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Telstra (Australia) completes trial with RIM Blackberry
Posted on 17-Mar-2003 19:00 | Filed under: News

Telstra (Australia) completes trial with RIM Blackberry
Telstra (Australia) has experienced strong growth with BlackBerry, driven by significant projects with customers including, Deutsche Bank, Wesfarmers Federation Insurance, GSA Group and Corrs Chambers Westgarth, confirming its leadership in wireless business solutions.

Telstra also announced it established international roaming capabilities covering Hong Kong and Singapore. Roaming capability is also scheduled to be expanded to cover Europe and the US later this year, which will make BlackBerry the ideal roaming wireless data solution for Australian enterprises.

Telstra Managing Director, Wireless Data Solutions, Mr Craig Cameron, said the Blackberry reinforced Telstra’s commitment to meeting the needs business and government customers with the most advanced wireless solutions in the global market.

“The level of uptake and success of initial implementations shows us that there is a real demand and corporate need for a robust wireless solution such as BlackBerry,” Mr Cameron said.

“We have seen significant growth in wireless data uptake over the last year and expect continued growth in this area.”

The feature-rich BlackBerry is an end-to-end business wireless solution that includes integrated email, phone, SMS, and organiser features. Telstra offers BlackBerry over its GSM/GPRS wireless network.

A recent study showed a typical user recovers an average of 53 work minutes a day, turning traditional ‘downtime’ such as travelling or waiting for meetings into productive time. It also revealed BlackBerry delivered huge value through immediacy, users spent much less time dialling into networks and were consistently more aware of, and responsive to, communications.

Wesfarmers Federation Insurance, a wholly owned subsidiary of Wesfarmers Limited and one of Australia's oldest and largest insurance underwriters, has implemented BlackBerry to provide employees with increased flexibility and access to critical information. Chief Information Officer, Alan Shirley, said BlackBerry has improved employee mobility and with its added functionality, has in some instances become a replacement for notebooks.

Corrs Chambers Westgarth is also pleased with the added mobility delivered by BlackBerry and has enjoyed the reassurance of its robust security. Mr Vic Wotherspoon, Chief Information Officer of Corrs Chambers Westgarth, said employees were enjoying real-time access to email allowing faster response to clients - an imperative in legal services.

Mr Cameron said the success of BlackBerry proved businesses could see the value and return on investment that the evolution of wireless enterprise solutions enabled.


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