ZONG, ALCATEL-LUCENT, AND RIM LAUNCH BLACKBERRY SOLUTION
Dec 14 - 20, 2009
ZONG, the first international brand of China Mobile, Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) launched the BlackBerry solution last week in Pakistan.
Using BlackBerry smart phones, Zong's customers will be able to wirelessly send and receive emails, make phone calls, browse the internet, send text messages and access a wide range of corporate and lifestyle applications while on the move.
Initially, Zong is offering the BlackBerry Curve 8900 and BlackBerry Bold smart phones and a choice of BlackBerry Internet Service or BlackBerry Enterprise Server. The BlackBerry solution will be available immediately with Zong's post-paid packages, providing a range of monthly packages tailored to meet customers' needs.
Under the terms of a distribution agreement with RIM, Alcatel-Lucent will leverage its global integration services and strong local presence in the region to provide Zong with end-to-end implementation, launch, delivery and support services for the BlackBerry solution in the Pakistani market.
Alcatel-Lucentís experience in managing the delivery, technology integration and deployment of the BlackBerry solution will enable Zong to focus on providing the requisite customer services to match anticipated market demand.
"Zong is committed to providing innovative services and expanding its portfolio of advanced telecommunications solutions," said Salman Wassay, Head of Marketing, Zong. "There is increasing demand among our subscribers in both the enterprise and consumer markets to have remote access to their email and calendar information and the launch of the BlackBerry solution exemplifies our commitment to consistently meet our customers' needs. Zong's customers can now enjoy the efficiency gains and security benefits of the BlackBerry solution already known to millions of subscribers across the world."
"This is a dynamic time for carriers such as Zong who are eager to take advantage of market opportunities to deliver converged applications and devices to expand and enrich their service portfolio," said Nicolas Bouverot, Head of Alcatel-Lucent, Middle East. "By providing end-to-end solutions and integration services, Alcatel-Lucent is enabling operators in high-growth economies to efficiently roll out value-added services to their subscriber base."
"We are pleased to work with Alcatel-Lucent and Zong to deploy the BlackBerry solution in Pakistan. The BlackBerry solution continues to lead the industry in providing an optimized and empowering mobile experience for organizations and individuals who want to make the most of their time," said Mark Guibert, Vice President of Corporate Marketing, RIM.
The BlackBerry Curve is a sleek full-QWERTY smart phone that feels comfortable for either one-handed or two-handed use. Its large, striking 2.4 inch HVGA+ display (480x360 pixels) projects vivid color and makes information easy to read. The BlackBerry Curve 8900 provides global connectivity support and helps people stay connected and find their way with built-in Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g) and GPS.
The BlackBerry Bold smartphone is a communications and multimedia powerhouse. It supports tri-band HSDPA high-speed networks around the world and comes with integrated GPS and Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g). It also features a rich set of multimedia capabilities, including a 2 megapixel camera with video recording and an advanced media player for music, videos and pictures.
Zong is offering BlackBerry Enterprise Server for corporate clients, a solution that tightly integrates with IBM Lotus Domino, Microsoft Exchange and Novell GroupWise and works with existing enterprise systems to enable secure, push-based wireless access to email and other corporate data.
For individuals and smaller businesses, BlackBerry Internet Service enables users to manage up to ten supported email accounts, including most popular ISP email accounts, from a BlackBerry smart phone.
Officially established on April 20th, 2000, China Mobile Communications Corporation has a registered capital of 51.8 billion RMB Yuan and assets of over 400 billion RMB Yuan. China Mobile has set wholly-owned subsidiaries in 31 provinces (autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the central government) in China and went public in Hong Kong and New York Stock Exchanges. Currently, in terms of its market value, subscriber based and network coverage China Mobile is the largest among all the overseas listed companies.
Alcatel-Lucent provides solutions that enable service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. As a leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications, and services, Alcatel-Lucent offers the end-to-end solutions that enable compelling communications services for people at home, at work and on the move.
With operations in more than 130 countries, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach. The company has the most experienced global services team in the industry, and one of the largest research, technology and innovation organizations in the telecommunications industry. Alcatel-Lucent achieved adjusted revenues of Euro 18.3 billion in 2006 and is incorporated in France , with executive offices located in Paris . [All figures exclude impact of activities transferred to Thales].
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. RIM's portfolio of award-winning products, services and embedded technologies are used by thousands of organizations around the world and include the BlackBerry wireless platform, the RIM Wireless Handheld 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).
SAMSUNG UNVEILS NEW SMARTPHONE
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a leading mobile phone provider, today unveils its new smartphone platform, Samsung bada. At this unveiling, Samsung showcases the bada SDK (Software Development Kit) for partners and presents the unique benefits and unprecedented opportunities that the bada platform will bring to developers, mobile operators and consumers.
Mr. Steve Han, Managing Director-Samsung Pakistan stated that "Samsung bada is a driving force in accomplishing Samsung's vision of a 'smartphone for everyone.' To achieve this vision, Samsung bada offers a feature-rich platform for enhanced mobile experiences for consumers, and a complete mobile ecosystem through a developer support program that both the application store and consumers will benefit from. Based on Samsung's accumulated expertise in developing advanced mobile phones, the company will allow its users to enjoy ultimate mobile experience through superb features.
Samsung bada, meaning Ocean in Korean, enables developers to take full advantage of mobile device capabilities to create compelling applications with ease. Applications can use device functions to make phone calls, send messages, or access the contact list. Also, various service applications can share information such as personal profiles, social relations, schedules, or contents with a simple user confirmation in order to provide services with greater personal relevance and cooperative service extension. The flexibility of the bada platform makes it applicable to a wide range of devices than any other mobile operating system.
Mr. Zeshan Quershi, Head of Mobile phones-Pakistan and Afghanistan at Samsung Electronics said, "In providing Samsung bada, I believe that Samsung will become a true leader in the mobile industry; offering a wider range of smartphone choices for consumers." He added, "At the same time, Samsung bada presents a powerful opportunity for developers to get their applications onto an unprecedented number of Samsung devices across the world."
Based on Samsung's signature TouchWiz User Interface, Samsung bada platform provides an easy, simple, and intuitive UI without compromising efficiency. It provides creativity and user interactivity through flash control, web control, motion sensing, fine-tuned vibration control, and face detection. Samsung bada differentiates its position by supporting various service-centric features such as social networking, device synchronization, content management, location-based services, and commerce services - all supported by back-end bada servers. These ground-breaking developer-friendly features support developers to implement various services without additional effort.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2008 consolidated sales of US$96 billion. Employing approximately 164,600 people in 179 offices across 61 countries, the company consists of two business units: Digital Media & Communications and Device Solutions. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs.