In a transcript of an unclassified broadcast report regarding their implementation of BB10. It looks to include more ministry outside of DND. Trade, Treasury, Foreign Affairs, SSC Shared Service’s Canada being behind this and the cost benefits of a single provider, is a strong indication BB10 is going across all government organizations in Canada.
Still not a DOD size deal. But this has massive potential for the bottom line and carries weight as a testament to BlackBerry’s still dominant edge in the security domain.
Full transcript below:
As follow up to our comment to you on February 1, 2013, we would like to provide you with an update on BlackBerry 10 implementation for the Government of Canada
Shared Services Canada (SSC) is responsible for government-wide support for BlackBerry devices that are acquired under the Government Cellular Services contract. BlackBerry 10 is the new product line from BlackBerry, formerly Research In Motion. This includes two new smartphones, the Z10 and the Q10, and the new BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) 10 enterprise management system. For SSC and its partner organizations, BlackBerry smartphone management is integrated with the Email Transformation Initiative (ETI).
On April 26, 2013, SSC’s implementation strategy on BlackBerry 10 smartphones and related guidelines for departments and agencies were presented to the Public Service Management Advisory Committee (PSMAC). In accordance with that strategy, SSC will build an interim enterprise BES 10 environment to manage all SSC and partner organizations’ BlackBerry 10 smartphones.
BlackBerry 10 availability to SSC and its partner organizations is anticipated for this fall, following completion of the BES 10 environment and successful completion of a joint Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat?SSC pilot. SSC will also test internationally for low bandwidth connections through the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. SSC will continue to maintain the BES 5 server to support legacy BlackBerry devices while ETI will support both the BES 5 and BES 10 environments.
We thank you for your patience and will continue to send you updates on progress as they become available.
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If we look into the SSC they have many projects including a Telecom Transformation Initiative:
Between 2011 and 2019, the Government of Canada will transition to a single, shared telecommunications network infrastructure, while maintaining required departmental segregation of data through security domains and zones.
As part of the consolidation, Shared Services Canada will:
converge systems for voice, data and video onto the same network to minimize duplication and reduce costs;
expand the Government of Canada’s wireless network infrastructure to meet the growing requirement for connectivity to mobile devices, laptops and tablets; and
implement a more robust, standardized network security infrastructure to enhance the Government’s cyber security, resulting in improved security services, awareness capabilities, and ability to counter security threats.
Seems like BlackBerry will be at the heart of that initiative for the Canadian government.