RIM CEO sees Asia sales doubling in a year

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Asia is the next big market in telecommunications industry.

Research In Motion Ltd. expects sales in Asia to double in 12 months and hopes to win approval early next year to launch its flagship BlackBerry device in China, its co-chief executive said Thursday.

Co-Chief Executive Jim Balsillie told Reuters the firm hoped to get approval from Chinese regulators by the first quarter of 2007 to begin shipping its devices, which helped popularise wireless e-mailing, to the mainland market through partner China Mobile Ltd. — the world’s largest cellular operator.

“Currently we have 30 carrier partners we’ve launched in 17 countries. We’d like to add another 15 to 20 carriers in the next year,” Balsillie said in an interview on the sidelines of the ITU World 2006 forum in Hong Kong. Link

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