Research In Motion

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Orascom Telecom Holding

May 10, 2005 05:00 ET

Orascom Telecom and Research In Motion Announce Plans To Bring BlackBerry to the Middle East, Africa and South Asia


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FOR: RESEARCH IN MOTION

NASDAQ SYMBOL: RIMM
TSX SYMBOL: RIM

AND ORASCOM TELECOM HOLDING

LSE SYMBOL: GDR

MAY 10, 2005 - 05:00 ET

Orascom Telecom and Research In Motion Announce Plans
To Bring BlackBerry to the Middle East, Africa and
South Asia

CAIRO, EGYPT and WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 10, 2005) -
Orascom Telecom Holding S.A.E.
(LSE:GDR)(CAIRO:ORTE)(ALEXANDRIA:ORAT)("OTH") and Research In Motion
(RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today announced plans to offer the
BlackBerry® wireless communications solution to mobile customers in
the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. BlackBerry will operate on
Orascom's GSM/GPRS networks and international roaming will be supported
in countries where Orascom has GPRS roaming agreements in place.(i)

BlackBerry, developed and manufactured by RIM, provides always-on,
push-based, mobile access to e-mail and other communications and
information for both individual and corporate customers. BlackBerry will
enable Orascom's subscribers to access e-mail, phone, text messaging,
calendar, Internet browser, organizer and corporate data applications
via an integrated wireless platform. With their BlackBerry device,
Orascom users will be able to easily and remotely manage their e-mail,
appointments and contacts, as well as access corporate applications.

"Orascom Telecom is committed to providing its customers with the most
powerful mobile communications tools available and we are therefore
pleased to be working with RIM to introduce BlackBerry, the
internationally popular wireless solution, to our subscribers," said
Ossama Bessada, Services Development Director at Orascom Telecom. "By
using BlackBerry from Orascom, mobile customers will enhance the way
they communicate at work and in their personal lives, increasing their
productivity, efficiency and responsiveness."

"BlackBerry is an extremely powerful business tool that provides an
advanced wireless solution for communication and information which will
enable our customers to be wirelessly connected throughout the day. It
is also an excellent opportunity for international travelers visiting
the countries we operate in to roam on our networks and connect directly
to their offices using this highly developed technology," added Emad
Farid, Executive Officer for Operations Control at Orascom Telecom.

The BlackBerry service will be available with the easy-to-use BlackBerry
7290 Wireless Handheld™ and the BlackBerry 7100g™ business phone.

"BlackBerry is designed to provide mobile professionals with the best
combined wireless email, phone and data experience and that optimized
mobile experience has fuelled its adoption by over three million
subscribers worldwide," said Mark Guibert, Vice President, Corporate
Marketing at Research In Motion. "BlackBerry also provides a secure,
standards-based, robust and extensible platform for a wide range of
wireless enterprise applications. We are very pleased to work with
Orascom Telecom to bring BlackBerry to its customers in the Middle East,
Africa and South Asia."

For Orascom Telecom's corporate customers, BlackBerry Enterprise
Server™ software tightly integrates with Microsoft® Exchange, IBM
Lotus® Domino™ 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™
allows users to access up to ten corporate and/or personal email
accounts (including Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and many
popular ISP email accounts) from a single device.

Pricing and availability details for Orascom Telecom's networks in
specific countries will be available from Orascom at a later date.

About Orascom Telecom Holding

Orascom Telecom Holding S.A.E. ("Orascom Telecom") is a leading mobile
telecommunications
company operating in nine emerging markets in the Middle East, Africa
and South Asia, having a total population under license of approximately
520 million with an average mobile telephony penetration of
approximately 6%. Orascom Telecom operates GSM networks in Algeria
("Djezzy"), Egypt ("MobiNil"), Pakistan ("Mobilink"), Iraq ("IraQna"),
Bangladesh ("Banglalink"), Tunisia ("Tunisiana"), Congo Brazzaville
("Libertis"), Democratic Republic of Congo ("Oasis") and Zimbabwe
("Telecel Zimbabwe"). Orascom Telecom had 14.5 million subscribers as of
December 2004. Orascom Telecom is traded on the Cairo & Alexandria Stock
Exchange under the symbol (ORTE.CA, ORAT EY), and on the London Stock
Exchange its GDR is traded under the symbol (ORTEq.L, OTLD LI).

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. 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.

(i)Check with Orascom for roaming services.

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Contact Information

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    Investor Relations Director
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    or
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    or
    Brodeur for RIM
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    or
    RIM, Asia Pacific
    Katie Lee
    + 852 6277 6841
    kalee@rim.com
    or
    Investor Contact:
    RIM Investor Relations
    +1 519.888.7465
    investor_relations@rim.com