FRIDAY, 4 January 2002 -- Project Telecom, a leading UK independent provider of wireless voice and data services to the corporate sector, has signed an agreement with BT Cellnet to resell BlackBerry, the secure, wireless business information system, into the UK corporate and SME market.
Tim Radford, Project Telecom’s Chief Executive, said: “Our strategy for exploiting the opportunities from next-generation wireless services is to position Project Telecom as “prime contractor” responsible for the delivery of data solutions, and all aspects of customer service, to the business market. This agreement, which makes Project Telecom the only company able to offer both BlackBerry and OfficeLive in the UK, demonstrates that our partners recognise the value of the relationships we have established within the corporate sector.”
Developed by Research In Motion, the Canadian mobile communications company, BlackBerry enables business executives to receive and send e-mails and SMS messages over wireless networks, without having to dial in or initiate connections. It also allows access to desktop applications such as address book, calendar and task lists, providing real-time Personal Information Management 24 hours a day. The solution utilises BlackBerry Enterprise Server software, installed alongside the corporate server behind the corporate firewall, to copy, compress and encrypt messages for forwarding over GPRS to a wireless handheld device. In the UK messages are delivered over the GPRS network of BT Cellnet.
BlackBerry is compatible with Microsoft Exchange and incorporates Triple DES encryption technology. Since its US launch in January 1999, it has experienced substantial demand and is now used by approximately 9,700 companies across North America.
BlackBerry customers will be contracted via Project Telecom with BT Cellnet, Project Telecom receiving a share of the revenues generated from sales of BlackBerry Enterprise Servers, Client Access Licences and “Blackberry by BT Cellnet” wireless handheld devices and monthly service charges. Project Telecom will retain ownership of all billing.
James Moberly, Product Marketing Director of Project Telecom’s Corporate Services division, commented: “We believe there is substantial pent-up demand for BlackBerry in the UK that should soon result in new revenue for Project Telecom.”
For further information contact:
Tim Radford - Chief Executive
Mobile: 07831 642911
James Moberly – Product Marketing Director
Project Telecom Corporate Services
Mobile: 07771 550001
Tel: 020 7444 4177
Tel: 020 7444 4176
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