Turkcell , the leading provider of mobile communications in Turkey, today held a press conference in Istanbul to launch Turkeyâ€™s first BlackBerry service. Ali Kesan, Turkcellâ€™s Chief Marketing and Sales Officer, announced that through its agreement with Canada-based Research in Motion (“RIM”) Turkcell will be providing another value-added service that “will make life smoother for our customers and increase their productivity”.
Through the agreement between Turkcell and RIM, signed during the Canadian-Turkish Business Councilâ€™s Annual Conference, Blackberry service in Turkey is to be provided initially for corporate users with Turkcell offering the BlackBerry 7290 wireless handheld and the BlackBerry 7100g business phone. Customers will use Turkcellâ€™s BlackBerry service under monthly or annual contracts. The service will be provided for individual users from the 4th Quarter of 2005.
Turkcell will be offering BlackBerry Enterprise Solution(tm) (BES) for business users. BES software tightly integrates with Microsoft(r) Exchange, IBM Lotus(r) Domino(tm) and Novell GroupWise(r) 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 Solution(tm) (BIS) allows users to access up to ten corporate and/or personal email accounts (including Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and popular ISP email accounts) from a single device.
The BlackBerry 7290 and 7100g are both quad band mobile handsets (850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz) that integrate email, phone and organiser, as well as Internet browser and text messaging functions. Both devices include Bluetooth(r) supporting the use of a wireless headset or car kit for hands-free calls. The iconic BlackBerry 7290 features the familiar QWERTY keyboard, and the BlackBerry 7100g boasts SureType keypad technology, which effectively converges a phone keypad and a QWERTY keyboard to fit elegantly within the size constraints of a traditional â€™candy barâ€™ phone design.
Ali Kesan, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer at Turkcell, said that Turkcell was delighted to be providing BlackBerry service for its customers as a result of this international partnership. “We believe that the agreement with RIM, the world leader in push-based mobile access to e-mail and applications technology, will also positively impact the development of Turkish-Canadian commercial relations” said Mr. Kesan. “I believe our BlackBerry service, provided as a total solution, once again demonstrates Turkcellâ€™s role as Turkeyâ€™s technology leader in mobile communications and our commitment to our customers.”
RIM Business Development Director, Paul Lucier, said that they are excited to start working in the Turkish market. RIM Business Development Manager, Syed Shah, added that the BlackBerry is a crucial service for business people and that RIM is working to expand it further. “As a part of RIMâ€™s globalisation strategy, RIM is very pleased to be available in the fast growing Turkish market,” said Syed Shah.
Canadaâ€™s Ambassador to Ankara, Michael Leir, said that the RIM and Turkcell partnership will further the relations between Turkey and Canada.
Turkcell is the leading GSM operator in Turkey with 24.3 million post-paid and prepaid customers as March 31, 2005. Turkcell provides high-quality wireless telephone services throughout Turkey and has coverage of 99.75% of the towns with more than 5,000 inhabitants. Turkcell provides roaming with 443 operators in 176 countries as of April 15, 2005. Turkcell is the only NYSE listed company in Turkey. Turkcell has interests in international GSM operations in Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova and Northern Cyprus, which have a total of 3.9 million subscribers as of December 31, 2004.
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. RIMâ€™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(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 and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM).
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