Troubled smartphone firm Blackberry has announced a deal to supply 3,500 handsets to KPMG Italy.
The order is much-needed vote of confidence in the firm’s new Blackberry 10 platform and secure data services.
In recent years Blackberry has been squeezed by the success of Apple’s iPhone and handsets running Google’s Android operating system.
It has also announced plans s to axe 500 jobs and reduce the number of handsets it offers after reporting losses of almost $1bn.
Last month the board accepted a provisional buy-out offer from its biggest shareholder, Fairfax Financial which would see it taken private, a move would let it restructure without the scrutiny associated with its stock market listing.
“Every day our professionals need to share confidential information and need a reliable smartphone with strong security, and the flexibility to meet different working needs,” said Davide Grassano, IT Lead Partner at KPMG Milan.
“With BlackBerry 10 we have found the best solution in terms of usability, security, connectivity and price. The BlackBerry solution allows our users to have access to shared files and other internal resources, while also working to prevent the accidental leakage of business documents and attachments.”
“Customers understand the value and benefits of our offering and this is why more than 25,000 BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 commercial and test servers have already been installed globally, including within many of the world’s top organizations,” said Alberto Acito, Managing Director, for South East Europe at BlackBerry.