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RIM to launch Africa-based development centre

RIM to launch Africa-based development centre
Zen Terrelonge


Devices / Blackberry / April 3rd 2012 at 4:11PM

New facility will be located near Cairo.

RIM wants to unlock the creative talent of developers in one of the world's fastest growing emerging markets – and nurture the strong popularity of BlackBerry in the continent.

It is set to launch its first Africa-based development centre, which will be located on the outskirts of Cairo in Smart Village – the Egyptian equivalent of the UK's Tech City – according to Ahram Online.

The Canadian vendor has chosen Egypt for its venture based on the recent uprising from the country's citizens, who demonstrated a keen interest in using technology to spread news and strategise protests.

The firm will hire Egyptian engineers to develop content for BlackBerry devices, while one such app will be based around forthcoming political elections, according to RIM's North Africa exec Ben Quirin.

Despite the announcement, RIM remained tightlipped on the exact size of the new investment.

The expansion comes following last week's report that RIM lost $125 million in Q1.