BlackBerry lines up 2 new BES 10 customers as bidder deadline looms
In the not-dead-yet news category, BlackBerry has lined up two new customers for its BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 enterprise mobility management platform: NCG Banco Spain and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.
NCG Banco Spain, a regional Spanish bank based in Galicia with close to 6,000 employees, is employing the BES 10 platform to managed its mixed mobile environment of corporate-liable and BYOD devices.
"The integration of BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 into NCG Banco's IT infrastructure was completed in a record time of two months, thanks to the quality and experience of BlackBerry partner ISEC7," comments José Manuel Valiño Blanco, assistant general manager of systems at NCG Banco.
On the other side of the world, Australia's national transport safety investigator is migrating to BES 10 and purchasing BlackBerry 10 smartphones for its employees.
"With BlackBerry 10, our investigation teams are able to navigate to locations, take and share high-quality photos and collaborate on data from any site they're sent to, all within a network that conforms to the high security standards that we need," says Martin Dolan, chief commissioner at the Australian Transport and Safety Bureau.
NCG Banco Spain and the Australian agency join KPMG as a recent BES 10 customer. Earlier this month, KPMG in Italy purchased 3,500 new BlackBerry 10 smartphones and decided to migrate to BES 10.
The struggling Canadian mobility firm is seeking buyers, having failed to stem its decline in the consumer smartphone market with the launch of its BlackBerry 10 smartphones. The deadline for offers is set to expire this Monday, the Financial Times reports (sub. req.).
The deadline stems from the preliminary offer by Fairfax Financial, a BlackBerry shareholder, to buy the rest of the company for $4.7 billion cash offer for the company. Monday is the deadline for Fairfax to make a definitive offer and for other potential bidders to submit competing offers.
Others rumored to be interested in BlackBerry include company co-founders Mike Lazaridis and Douglas Fregin, as well as Cerebus Capital Management, IBM, Microsoft, Samsung, Lenovo, Google, Cisco, SAP, Amazon and Facebook.