ZONG, Alcatel-Lucent and RIM launch the BlackBerry solution in Pakistan

ZONG, the first international brand of China Mobile, Alcatel-Lucent and Research In Motion (RIM) today announced the launch of the BlackBerry® solution in Pakistan.

Karachi, Pakistan, Paris and Waterloo, ON, December 10, 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) today announced the launch of the BlackBerry® solution in Pakistan. Using BlackBerry® smartphones, ZONG 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™ smartphones and a choice of BlackBerry® Internet Service or BlackBerry® Enterprise Server. The BlackBerry solution will be available immediately with ZONG’s postpaid 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-Lucent’s 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 smartphone 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 smartphone.

About China Mobile
Officially established on April 20th, 2000, China Mobile Communications Corporation (“China Mobile” for short) has a registered capital of 51.8 billion RMB Yuan and assets of over 400 billion RMB Yuan. China Mobile Limited 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 Limited is the largest among all the overseas listed companies.

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. 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). For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.

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About Alcatel-Lucent
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is the trusted partner of service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, providing solutions to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. A leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications and services, Alcatel-Lucent leverages the unrivalled technical and scientific expertise of Bell Labs, one of the largest innovation powerhouses in the communications industry. With operations in more than 130 countries and the most experienced global services organization in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with a global reach. Alcatel-Lucent achieved revenues of Euro 16.98 billion in 2008 and is incorporated in France, with executive offices located in Paris. For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

 

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