Research In Motion has announced it is set to launch its BlackBerry mobile phones in China.
Network services for the BlackBerry handsets will be provided by China Mobile.
The move into China indicates that RIM plans to broaden its horizons by tapping into the newly emerging enterprise user market in China.
In a press release announcing the launch, RIM said China Mobile would be offering all of business services currently available for BlackBerry devices. The BlackBerry will initially be offered to business customers only, and will be launched in 14 provinces across China.
The company said: “China Telecom understands the needs of its enterprise customers and is pleased to launch the BlackBerry solution, providing an end-to-end integrated platform that delivers effective and efficient communications.”
China could be RIM's ticket to re-assert itself as the global leader in the smartphone market, sales in the US having come under attack in the last year from the iPhone and Android-based smartphones.