Over 50 carriers testing BlackBerry 10 now
Research In Motion stated today that more than 50 carriers are testing its BlackBerry 10 platform, a critical step to getting its next-generation smartphones in the market next year.
RIM reiterated the company’s target of releasing its two BlackBerry 10 smartphones in the first quarter of next year.
Carriers need to test the platform and RIM’s products before certifying it for use on their networks, a process known as “Lab Entry.”
The process, which could take anywhere from a week to several weeks and varies depending on carrier partner, is mandatory for any mobile operating system, smartphone, or other wireless equipment looking to jump on a network.
RIM CEO Thorsten Heins has spent the last several weeks on a road trip visiting carriers around the world in an attempt to drum up excitement for its new platform.
RIM CEO Thorsten Heins said:
I’m very pleased to confirm that we have passed a critical milestone in the development of our brand new mobile computing platform, BlackBerry 10.
In the last week, BlackBerry 10 achieved Lab Entry with more than 50 carriers — a key step in our preparedness for the launch of BlackBerry 10 in the first quarter of 2013. We made this commitment during our recent results conference call and we have delivered. This process will continue in the coming months as more carriers around the world formally evaluate the devices and our brand new software.
I have spent the last several weeks on the road visiting with carrier partners around the world to show them the BlackBerry 10 platform and to share with them our plans for launch. Their response has been tremendous. They are excited about the prospect of launching BlackBerry 10 in their markets.
Our respective teams are now engaged on the technical and commercial preparation of the launch of BlackBerry 10 and the lab entry is an important milestone in that context.
The hard work will not stop here as we build towards launch.
Our developer teams are continuing to generate momentum to bring a wealth of applications to BlackBerry 10, our enterprise teams have started to present BlackBerry 10 devices and services to our business customers, and our engineers are fully mobilized to ensure that BlackBerry 10 launches flawlessly in the first quarter of 2013.