CANADIAN PHONE MAKER Blackberry has received some good news for once, with the US Department of Defense (DoD) clearing the Blackberry Z10 and Blackberry Q10 smartphones for use on its networks.
On Thursday, the the DoD announced that the Blackberry 10 operating system had gained the Authority to Operate (ATO) on its networks, adding that Blackberry 10 is the first Mobile Device Management system (MDM) to receive this seal of approval.
The US Defense Information Systems Agency is currently developing the infrastructure to support Blackberry 10 smartphones, and has said that the architecture will support 10,000 Blackberry Q10 and Blackberry Z10 handsets by autumn and 30,000 before year's end.
Scott Totzke, SVP of Blackberry's security group said, "Being the first smartphones to be supported on US Department of Defense networks further establishes Blackberry's proven and validated security model.
"With foreign entities - governmental and criminal - ramping up attacks on electronic communications and information systems, Blackberry provides government agencies with a proven partner that follows top-to-button security protocols."
This is very good news for Blackberry, as although its smartphones might no longer be as popular as the iPhone or Samsung's Galaxy devices, this seems to show that for those after a secure smartphone, a Blackberry 10 phone is the way to go. This DoD approval could see an increase in general sales too, as consumers look to migrate to more secure systems following the recent PRISM revelations.
Blackberry will be hoping so, at least, as things haven't been looking great for the firm lately. During its most recent earnings call, the firm revealed that it had sold just 2.7 million Blackberry 10 smartphones during its fiscal first quarter, leading to an $84m loss. µ