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Good news from down under – BES10 leading the enterprise market in Australia

Good news from down under - BES10 leading the enterprise market in Australia

According to leading Australian ICT research firm Telsyte, they’ve found that BlackBerry was the most widely implemented MDM (Mobile Device Management) solution thoughout Australia in 2013.

MDM penetration had more than doubled in Australia in 2013, with one in five businesses (with 20 or more employees) with an MDM solution in place, use BlackBerry.

Australia is seeing a substantial conversion with current enterprise customer base, with approximately 65% of migrating to or currently trialing BES10. In fact, two new prominent organizations in the public and private sector, the Australian National Audit Office and Questas, have selected BES10 for their enterprise mobility.

“Our leadership in the enterprise market continues to expand in Australia and I am delighted to see this reflected in the findings of Telsyte’s report, in which BlackBerry is named as the most widely implemented MDM solution in the country,” said Matthew Ball, Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand at BlackBerry, whom I had the pleasure of speaking with yesterday.

“While we continue to win the trust of Australian government departments, we are also seeing significant traction in other regulated and private industries that want to enable workforce mobility with multiple devices, while maintaining company IP and data is protected and secure. We are looking forward to working with our partners and customers in the region in 2014 as we continue BlackBerry’s global enterprise momentum,” Ball added.

Mr. Ball has had an illustrious track record, with past experience working for Microsoft’s Xbox in marketing and later in telecommunications, such as Optus, throughout Australia.

One quote by Matthew Ball, which has resonated the most to me: “There’s a difference between learning how to do it in a university [and] to owning it, living and breathing it and being accountable for the outcomes.”

Ball and team have clearly exemplified their hard-work by successfully positioning BlackBerry as the gold standard in security and solution for Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) to organizations within Australia.

BlackBerry regains some Marketshare in Australia

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BlackBerry is losing market share world wide, but at some countries BlackBerry is now regaining some of its market share.

Research group Kantar Worldpanel ComTech has new data that reveals BlackBerry has had its local marketshare grow from 0.4 percent to 1.3 percent between September 2012 and September 2013.

The data also found that the iPhone and Windows Phones also gained marketshare. However, Android was found to have lost 10.8 percent marketshare.

BlackBerry may have lost some key enterprise customers like Qantas and Woolworths, but they did manage to gain the support of the Australian Transportation Safety Bureau.

“We will absolutely remain focused on serving our market here,” said BlackBerry Australia managing director, Matthew Ball. “News of our death is printed on an almost daily basis and, from a personal perspective that can be really frustrating and distracting to the market.”

Australian Transport Safety Bureau Upgrades to BlackBerry 10 and BES 10

With the recent revelations of NSA activities, it’s no surprise that more and more companies are switching over or upgrading to BES10 .

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) and BlackBerry both announced today that the transportation safety company will upgrade their employees to BlackBerry 10 devices and operate on top-of-the-line security of BES 10. The ATSB will hand out Z10 devices for now, and plans to upgrade employees to the Z30 by the end of November.

As an independent government agency, the ATSB conducts investigations of transport incidents and accidents. Investigation teams use email and BBM to communicate and collaborate, and record safety data by filling in forms and taking photos that are sent to the ATSB’s database. IT and support teams conduct critical analysis and research to help identify causes of occurrences – used by the ATSB to improve safety and ultimately save lives.

“Being able to securely share real-time data from accident sites is crucial to our investigative role,” said Martin Dolan, Chief Commissioner at the Bureau. “With BlackBerry 10, our investigation teams are able to navigate to locations, take and share high-quality photos, and collaborate on data from any site they’re sent to, all within a network that conforms to the high security standards that we need.”

Management, field inspectors and IT personnel are the employees that are expected to receive the Z10 now and the Z30 before the end of the year.

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Australians can order their Z30 from MobiCity Australia

Australians can order their Z30 from MobiCity Australia

MobiCIty Australia is offering the Z30 at $699.95

Pre-order the BlackBerry Z30, unlocked and with 12 months warranty from MobiCity.

BlackBerry Z30 is the first phablet by BlackBerry and is powered by BlackBerry’s latest OS version 10.2. The device flaunts a large 5-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution at 294 ppi pixel density and supports multi-touch. It runs on a Dual-core 1.7GHz Krait processor and Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset along with 2GB of RAM for seamless multi-tasking. Internal storage of 16GB is provided which can further be expanded up to 64GB via a microSD card slot. The device has a bar form factor with thickness of only 9.4 mm.

The stereo speakers and new BlackBerry Natural Sound technology of Z30 deliver high quality sound for music and videos and also make BBM Voice and BBM Video chats sound much more realistic. To provide better connectivity and brisk data transfers even in low signal areas, the Z30 is equipped with new antenna technology BlackBerry Paratek Antenna that can dynamically tunes reception.

The Z30 comes packed with an 8 megapixels primary autofocus camera that can shoot images of up to 3264 x 2448 pixels resolution and includes a number of functions like Image stabilization, Geo-tagging, Face detection, Video stabilization, LED flash and 1080p Full HD video recording at up to 30 frames per second. A 2MP front facing camera is also part of the package that records 720p HD videos at up to 30fps.

The new BlackBerry smartphone is powered by a mighty 2880 mAh battery which is the largest ever battery in a BlackBerry smartphone and is capable of providing up to 25 hours of mixed use. More features of BlackBerry Z30 include – HDMI port, BlackBerry maps, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, LE, Wi-Fi, microUSB v2.0, Accelerometer, Gyro sensor, Proximity sensor and Compass.