Mobile World Congress 2015, Barcelona-BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB), a global leader in mobile communications, announced today that mobile operators from around the world, including EE (UK), Vodafone India, Chunghwa Telecom (Taiwan), Maxis Berhad (Malaysia), Telekom Slovenia and Telekom Hungary, will provide BES12 Enhanced SIM-Based Licensing (ESBL) for their customers.
These mobile operators join a growing list that has already launched ESBL, including Vodafone Germany and Idea Cellular (India). Mobile operators using ESBL are able to provide customers with one monthly bill to subscribe to BlackBerry EMM services and BES12, a cross platform EMM solution. BlackBerry is the only EMM provider that is able to offer this service. The ESBL offering will support iOS, Android™, Windows Phone® and BlackBerry® 10 smartphones.
With ESBL, enterprise customers will be able to:
- Get one monthly bill which consolidates BlackBerry’s EMM services as a bundled package along with airtime, data plan and other wireless features, such as MMS.
- Receive “pay as you go” detailed monthly billing, and the ability to consolidate all users in an organization on one monthly bill. Billing will be immediately stopped if users are no longer accessing services.
- Take advantage of the only BYOD solution that also provides Bring Your Own License (BYOL) where enterprise employees can purchase their own BES12 EMM license directly through their mobile operator and be billed in the same way as for their voice and data services.
BES12 provides expanded EMM capabilities that can manage any mobile deployment model such as BYOD, COPE and COBO, and is built on BlackBerry’s trusted and secure network. BlackBerry has worked with its expansive network of mobile operators to facilitate the onboarding of ESBL globally. Here is what some of them have to say about ESBL and their partnership with BlackBerry:
"Businesses can realize significant benefits by becoming truly mobile, but they require security and management products that are simple to set up and use. At EE, we were the first UK operator to build security in to all of our business tariffs with our Super Secure 4GEE business products, and by building Enhanced SIM-Based Licensing for BES12 into our plans, we're making it even easier for our customers to automatically and instantly provide the highest degree of protection while enabling a truly mobile business." - Ettienne Brandt, Director of Corporate Business at EE.
"We are pleased to partner with BlackBerry on BES12 - which is the most secure and flexible Enterprise Mobility Management solution. Our partnership with BlackBerry will help us combine the benefits of our robust yet flexible enterprise offerings to our enterprise customers through simplified SIM based licensing model"- Mr. Naveen Chopra - Director, Enterprise and Wholesale Business, Vodafone India
Chunghwa Telecom (Taiwan)
“Many of our customers rely on highly secure mobile devices and services that keep them more productive and add business value. Knowing our customers’ requirements, we are delighted to be the first mobile operator in Taiwan to extend the benefits of secure mobility with ESBL– an innovative way for us to make our customers’ lives more convenient. It simplifies the way our customers can pay for their mobile devices, data and management services.” - Kuo-Feng Lin, President of Mobile Business Group, Chunghwa Telecom Co., Ltd.
Maxis Berhad (Malaysia)
“Maxis Enterprise is excited to partner with BlackBerry on the new BES12 platform. Its multifaceted software enables customers to manage multiple devices and operating systems from a single unified console. The benefits of ESBL go well with our MaxisONE Business platform and help Maxis in delivering new ways of working to our business customers.” – Abraham Foss, Head of Enterprise, Maxis Berhad
New Partners Join the Global Reseller Program, Offering BES12
BlackBerry also announced today that Appurity, Berkley Technical Services, Define Mobility and many other global channel partners are now offering BES12. BES12, which can be deployed on-premise or in the cloud, is the foundation for a new generation of enterprise security, productivity, and communication and collaboration services that will help organizations securely connect employees with content, apps, devices and machines. The BES12 platform seamlessly supports iOS, Android™, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry smartphones and tablets.
BlackBerry enterprise customers will benefit from a global network of channel partners to help them with a full range of enterprise mobility needs, including strategic guidance, professional services, support services, systems integration and training. BlackBerry has worked closely with its partners to facilitate the onboarding and sales process with more than 400 resellers already committed to reselling BES12 since the product launched in November 2014. Here’s what a few partners have to say about BES12 and BlackBerry:
“As specialists in cross-platform mobility, and as a top tier BlackBerry Managed Mobility Partner (MMP), Appurity provides BES12 enterprise solutions that secure and manage all major platforms. The BES12 platform has a simplified installation process and integrated Windows Phone 8 support and is managed through a unified and simple user interface. Most importantly it provides the hallmark BlackBerry security we are accustomed to. Additional secure solutions within their “Communication & Collaboration” and “Identity & Access” portfolios ensure the enterprise customer has a suite of secure solutions available.” - Steve Whiter, Director, Appurity Limited
Celcom Axiata Berhad
“We feel privileged to be partnering with BlackBerry to adopt the new BES12 platform. Its software enables customers to manage multiple devices and operating systems from a single unified console. The BES12 platform allows for greater efficiency and security for customers managing mobility in their business. As more employees access corporate networks through their mobile devices to communicate, collaborate and share data, the infrastructure becomes increasingly vulnerable to attacks. With that in mind, ensuring that corporate data is kept secure is a key priority for any organization. The BES12 platform will mean enterprises can benefit from the security capabilities BlackBerry is renowned for.” - Afizulazha Abdullah, Chief Business Services & Solutions Officer, Celcom Axiata
Berkley Technical Services
“We are proud to partner with BlackBerry to bring BES12 to our enterprise customers in United Kingdom. The end-to-end secure, reliable and robust architecture of the BlackBerry's enterprise mobility management solution addresses the complex mobility requirements of enterprises, and will complement Berkley’s current portfolio of enterprise applications and professional services. With BES12, we look forward to increasing Berkley’s share of the enterprise segment and enabling our customers to be more efficient whilst on the move using BlackBerry’s enterprise mobility solutions” - Karl Graves, Director, Berkley Technical Services
“BES12 provides a major opportunity for customers to administer and control mobile devices, security and applications from a single enterprise platform. It reduces the cost and IT cycles required to manage mobility across all devices, including iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry. As a result, customers find it easier to manage policies and report across all devices, to perform required upgrades and patches, and to integrate and support full life cycle management processes. At Define Mobility, we help customers plan and execute their mobile strategy. We help them design, implement and support their full mobility solutions. We are excited about the benefits and capabilities that BES12 brings to our customers.” - Jesse Singh, Chief Executive Officer, Define Mobility.
Charterhouse Voice and Data PLC
“As a strategic partner of BlackBerry, we deliver secure and compliant mobility management solutions to the Enterprise. BES12 simplifies enterprise mobility management through a single powerful console that offers full control over content and applications, whether personal or business, on any device, across groups or individuals. BlackBerry sets the standard for security and compliance by truly understanding the needs of the enterprise market. In addition to a robust suite of BlackBerry value-added services such as BlackBerry VPN and BlackBerry Blend, BlackBerry provides access to a comprehensive network of value added service providers. Tango Networks, for example, who in conjunction with Charterhouse and through the use of a simple on-premise software deployment are enabling unified communication and compliant call recording across all major fixed and mobile hardware manufacturers and carriers.” - Ricki Moss, Director, Charterhouse Voice and Data PLC
For more information on BES12, visit: www.BlackBerry.com/bes12. To connect with a BlackBerry Authorized Reseller Partner, please visit: http://marketplace.blackberry.com/.
A global leader in mobile communications, BlackBerry® revolutionized the mobile industry when it was introduced in 1999. Today, BlackBerry aims to inspire the success of our millions of customers around the world by continuously pushing the boundaries of mobile experiences. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The Company trades under the ticker symbols "BB" on the Toronto Stock Exchange and "BBRY" on the NASDAQ. For more information, visit www.BlackBerry.com.