Viettel, Alcatel-Lucent and RIM Announce the Launch of the BlackBerry Solution in Vietnam

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Ha Noi, Viet Nam, Paris, France and Waterloo, Ontario – Viettel, a leading mobile operator in Vietnam, Alcatel-Lucent and Research In Motion today announced the launch of the BlackBerry wireless solution in Vietnam. Using BlackBerry smartphones, Viettel customers will be able to wirelessly send and receive emails, make phone calls, browse the Internet, send text messages and access corporate and lifestyle applications when on the move.

At launch, Viettel will offer its customers the BlackBerry Pearl 8100 and the BlackBerry 8700 and the BlackBerry Curve 8320 smartphones as well as BlackBerry Enterprise Server for corporate customers and BlackBerry Internet Service for smaller businesses and individual users.

BlackBerry Enterprise Server is for organizations that manage their own email servers. The BlackBerry Enterprise Server software tightly integrates with IBM Lotus Domino, Microsoft Exchange and Novell GroupWise and uses advanced encryption and IT policy controls to enable secure, push-based wireless access to email and other corporate data.

BlackBerry Internet Service is designed for smaller businesses and individuals. It allows customers to access up to 10 supported corporate and personal email accounts (including most popular ISP email accounts such as Yahoo! Mail and Google Mail) from a single device.

Under the terms of a distribution agreement between Alcatel-Lucent and RIM, Alcatel-Lucent provides global integration services, leveraging its strong local presence in the region to provide Viettel with end-to-end implementation, launch, delivery and support services for the BlackBerry solution in the Vietnamese market. With Alcatel-Lucent’s assistance in managing delivery of the solution, technology integration and deployment, Viettel is able to focus on the delivery of customer facing services in order to quickly meet market demand.

Viettel, an integrated mobile telecommunications service provider, offers a full suite of mobile business and consumer services in Vietnam. With the BlackBerry solution from Viettel, customers can wirelessly access email as well as other Internet and intranet based applications to enhance business communications, employee productivity and gain a competitive advantage for the organization. Users can also enjoy the flexibility of web browsing and communications with friends, family and colleagues on the go.

“As a leader of innovative services, we are committed to expand our portfolio with the most advanced telecom solutions. More and more clients in Vietnam would like to get easy access to their emails and calendar information when they are on the move and enjoy other advanced communications and multimedia features. The launch of the BlackBerry solution in partnership with Alcatel-Lucent and RIM is a good example of international cooperation. It comes in line with our principle ‘to give more to subscribers’. We are the first mobile operator in Vietnam to offer our customers this secure, efficient and effective service, which has already become a hit among businesses users and individuals around the world,” said Tong Viet Trung, general director Viettel Telecom.

“This agreement strengthens Alcatel-Lucent’s leading position worldwide and in the region,” said Raoul Ros, head of Alcatel-Lucent’s activities in Vietnam. “Viettel will expand their business opportunity and enable their customers to benefit from the high flexibility offered by BlackBerry solution for staying connected any time and everywhere.”

“We are pleased to work with Alcatel-Lucent and Viettel to deploy the BlackBerry solution in Vietnam. The BlackBerry solution continues to lead the industry in providing an optimized and empowering mobile experience for organizations and individuals that want to make the most of their time,” said Mark Guibert, Vice President of Corporate Marketing, RIM.