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BlackBerry to expand its operations in India

business Updated: Oct 08, 2008 20:53 IST

Research in Motion Ltd, the maker of BlackBerry phones, has decided to expand its operations in India by adding two more carriers, its top executive said.

The company also launched BlackBerry Storm, its first touchscreen phone on Wednesday, which will compete with Apple's iPhone.

"BlackBerry could be a great platform for India's 2020 vision of development - something RIM is currently cooperating with the Indian government on," BlackBerry co-Chief Executive Officer Jim Balsillie said.

He said the current meltdown should not hurt sales.

He was addressing over 200 top executives of Canadian companies at a function organised by the Canada-India Business Council. Roy MacLaren, Chairman of C-IBC said, "We want greater visibility and presence of Canadian companies in India as the C-IBC was committed to promote India in Canada.

Balsillie said that the company would have two more tie-ups with Indian wireless operators soon. Right now the company has tied up with five wireless operators-- Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Essar, Reliance Communications, BPL Mobile and Tata Communications.