerry Enterprise Server software offers the potential for tight integration with Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and Novell GroupWise as well as other existing enterprise systems. “BlackBerry is designed to provide mobile professionals with the best combined wireless email, phone and data experience and that optimised mobile experience has fuelled its adoption by over three million subscribers worldwide,” said Mark Guibert, VP corporate marketing at RIM. “BlackBerry also provides a secure, standards-based, robust and extensible platform for a wide range of wireless enterprise applications. We are very pleased to work with Orascom Telecom to bring BlackBerry to its customers in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.” Individuals and small businesses can also take advantage of the BlackBerry Internet Service, which allows users to access up ten e-mail accounts — including both business and personal accounts — from a single device. Orascom plans to announce full pricing and availability details at a later date. Orascom currently operates GSM networks in Algeria, Egypt, Pakistan, Iraq, Bangladesh, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe. The operator ended 2004 with a total subscriber base in excess of 14 million.

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