Tag: Don-Morisson

Africa next on RIM’s hit list?


African CellFollowing the earlier topic of Canadian data rates, Don Morisson continued talking with the Financial Post about the emerging market in Africa. (For anyone who hasn’t entered our weekly contest yet, this is a subtle hint.) While progress in China’s starting to ramp up, RIM is looking to start moving harder into Eastern Europe before significant headway is made in Africa. Despite the economic situation in Africa being vastly different from the usual industrialized markets that RIM usually guns for, Morisson says their enterprise-first approach is going to stick.
“Is there an attractive market that’s beyond the enterprise market? Absolutely.”

RIM COO Don Morrison thinks Canadian rates suck too


Don MorissonRIM COO Don Morrison had a chat with the Financial Post on Friday, and voiced his confusion over Canadian wireless costs. In a nutshell, he doesn’t understand why rates are so high when it works in carriers’ best interests to appeal to a mass market with low rates, as demonstrated by massive growth in Europe and elsewhere. Google’s director of global public policy Andrew McLaughlin agrees wholeheartedly, citing a lack of Canadian activity on Google’s mobile services. It’s kind of perverse that BlackBerry has a decent adoption rate everywhere else but where it was made, and the Post brought up a solid point: maybe the government should step in to make wireless competition more viable and push prices down. In light of Harper’s stance on the Telus’ Bell bid, the possibility of federal intervention seems unlikely, though not impossible. Ideally, carriers would take a hint, but if there’s really no sign of rates letting up, maybe it is time for the feds to give Rogers, Telus and company a smack upside the head.