RIM’s ‘rejuvenation’ of Ottawa’s tech scene: CATA Comments
April 18, 2011

“It’s hard to predict if (the growth) is sustainable, but consumers worldwide have an appetite for devices. It’s a key theme or key growth area,” said John Reid, president of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance.

With RIM in the region, he said it’s providing other companies a chance to cluster around the technology. QNX developed the operating system powering the PlayBook, while Mitel created “mobile desktop” and communications applications for the BlackBerry that it is working to port over to the tablet.

“It really is in line with our strategy to drive Mitel for voice for more and more devices – basically we’re going to want things easier for mobile and conferencing tools,” said Arnaud Bellens, Mitel’s director of strategic alliances.

That said, Mr. Reid warned RIM cannot get too comfortable, saying the experiences of Nortel and JDS Uniphase quickly falling out of favour show that even the mighty can fall.

“You have a lot more companies scrambling in this area ... so you can never be too laid back or comfortable in this position.”

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