GSMA 2009 Chairman’s Award Presented to Research In Motion
The company behind BlackBerry(R) is recognized for pioneering the wireless data industry
In his presentation to RIM Co-CEO
On receiving the award,
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RIM has now shipped over 50 million BlackBerry smartphones and continues to grow at an impressive rate. In fact, in its thirteen years as a public company, RIM has grown its revenues by a remarkable 170,000%. RIM’s accomplishments in both innovation and business excellence have served the company and the mobile communications industry well, and RIM is the deserving recipient of this year’s GSMA Chairman’s Award.
GSMA Chairman Izosimov added: “In my opinion, BlackBerry helped keep the mobile data flame alive, and it helped the industry justify investment in GPRS and 3G in the face of early scepticism. It’s hard to imagine life before BlackBerry. Before the revolution of the BlackBerry “push email” service, finding a dial up and accessing email was a painful experience and RIM’s passion for innovation and growth has continued steadily since that game-changing breakthrough. It’s an extraordinary story.”
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