Consulting firm KPMG has bought 3,500 new BlackBerry 10 (BB10) smartphones for use by staff in its Milan office, despite ongoing questions over the Canadian firm’s long-term future.
BlackBerry said KPMG’s is also pushing ahead with its plans to migrate to BlackBerry’s new Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solution and BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES10).
The news comes during a dark period for BlackBerry, which has been losing money since the launch of its current BB10 operating system. The losses led BlackBerry to seek buyout offers from a variety of sources with no clear future for the firm in sight.
IT lead partner at KPMG Davide Grassano highlighted the security benefits of BES10 and BB10 as key reasons for the company’s continued interest in the platform. “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 Grassano.