Aircel and Research in Motion (RIM) have today jointly announced the launch of BlackBerry services for Aircel’s enterprise and individual subscribers in India.
Leveraging on its strong local presence and Redington’s retail distribution channel, Aircel will offer BlackBerry services across major cities in India including Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and the rest of Tamil Nadu state.
“We have gained significant momentum in expanding our operations in India and the launch of the BlackBerry solution is of strategic importance for Aircel’s growth,” Mr.Gurdeep Singh, COO, Aircel.
Aircel customers can choose from an extensive range of BlackBerry smartphones including the BlackBerry Bold 9000, BlackBerry Curve 8900, BlackBerry Curve 8310 and BlackBerry Pearl 8110.
“With the availability of a wide range of BlackBerry smartphones on our network, our customers can find the right model for their work and personal needs,” added Mr. Singh.
Further, Aircel will also offer BlackBerry Enterprise Server and BlackBerry Internet Service to corporate customers and smaller businesses and individuals respectively.
“We are pleased to partner with Aircel and extend the many personal and business benefits of the BlackBerry solution to their consumer and enterprise customers in India,” said Ms. Frenny Bawa, Vice President, India, RIM India.
The deal is seen as a natural extension for Aircel which is going aggressive on its wireless data services offerings. For BlackBerry, the deal increases its addressable market in the Indian mobile services space.