BlackBerry Boosted by US Defence Order
Published on: 22nd Jan 2014
By: Ian Mansfield
BlackBerry has received a boost after the USA's Department of Defence said that out of some 100 000 mobile devices being deployed 80 000 of them would be supplied by BlackBerry.
The move entrenches BlackBerry as the key supplier at a typically change-adverse organisation.
The Department of Defence (DOD) said that it will begin deploying version 1.0 of the unclassified mobility capability at the end of this month and will build out capacity to support up to 100,000 users by the end of the fiscal year.
The program currently supports 1,800 unclassified mobile devices including iPad 3 and 4, iPhone 4S and 5, Samsung 10.1 tablets and Samsung 3S, and Motorola RAZR devices with participation from the combatant commands, services, and agencies throughout DOD. The program also supports 80,000 BlackBerry phones.
Along with the wide selection of devices, the mobility program supports 16 mobile applications and is in the process of vetting more than 90 additional applications.
The news sent BlackBerry shares up by 12 percent.