BlackBerry and Foxconn agree five-year partnership


Agreement will see select BlackBerry devices jointly developed and manufactured to target “fast-growing” markets including Indonesia and Mexico

BlackBerry has entered into a five-year partnership with Taiwan-based electronics manufacturing giant Foxconn to develop and manufacturer handsets for emerging markets.

The agreement, announced today (December 20), will initially focus on developing a 3G BB10 handset which will be rolled out during March and April in Indonesia. It is expected to be made available in at least six other “fast-growing” markets – including Mexico – during 2014.

BlackBerry executive chairman and CEO John Chen said: “This partnership demonstrates BlackBerry’s commitment to the device market for the long-term and our determination to remain the innovation leader in secure end-to-end mobile solutions.”

Chen added that the partnership will allow BlackBerry to focus on design, security, software development and enterprise mobility management, while addressing “fast-growing markets leveraging Foxconn’s scale and efficiency”.

Foxconn will manage the inventory associated with the new products, while Blackberry will own all of its intellectual property and perform product assurances on devices created through the partnership, as it does with all third-party manufacturers.