NEW YORK, NEW YORK and WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 26, 2013) - BlackBerry(R) (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSX:BB) and Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), the leading media company serving Hispanic America, today announced that Univision has purchased 2,000 BlackBerry(R) Q10 smartphones to upgrade all corporate issued BlackBerry smartphones. In addition to upgrading their entire mobile fleet, Univision is offering new BlackBerry(R) 10 apps on the BlackBerry(R) World(TM) storefront.
Univision has more than 60 local broadcast TV stations and nearly 70 radio stations, and uses BlackBerry as the backbone of their enterprise mobility and app development roadmap. When evaluating the latest smartphones available in today's competitive marketplace, Univision chose to invest in BlackBerry because of the clear enterprise-ready benefits, including security, user experience and total cost of ownership.
"The new BlackBerry 10 operating system is an enterprise-friendly and enterprise-ready platform for getting things done," said Univision CIO Christopher Furst. "BlackBerry has listened to the functionality we have asked for and continues to develop products that enable Univision to support employees working remotely."
With BlackBerry Q10 smartphones, Univision employees have the classic BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard, re-engineered with predictive typing that's paired with a touchscreen display. Employees are able to continue to be efficient in the workplace no matter where they are with features such as super-fast browsing speeds and Documents To Go that enable customers to update charts in spreadsheets, make last minute edits to documents and give interactive presentations. BlackBerry(R) Balance(TM) also enables employees to access both personal and work data, without compromising security.
"At BlackBerry, our goal is to arm enterprise customers such as Univision with a mobile platform that keeps them moving and connected to their business," said Stephen Bates, Senior Vice President of Global Enterprise Accounts at BlackBerry. "Univision has an international, fast-paced workforce and that's why they chose BlackBerry 10 as their mobile device platform. The BlackBerry Q10 smartphone's advanced hardware, communications and multimedia features, along with long battery life, means employees can confidently stay ahead and take action all day long."
Univision's BlackBerry 10 App Offering
The desire for culturally relevant digital video for Hispanics is at its peak as more than 75 percent of the U.S. Hispanic population own a smartphone and consumption of online video has soared 282 percent over the last five years. Through the UVideos app offering on BlackBerry World, customers can now enjoy thousands of hours of the most popular content among Hispanics in both Spanish and English on BlackBerry 10 smartphones.