Press Release: Odebrecht Purchasing 3500 BlackBerry 10 Smartphones for Operations in Brazil

By Adam Zeis on 28 Feb 2014 12:05 pm EST
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The Brazilian company Odebrecht has just announced that they wil be purchasing 3,500 BlackBerry 10 devices to deploy in their organization along with BES10. Odebrecht will be purchasing a mix of Z10 and Q5 models during the first year of their contract. Odebrecht CIO Andre Schneiter cites the security features of both BlackBerry 10 and BES10 and one of the biggest deciding factors, and also BlackBerry Balance so that executives don't need to carry both work and personal devices.

Press Release

Odebrecht Purchasing 3500 BlackBerry 10 Smartphones for Operations in Brazil

Feb 25, 2014 Sao Paulo, Brazil – BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB), a world leader in mobile communications, and Odebrecht, a Brazilian organization with global presence with more than 190,000 employees and 41,5 billion dollars in revenues in 2012, announced today that Odebrecht will be purchasing 3,500 BlackBerry® 10 smartphones, a mix of BlackBerry® Z10 and BlackBerry® Q5 models during the first year of contract. The company has also decided to deploy the BlackBerry® Enterprise Service 10 (BES10) EMM solution to manage and secure the smartphones.

Odebrecht’s choice was based on one of BlackBerry’s most crucial differentiators: security. “BlackBerry 10 smartphones and BES10 provide the security and reliability we need for our daily operations,” said Odebrecht’s CIO Andre Schneiter. “In addition, BlackBerry Balance technology offers great flexibility and privacy to our executives, which was also a decisive factor.”

Odebrecht needed a solution that would meet the company’s demanding requirements for information security. BES10 is designed to meet corporate requirements in regulated industries and government, and was the best solution for Odebrecht with their on-premise email servers and requirements for a high level of IT controls. With unique functionality like BlackBerry® Balance™ technology, corporate and personal data are kept separated, with Odebrecht able to secure and manage the corporate data on a user’s BlackBerry 10 smartphone. In addition, users can run personal applications in their personal space but are prevented from sharing corporate data with personal contacts, which provides more thorough protection for the business.

“At BlackBerry, our goal is to provide customers like Odebrecht with a secure mobile platform that helps employees be productive and connected to their business. BlackBerry is recognized as the most secure enterprise mobility management solution on the market and it allows organizations to separate and secure a user’s personal content from work data,” explained Wes Nicol, Regional Managing Director for Latin America at BlackBerry. “This implementation is the direct result of a well-planned, collective effort. We worked hand in hand with Odebrecht to identify the company’s security and communication needs.”

82 comments

walt63

Keep it moving BBRY.

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ianbordas

Good move, Odebretch is a multi-national company, this will help spread out to all other locations throughout Latin America!!

walt63

Heck yeah it is. It's not always about USDoD or other US gov agencies. Yes those are like winning the mega millions (in regards to financially and credibility), but when you can get a lot of rollouts such as this one, they start to add up.

It would be nice to see a press release like this a few times month.

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ATI nsider

This is interesting. And to think A regular Enterprise company will be more secure than the US Air Force lol. Keep Moving BBRY.

sfor13thlegion

Totally agree.

Whichever air force brass made that decision should give their head a shake.

Can't wait till the Chinese and Russians start intercepting their iMessages.

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RP Singh

I know, right ?

Sent from my iPuh-lease-as-IF

kirshan

Your signature is amazing!

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THBW

He probably works for Apple now. It's called the revolving door.

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iMessage, spyMessage

eBBM ftw!

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

mauro316

This strategy also allows BlackBerry to diversify their business and not just a few couple concentrated customers, if you loose the DoD no problem, we have a few thousand other enterprises that trust our service. Good job to the team!

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Felipe O

The information is not accurate the total number was 7.4k and for both Odebrecht and Jac Motors in Brazil. (7k by Odebrecht and 400 by Jac)
http://m.baguete.com.br/news/readnews/4/76895

diegonei

Odebrecht actually already had a good number of active Z10s, I think the big news here is the BES10 push.

Either way: WOHOOO! (And some more wohoo, I'm from Brasil. xD)

Z10NIZED

Good news

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trsbbs

Wow...

CB10 via Verizon Z10. 10.2.1.2141

Clanked

Excellenta

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kylef5993

Q5 models? Hmmmm

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TimJohnSmith

Perhaps replacing older BlackBerry phones?

Tim Smith from my Z10 on Rogers

kylef5993

Not sure. Definitely not comparable to a Q10 in my opinion. Especially in a business environment.

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diegonei

Because? 800mhz? Q5s do just fine if you mean business.

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It's a work phone. When they get them, the execs will go out, buy a Q10 and give this to the kids.....

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

walt63

I'm waiting for someone to say that this isn't positive news for BBRY....

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Brian Scheirer

Terrible news, they only want to give BlackBerry devices to 1.8% of their employees. Need to have deployments to at least 2% for it to be good news. ;)

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TimJohnSmith

2%? I thought 1.81%. Must have gone up.

Tim Smith from my Z10 on Rogers

mauro316

It's a multinational, they just closed a deal for 3500 users just in Brazil. It's not that simple to close a deal across different locations with different management and deployment strategies. It's one step at a time ;)

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boutabssil

I agree

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bb_fever

It's all about SECURITY!

Loving My SexyBack Z10!

1roguecanuck

Another step in the right direction

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TioPepe78

They mention only z10 and Q5 but I've seen most of their staff with Q10

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vinteenovedejulho

@TioPepe78 I too seen them with Q10's in SP

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diegonei

Now this is great to hear! I've seen a Odebrecht issued Z10 in Salvador (yes... I said hi and showed him mine, then we have a nice CB-fashioned chat).

Koepman

Great news *dancing*

Since 2010 

Fourspeed

Where are the trolls? Good news BlackBerry. Keep it rolling.

steini_5260

should go for the best... Q10 & Z30. Though not bad at all. #keepmoving

It's Z30 baby

abwan11

Great to see how independent thinking all these companies outside of the US are.

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pj.turney

Another good news item. This goes to show there is still confidence in BlackBerry.

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DurdenLunarius

During MWC I remember seeing a thread or comment from someone saying they should target Brazil as an emerging market to grab. Looks like they got their wish. Always great to see positive Press Releases from BlackBerry!

diegonei

If they want the masses here ot buy BB10 phones, they need:

- dual SIM card support;
- price tag no higher than R$ 450 ($225);
- Q5-like specs;
- 5" screen

Then it's sit back and watch the cash flow in;

Nigelbrown

Love it, outside of the USA people want proper security on their devices.

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vlcmfreak7

They want proper security because of the US spying on them.

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RP Singh

They won't need to worry that much if the US is using iTech for their spying...

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vlcmfreak7

I'm sure the NSA is using super computers and tech we haven't even heard about.

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THBW

I don't know why everyone is worried about the NSA. It's not like the US government attracts the best and brightest.

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BBstarBB

A very smart company.Way to go for picking BlackBerry instead of other NSA loving smartphones..

LeroyP09

Good news

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imcurved

Great news.
On a separate note, I wonder why they picked Q5.

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walt63

I kind of thought that too. Maybe they just want email and eBBM - strickly good, effective, and secure communicating. With that, you don't need a 10 version. Take care of the bottom line you know.

diegonei

They need devices that work well and are meant for business, not fun.

Q series are all about that. Q5s are cheaper than Q10s. It all adds up well.

And they do have Z10s in there.

GrahamPink

BlackBerry needs to sell security in the morning, in the afternoon and before going to bed at night. If you can't provide a secure communication platform, you might as well go home.

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nemasus

BlackBerry shouldn't go to bed at all.

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zoe sun

good news!

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masterful

Welcome abroad

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Peter Lee4

Great stuff. Good to see blackberry cranking out those BES 10 licenses!

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skeuri

That's great news!

Surprised to see a company going for Q5s. Can't blame ' m though ;-)

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Carjackd

Great news for team blackberry

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JamesIV

Nice!

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pittster

Good to hear they are moving some of that inventory.

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bbcat

Great news for Waterloo BlackBerry...hooray! Keep hitting hard on strengths like security and flexibility. Keep moving things along Chen.

A shout from my Z30

CarGuy1368

More good news!

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fan_BB10

Love hearing good news...Keep moving BlackBerry!

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pididipop

Good new for BlackBerry , I hope. How many times have seen stuff like this only to find out it's a bad rumor. Just saying.

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jdm joe

Keep moving. Don't stop believing!

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Eduardo S

Way to go!Blackberry needs to enter Brazil, it's a market with huge potential. The majority of people here doesn't even know Blackberry anymore,because they only buy Samsung and Apple.

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PegBerry

Good news. Smiling!!!!

HUNTZODIAC

Let's go!!!!!! Keep Moving #TeamBlackBerry

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TranceRomance

Nice! That's a lot of devices.

Posted via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA  ‎BlackBerry Q10...SON! (Soon to be the almighty Z30!)

Asuhmiaseh

Always a worthy read and imho an objective view of BlackBerry's situation.

http://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=228808

Don Diego endorses the Zed.

tracyleek

Excellent news!!

Posted with my Q10 via CB10

foobu2

At least they take their security seriously, not like some. Well done to them.

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Sunofabob

Good to see that they maintain that enterprise presence. If I had a company with secrets I'd go with BB without hesitation.

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boujwalii

Way to go Blackberry...Adam if you see this can you compile a list of all those companies worldwide or state agencies who have bought on to BlackBerry 10? Thanks...

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stlscott18

Nice addition to the Chrysler rollout and US govt, 80K units we have recently been informed of.

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stlscott18

Any update w Ford and Sync?

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deercreekmichael

Excellent news.

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Marcaroni

Let's hope these sparks may keep on flashing until the IT world finally realizes the genuine and unique business approach of BlackBerry. Keep on moving in that direction! With the speed and efficiency of your unparalleled OS10.

BlackBerry Z10 | 10.2.1.537 OUTSTANDING | AMAZING

Hmazari

Outside of the US is where the huge potential lies for BlackBerry. Great news.
BlackBerry forever!

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steakman911

Rock on BBry!

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eugene_9900

Keep it up BlackBerry. My buddies have been waiting for this time to come. Spread the love in Brazil. The best are Q10 and Z30 though.

Rockin' with the Q10…