外文标题：Lenovo eyes Barack Obama’s favourite BlackBerry
BEIJING: Chinese computer maker Lenovo is making a strategic move to acquire BlackBerry, which is used by US president Barack Obama and over 5,00,000 US officials, including many in the US Department of Defense. Reports in Wall Street Journal and IT industry publications suggest that Lenovo has already obtained access to the company’s account books.
Lenovo, which acquired IBM’s computer business in 2005, is competing with Prem Watsa-led Fairfax Financial Holdings, which has made an offer of $4.7 billion with a November 4 deadline. But IT industry publications are saying the Chinese firm might face resistance from both US and Canadian regulators.
联想在2005年收购了IBM的计算机业务，它正在与加拿大保险公司Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd竞购黑莓，后者提供了价值47亿美元的收购协议，截止日期是11月4日。然而，IT业刊物表示中国公司也许会面临来自美国和加拿大监管部门的阻力。
“Lenovo is based in China, which automatically raises national security red flags. Other Chinese firms, such as Huawei and ZTE, have struggled to acquire US companies,” New York-based Information Week said in an article.
US regulators recently asked Sprint to divest some of its Chinese-made networking infrastructure to pave the way for a separate deal with SoftBank, it said. Chinese telecom maker Huawei, which is headed by a former member of the People’s Liberation Army, has faced resistance in several countries including India and the US because of suspicion that its equipment could pose security risks.
“Lenovo managed to grow share by expanding into the ‘PC plus’ area, including tablets and smartphones,” Andreas Mayer, Lenovo’s executive director, said in a recent interview with China’s Xinhua news agency. Chinese mobile makers are fighting a relentless battle against the rising tide of demand for iPhone and Apple products within the country. Ownership of BlackBerry would give Lenovo an opportunity to take on Apple, observers said.
BlackBerry would also prove to be hugely valuable for Lenovo both because it holds precious technology patents and an enterprise network, which powers the email and BBM messages used across the world. Nearly a million BlackBerrys are believed to be in use by US government officials, half of which are used within the US Department of defense.
aditya pratham (pune)
I think lenovo should acquire Blackberry it will give then edge over the smartphone market
aditya pratham (pune) replies to aditya pratham
Its very difficult them to acquire because Us and Canada law will not allow them due its Chinese & they will say it will affect there security , but think to get competition they should allow to acquire BB.
Ranjit (pune) replies to aditya pratham
If Lenovo was to acquire BB i am quite sure they will loose the US government contracts. Which will reduce its subscriber base by a huge margin. On the other hand maybe Chinese subscriptions might increase.
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EGK Menon ()
Chinese acquisition is not going to add to the value and good will of BlackBerry. China has it’s strategy based on commerce than on quality and reputation. BlackBerry should be able to tide over the crisis within Canada, so that it’s efficacy and name are retained.
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Third Artillery (China) replies to EGK Menon
say what you say and be a sour grape and use Made in China Cell phone. you are welcome.
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Third Artillery (China)
Lenovo moves a little bit too late, Huawei, ZTE and Xiaomi are already too big in androit Smart Phones, maybe Lenovo wants to get a bite from older generation users who loved the Blackberry vanity taste.
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How is Blackberry such a popular and profitable smartphone company going bankrupt? And soon to by acquired by foreign companies. They were at the top competing against Apple and Samsung. I don’t think Canada cares about their own companies like letting China buy Nexen.