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Atlantique Telecom, Emitac Mobile Solutions and RIM Introduce the BlackBerry Solution in Niger

Niamey, Niger, Dubai, UAE and Waterloo, ON: Atlantique Telecom, the company behind mobile operator Moov, Emitac Mobile Solutions (EMS) and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced the launch of the BlackBerry® solution for Moov customers in Niger.

The BlackBerry solution brings together smartphones, software and services to allow easy wireless access to email, messaging, social networking, phone, calendar, web, multimedia and other business and lifestyle applications. Millions of customers in Niger will now be able to enjoy the freedom and productivity benefits of using BlackBerry® smartphones to stay connected to people and information while on the go.

“Since March 2008, Moov has revolutionized the telecommunication market in Niger, and continues to do so with the introduction of the BlackBerry solution. Moov will offer a selection of powerful BlackBerry smartphones at affordable prices that will allow our customers to enjoy the various mobility benefits that the BlackBerry solution offers both in their personal and professional lives,” said Mr. Ben Cheick Haidara, CEO of Moov.
 
“Atlantique Telecom is enabling both consumers and businesses to enhance communications and improve productivity.. Our customers enjoy the very latest services and technologies and we are confident that the BlackBerry solution will be well received,” said Mr. Jamal Shamieh, Group Project Manager of Atlantique Telecom.

“We are very pleased to be part of yet another carrier launch from Moov,” said Mr. Babar Khan, CEO of EMS. “The launch of the BlackBerry solution through Moov Niger is an important step for EMS as it shows our commitment to work with existing carriers in different markets.. EMS’s expertise with the BlackBerry solution will help ensure best of breed products and support services are delivered to allow Moov to achieve its ultimate business objectives and customer satisfaction.”

Deon Liebenberg, Regional Director for Sub Sahara Africa at RIM added, “RIM is pleased to work with EMS and Moov to offer the BlackBerry solution to customers in Niger.  BlackBerry smartphones deliver a powerful and unique mobile experience, allowing users to stay easily connected to people and information while on the move.”

At launch, Moov Niger will offer the BlackBerry® Curve™ 8520, the BlackBerry® Bold ™ 9700 and the BlackBerry® Storm2™ smartphones.

The slim new BlackBerry Curve 8520 is an incredibly approachable smartphone. It provides easy mobile access to email, messaging (IM, SMS, MMS) and popular social networking sites (including Facebook® Twitter® and MySpace®). It also features rich multimedia capabilities and easy access to music, games and other mobile apps for entertainment on the go.

The BlackBerry Bold 9700 is the perfect tool for business professionals and power users. It offers top-of-the-line performance, functionality and features with support for 3G HSDPA networks around the world, a next-generation (624 MHz) processor, 256 MB Flash memory, built-in GPS and Wi-Fi®, a 3.2MP camera and a dazzling, high resolution display.

The BlackBerry Storm2 is RIM’s award-winning touch-screen smartphone. It features a large and brilliant display that provides users with an exceptional mobile entertainment experience for gaming, videos, photos, web browsing and more. The BlackBerry Storm2 introduces a next generation SurePress™ technology based on an electronic system that provides the user with tactile feedback when the touch-screen is pressed.

Moov Niger will offer 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 security 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 BlackBerry smartphone.


About Atlantique Telecom
Subsidiary of the Group Etisalat, an UAE Telecommunication Group, Atlantique Telecom launched its activities in Niger under the business name Moov in March 2008.

Third operator to join the Niger telecommunication market, Moov started with the means needed to achieve its great ambitions: revolutionize the daily life of mobile phone users in all the countries where the brand is present with original and unprecedented offers and highly innovative services.
Moov Niger is worth more than 400.000 subscribers and its GSM network coverage of the whole territory is about 30%. Since the launch of its activities two years ago, Moov Niger has also created thousands of direct and indirect jobs and taken a very active part to the country’ socio- cultural life. Moov has hundreds of point of Sales all over the country.
Finally, Moov Niger is the only mobile operator to offer at the same time the GSM and satellite network.

About Emitac Mobile Solutions (EMS)
Emitac Mobile Solutions (EMS) is a Dubai based solutions and service provider and a RIM strategic channel partner that focuses on the delivery, implementation and support of BlackBerry® solutions. Delivered by an experienced team of mobile professionals, EMS provides the mobile operator with sales, marketing, distribution, solution implementation and technical support services for the BlackBerry wireless platform from Research In Motion (RIM). For organizations using the BlackBerry wireless platform, EMS provides the ability to rapidly create, deploy and manage robust client-server wireless applications that reduce an organization's total cost of ownership and significantly increases the value of their mobile technology investment.  EMS is the region’s first Mobile Virtual Solutions Provider (MVSP) whose services are delivered through partnerships the company has with mobile operators in the Gulf, North Africa and Eastern Europe. For more information about EMS please visit www.emsmobile.ae.

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, Asia Pacific and Latin America. 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.  

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