Lazaridis: Gov’t and Military 10% of BlackBerry Users

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While giving a keynote address at the Globalcomm 2006 telecommunications industry trade show in Chicago yesterday, RIM CEO Mike Lazaridis revealed that RIM has at least six military or government certifications awaiting approval. Lazaridis indicated that increased government and military use helps RIM with even more credibility in the corporate sector.

“What’s really exciting for me is all of the pending certifications we’ve got Blackberry in,” Lazaridis said during a keynote address at the Globalcomm 2006 telecommunications industry trade show in Chicago. “You’re going to see more and more of those certifications being announced over time.”

Lazaridis also added later that government and military users have grown to slightly less than 10 percent of Blackberry users worldwide.

“That was a big selling point for Blackberry in the past and it’s becoming more so now that everyone is more security conscious,” he said.