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BlackBerry teams up with Optiemus

BlackBerry smartphones could reach India after being manufactured locally
BlackBerry DTEK50
The exclusive long-term agreement with Optiemus will bring secure BlackBerry Android handsets, software and services to more markets, including India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal.

BlackBerry might have failed as a phone maker, but the company once known as RIM expands its reach via third parties. Its latest partnership brings BlackBerry close to India's Optiemus Infracom Ltd, not long after signing similar deals with TCL Communication and PT BlackBerry Merah Putih.

According to the official press release, "The partner will design, manufacture, sell, promote and provide customer support for BlackBerry-branded mobile devices that offer the full BlackBerry experience, including the trusted BlackBerry for Android secure software, in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh." 

BlackBerry's part would be to provide software updates and patches, as the company is leaving behind its hardware manufacturing past and focuses "on continued software innovation." Various third parties are now in charge of developing, manufacturing and distributing BlackBerry-branded handsets.

This deal also promises to create local jobs, supporting the Indian government's "Make in India" initiative. BlackBerry and Optiemus have been working together since last November, offering the DTEK50 and DTEK60 handsets in India.

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Codrut Nistor, 2017-02- 7 (Update: 2017-02- 7)