Tunisian mobile network operator, Tunisie Telecom has announced the commercial launch of the BlackBerry solution in the country - with the system being supplied by Alcatel-Lucent. Based on its distribution agreement with RIM, Alcatel-Lucent will leverage its local presence in the region to provide Tunisie Telecom the end-to-end implementation, launch, and on-going support for delivering the BlackBerry solution to the Tunisian market.
“As the historical operator in Tunisia, our commitment is to efficiently meet the market demand and provide our professional customer with best of class communications solutions”, said Montassar Ouaili, CEO, Tunisie Telecom. “We are pleased to offer the BlackBerry smartphones - an innovative and revolutionary solution already used by millions of subscribers worldwide.”
“This agreement strengthens Alcatel-Lucent’s leading position worldwide and in the region,” said Vincenzo Nesci, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s activities in the Middle East & Africa. “Tunisie Telecom will expand their business opportunity and enable their customers to benefit from the high flexibility offered by BlackBerry smartphones for staying connected any time and everywhere.”
Figures from the Mobile World tracker show that Tunisie Telecom ended last year with around 4.3 million customers - and an almost exactly 50:50 market share with rival, Orascom Telecom Tunisie