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

Ha Noi, Viet Nam, Paris, France and Waterloo, Ontario: Viettel, a leading mobile operator in Vietnam, Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) 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.

About Viettel
Viettel Telecom, formed by the merger of Viettel Fixed Telephone Co., Viettel Internet Co and Viettel Mobile Co., a subsidiary of Viettel Corporation, one of the largest telecom operators in Vietnam, provides a full range of telecom services, including Internet, Fixed line services, VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), mobile and network leased line services. The launch of mobile services on the Viettel network on October 15th, 2004, marked a milestone for the development of Vietnam’s telecommunications. After nearly four years of operation, Viettel Telecom has reached 30 million mobile subscribers, had total 13,000 BTS nationwide as of October 2008, and is currently the biggest telecommunications provider, contributing 45% of the total mobile communications market in Vietnam. Viettel Telecom has so far expanded to all cities and provinces nationwide, with over 750 shops, 118 super market booths and thousands of agents. Viettel Telecom is well-known for high quality of service, best price packages and the widest national network coverage with the most innovated Value Added Services. For more information, visit Viettel Telecom on the Internet: http://vietteltelecom.vn

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.

About Alcatel-Lucent
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is the trusted partner of service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, providing solutions that deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. A leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications and services, Alcatel-Lucent leverages the unrivalled technical and scientific expertise of Bell Labs, one of the largest innovation powerhouses in the communications industry. With operations in more than 130 countries and the most experienced global services organization in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with a global reach. Alcatel-Lucent achieved revenues of Euro 17.8 billion in 2007 and is incorporated in France, with executive offices located in Paris. For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

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