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Bharti Tele-Ventures

Bharti Tele-Ventures

October 06, 2005 04:00 ET

Airtel Launches BlackBerry Connect in India

NEW DELHI, INDIA and WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 6, 2005) - Airtel, India's leading mobile service and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today announced plans to enable a wider choice of devices with push-based BlackBerry® email services. Through the introduction of BlackBerry Connect™ in India, Airtel will extend BlackBerry wireless services to the Nokia 9500 Communicator, Nokia 9300 smartphone and Sony Ericsson P910i. Airtel's BlackBerry portfolio also includes the BlackBerry 7100g™ and BlackBerry 7290™.

With Airtel's introduction of BlackBerry Connect™, users of the Nokia 9500 Communicator, Nokia 9300 smartphone and Sony Ericsson P910i can enjoy the advantages of push-based BlackBerry email delivery with support for features such as wireless email synchronization and attachment viewing. Wireless calendar synchronization, remote address lookup, Triple DES encryption, IT commands and policy enforcement are additional features supported by BlackBerry Enterprise Server™. BlackBerry Connect enables a greater choice of devices on the BlackBerry platform to satisfy varying needs and preferences and allows IT departments the added advantage of being able to support multiple device types with the same back-end infrastructure and end-to-end security model.

Mr. Manoj Kohli, President Mobility, Bharti Tele-Ventures Ltd. announced, "Email continues to be a key communication medium and research indicates that the first application most mobile users like to see integrated into their mobile phones is their email. Email also has one of the greatest impacts on productivity. A constantly widening group of mobile professionals have already recognized the productivity benefits of BlackBerry. Our announcement today of extending the BlackBerry service to a much wider range of new and stylish mobile phone handsets allows us to address the needs of a broader target group of mobile users, thereby further catalyzing the adoption and usage of BlackBerry in India."

According to Mr. Norm Lo, Vice President, Asia Pacific at Research In Motion, "Millions of mobile professionals around the world are using the BlackBerry platform to stay connected to people and information throughout the day. Now, with BlackBerry Connect, Airtel customers can enjoy the benefits of BlackBerry connectivity together with a wider choice of leading handsets. We are very pleased to be working with Airtel to expand the reach of BlackBerry in India."

For corporate customers, BlackBerry Enterprise Server™ software tightly integrates with Microsoft® Exchange and IBM Lotus® Domino™ and works with existing enterprise systems to enable secure, push-based, wireless access to e-mail and other data with industry-leading security features. 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.

About Bharti

Bharti Tele-Ventures is one of India's leading private sector provider of telecommunications services with an aggregate of 14.42 million customers as of end of August '05, consisting of approximately 13.41 million mobile customers. The company is the only operator to provide mobile services in all the 23 circles in India. The company also provides telephone services and Internet access over DSL in 15 circles. The company complements its mobile, broadband & telephone services with national and international long distance services. The company also has a submarine cable landing station at Chennai, which connects the submarine cable connecting Chennai and Singapore. The company provides reliable end-to-end data and enterprise services to the corporate customers by leveraging its nationwide fiber optic backbone, last mile connectivity in fixed-line and mobile circles, VSATs, ISP and international bandwidth access through the gateways and landing station. For more information, visit

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 or

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