Cable&Wireless launches BlackBerry solution in UK

Cable&Wireless Worldwide and Research In Motion (RIM) have announced the availability of the BlackBerry solution to Cable&Wireless customers in the UK.

The BlackBerry solution brings together smartphones, software and services to allow Cable&Wireless customers in the UK easy wireless access to email, phone, messaging, social networking, calendar, web, multimedia and other business and lifestyle applications.

Cable&Wireless customers will now be able to enjoy the freedom and productivity benefits of using BlackBerry smartphones to stay connected to people and information on the go.

Customers can take advantage of Cable&Wireless’ FMC proposition when using a BlackBerry smartphone. This allows mobile services to be delivered over a fixed IP network, converging fixed and mobile services onto a single wireless device.

Business users benefit from the ease and simplicity of a streamlined data network with one number, one voicemail and one bill. The FMC technology also lets a mobile device act as a landline when the user is inside the office, transferring traffic to the fixed voice network, and costing the same amount as a landline call. When the user is outside of the building, the user seamlessly roams to a national mobile network.

Mark Guibert, vice president of corporate marketing at RIM, commented: “We are pleased that Cable&Wireless customers will now be able to benefit from the BlackBerry solution as part of Cable&Wireless’ FMC offering. With an increasing number of companies and employees embracing mobile working, this solution combines two innovative, cost effective and proven solutions into an attractive mobile offering for both large and small businesses.”

Jim Marsh, chief executive officer at Cable&Wireless Worldwide said: “Our customers were looking for a way to ensure their employees had the flexibility and connectivity mobile devices provide, but wanted an optimal way to route their mobile calls. We developed our ground breaking FMC solution to help address this, and customers are already reaping the rewards. We’re confident our customers will enjoy the vast benefits that the smartphone offering, will deliver.”

At launch Cable&Wireless will offer the BlackBerry Bold 9000, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 and the BlackBerry Pearl 8110 smartphones. As part of the FMC offering, Cable&Wireless customers will need to deploy the BlackBerry Enterprise Server, which tightly integrates with IBM Lotus Domino, Microsoft Exchange and Novell GroupWise and provides advanced encryption and IT policy controls to enable secure, push-based wireless access to email and other corporate data.