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RIM Delays North African R&D Centre due to Egyptian Turmoil

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Research in Motion has delayed plans to open a R&D centre in Egypt due to the ongoing political strife in the country. The centre had been due to open by the end of this year in Cairo.

The company is now aiming for sometime early next year to open the lab, which is to be based in Cairo's Smart Village, near other IT firms.

"Our development centres are intended to put people on the ground that can interact with local developer systems and mobile app developers," Rory O'Neill, RIM's vice president for EMEA told The National newspaper. "They're a physical presence, and Cairo will cater mainly to North Africa."

The lab is to provide training courses to increase the number of Arabic apps and expand local content for the BlackBerry 10 software.

"We see tremendous opportunities in Africa and the Middle East as a whole. Africa is the fastest-growing smartphone continent and the Middle East is a huge region for us," Mr O'Neill added.

On the web: The National

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