EE To Offer BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10

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BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 will be available on EE 4G from 2 April

EE is to offer the BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES10) mobile management platform to business and public sector customers.

BES 10 provides security and application management for BlackBerry 10 smartphones as well as mobile device management for smartphones and tablets running Android and iOS.

The platform also enables BlackBerry Balance on BlackBerry 10, a feature which separates work and personal data and apps, effectively creating two profiles.

EE BES 10 roll out

BlackBerry 10 BlackBerry BalanceEE will make BES 10 available from 2 April, with prices starting from £14 per month for 1GB of mobile data. All price plans include user licenses, server software and dedicated BB support from EE, while 4G can be added for an additional £3 a month.

“Now businesses can get BlackBerry’s industry-leading security and mobility management solution on the UK’s best and fastest network,” commented Max Taylor, Director of Business at EE. “Alongside our Secure Mobility management software, the introduction of BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 means we are the only network operator to offer enterprise-grade security across all mobile operating systems, covering 3G and 4G devices.”

“BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 builds on our decade long leadership in the mobile enterprise space with a unique end-to-end, multi-platform enterprise mobility management solution,” added Rob Orr, Managing Director UK & Ireland at BlackBerry. “Our BlackBerry  Z10 customers on EE can already take advantage of the nation’s fastest mobile network, and we’re delighted that the network’s enterprise customers will now be able to avail of a mobile enterprise solution that blends unrivalled security with maximum usability.”

Recovery hopes

The BlackBerry Z10 is currently the only smartphone running BlackBerry 10, which is seen as vital to the future of the company, which has seen its share of the smartphone market slide in recent years as a result of increased competition from the likes of Apple and Samsung.

It is hoping to retain and attract public sector customers, but it has emerged that BlackBerry 10 has not yet been approved for government use, although this is expected to arrive in the summer once testing has been concluded.

On Thursday, BlackBerry will reveal its first results since launching the BlackBerry Z10 earlier this year, although analysts reports of a lacklustre US launch have affected the company’s share price.

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