BlackBerry wins 80,000 handset contract with US defence department

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News of the deal sent shares in the company up by 35 per cent

BlackBerry has won a 80,000 handset contract with the US department of defence.

The government department announced it would roll out the phones to employees before the end of the year as part of its ‘mobility implementation plan’.

Although this programme also includes 1,800 non-BlackBerry devices including the iPad 3 and 4, iPhone 4s and 5, Samsung 10.1 tablets and Motorola RAZR, the majority of the 100,000 employees set to get devices will receive a BlackBerry.

At the end of last year, BlackBerry CEO John Chen said that it is the only mobile device management provider to have permission to operate on US defence department networks.

“Many in the regulated industries – those with the most stringent security needs – still depend solely on BlackBerry to secure their mobile infrastructure. For governments, BlackBerry cannot just be replaced,” he said.

News of the contract saw BlackBerry shares rise by around 35 per cent from the end of 2013 to a peak of $10.5 (£6.30).

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