RIM finds partner in TRA

Research in Motion’s Co-CEO Jim Balsillie yesterday revealed the company had struck a partnership with the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, which means that services such as applications for permits will soon be available via its BlackBerry devices.

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RIM finds partner in TRA Balsillie: Partnership with TRA, du and Etisalat is focused on applications.
By  ITP.net Staff Writer Published  October 19, 2010

Research in Motion’s Co-CEO Jim Balsillie yesterday revealed the company had struck a partnership with the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, which means that services such as applications for permits will soon be available via its BlackBerry devices.

“I am delighted to announce a very special relationship with the TRA and Blackberry with du and Etisalat,” announced Balsille during a special keynote speech yesterday. “We are going to be releasing a partnership on applications on e-government and also specialised consumer services, as well as mobilising enterprise services for the Middle East. One of the things we are working on is advanced e-government services and as you know, there is a new wave of technical innovation going on with mobility from the internet and this is an enormous opportunity for governments to really leap-frog to future kinds of services,” he added.

The new partnership comes just 10 days after the TRA revealed that it would not suspend certain BlackBerry services as it had earlier indicated it could.

Balsillie also used his keynote to unveil the launch of the new BlackBerry Application World 2.0 and said it would be available in Arabic. “[BB App World] is in 21 countries with six languages and we have over 35 million users downloading over 1.5 million applications a day,” he said.

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