MADRID, SPAIN AND WATERLOO, ON, 16 Jan. - 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 theBlackBerry 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.
About Telefonica Moviles Espana
Telefonica Moviles Espana http://www.empresa.movistar.com is the operator of Telefonica Moviles Group in Spain, where it has more than 18.1 million active customers and offers a comprehensive portfolio of data services and applications using the latest mobile technologies, including GPRS. Telefonica Moviles http://www.telefonicamoviles.com is one of the world's largest mobile telephony groups, with a presence in 14 countries and over 33.5 million active managed customers. The company is a leader in the growth markets of Spain and Latin America and also has operations in the Mediterranean Basin. Shares in Telefonica Moviles are traded on the New York Stock Exchange and on Spanish stock exchanges under the symbol TEM.
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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(TM) wireless platform, the RIM Wireless Handheld(TM) 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 http://www.rim.com
For further information: Telefonica Moviles Espana:
Tel: +34 680 01 86 00,
Fax: +34 680 01 78 71,
Tilly Quanjer, Press Relations Manager, Europe, RIM
Tel: +44 (0)1784 223987
Joanna Lane/Vicky Steel
Brodeur Worldwide for RIM
+44 (0)1753 790700
The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties of Research In Motion Limited. All other brands, products and company names mentioned herein may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.
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