Alcatel-Lucent and RIM Announce Strategic Agreement for the Distribution of BlackBerry(R) Smartphones in China



    PARIS and WATERLOO, ON, Oct. 23 /CNW/ - Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris
and NYSE:   ALU) and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq:   RIMM; TSX: RIM) today
announced that the companies have expanded their partnership with the signing
of a strategic agreement for the distribution of BlackBerry(R) smartphones in
China. The first smartphone offered to Chinese enterprise customers through
this agreement will be the 8700 model.
    The announcement coincides with the first shipment of smartphones to
distribution networks in China and availability for Chinese enterprise
customers in key markets is expected to begin later this year. Alcatel-Lucent
achieved certification of the 8700 model for the Chinese market through
partnership with TCL Communications, a major mobile device manufacturer in
China that holds the Alcatel brand for mobile handsets. RIM and TCL
Communications are showcasing BlackBerry smartphones at the PT EXPO COMM CHINA
2007 show in Beijing this week.
    "This strategic partnership perfectly matches Alcatel-Lucent's global
presence and strength in the Chinese market with the global awareness and
popularity of RIM's BlackBerry brand," said Frederic Rose, President of
Alcatel Shanghai Bell and President of Alcatel-Lucent's Asia Pacific
activities. "This agreement strengthens the distribution frame agreement that
Alcatel-Lucent and RIM signed last year covering Africa, the Middle East,
South East Asia and now extends to China."
    "Following our launch of the BlackBerry service with China Mobile, we are
very pleased to now enter this smartphone distribution agreement with
Alcatel-Lucent and Alcatel Shanghai Bell. Our partnership with Alcatel-Lucent
has been very productive in other regions and has been key in our progress to
import smartphones into the Chinese market," said Jim Balsillie, Co-CEO of
Research In Motion. "The BlackBerry platform offers robust and unmatched
benefits for enterprise customers that wish to enhance mobile productivity and
competitive advantage. We look forward to building on the early interest and
momentum we are experiencing in China with both multinational and domestic
corporations."
    RIM continues to expand its global distribution and the industry-leading
BlackBerry solution is now available from over 300 carriers around the world.

    About Alcatel-Lucent

    Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE:   ALU) provides solutions that
enable service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, to deliver
voice, data and video communication services to end-users. As a leader in
fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies,
applications, and services, Alcatel-Lucent offers the end-to-end solutions
that enable compelling communications services for people at home, at work and
on the move. With operations in more than 130 countries, Alcatel-Lucent is a
local partner with global reach. The company has the most experienced global
services team in the industry, and one of the largest research, technology and
innovation organizations in the telecommunications industry. Alcatel-Lucent
achieved adjusted proforma revenues of Euro 18.3 billion in 2006 and is
incorporated in France, with executive offices located in Paris. (All figures
exclude impact of activities transferred to Thales). For more information,
visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

    About Research In Motion (RIM)

    Research in Motion is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of
innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market.
Through the development of integrated hardware, software and services that
support multiple wireless network standards, RIM provides platforms and
solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information including email,
phone, SMS messaging, Internet and intranet-based applications. RIM technology
also enables a broad array of third party developers and manufacturers to
enhance their products and services with wireless connectivity to data. RIM's
portfolio of award-winning products, services and embedded technologies are
used by thousands of organizations around the world and include the
BlackBerry(R) wireless platform, the RIM Wireless Handheld(TM) product line,
software development tools, radio-modems and software/hardware licensing
agreements. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates
offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. RIM is listed on the Nasdaq
Stock Market (Nasdaq:   RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM). For
more information, visit http://www.rim.com or http://www.blackberry.com.

    Forward-looking statements in this news release are made pursuant to the
"safe harbor" provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation
Reform Act of 1995. When used herein, words such as "intend" and similar
expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements.
    Forward-looking statements are based on assumptions made by and
information available to Research In Motion Limited. Investors are cautioned
that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties.
Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from
those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include, without
limitation, possible product defects and product liability, risks related to
international sales and potential foreign currency exchange fluctuations, the
initiation or outcome of litigation, acts or potential acts of terrorism,
international conflicts, significant fluctuations of quarterly operating
results, changes in Canadian and foreign laws and regulations, continued
acceptance of RIM's products, increased levels of competition, technological
changes and the successful development of new products, dependence on
third-party networks to provide services, dependence on intellectual property
rights and other risks and factors detailed from time to time in RIM's
periodic reports filed with the United States Securities and Exchange
Commission, and other regulatory authorities. The Company has no intention or
obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a
result of new information, future events or otherwise.

    The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are
the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited. RIM,
Research In Motion and BlackBerry are registered with the U.S. Patent and
Trademark Office and may be pending or registered in other countries. RIM
assumes no liability and makes no representation, warranty or guarantee in
relation to third party products or services.





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For further information: Alcatel-Lucent Press Contacts, Regine Coqueran,
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Investor Relations, Scott Ashby, Tel: +33-1-40-76-29-90,
scott.ashby@alcatel-lucent.com; Pascal Bantegnie, Tel: +33-1-40-76-52-20,
pascal.bantegnie@alcatel-lucent.com; Maria Alcon, Tel: +33-1-40-76-15-17,
maria.alcon@alcatel-lucent.com; John DeBono, Tel: (908) 582-7793,
debono@alcatel-lucent.com; Tony Lucido, Tel: +33-1-40-76-49-80,
tony.lucido@alcatel-lucent.com; RIM Media Contact: Hannah Jackson, Tel:
+44-1784-223-929, hjackson@rim.com; RIM Investor Relations: Investor
Relations, Tel: (519) 888-7465, investor_relations@rim.com

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