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Roundup: RIM, ICE, VTR

Bnamericas Published: Friday, May 29, 2009
Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM) and enterprise software company SAP (NYSE: SAP) have launched a product designed to give customers "anytime, anywhere access" to the SAP Customer Relationship Management (CRM) application on BlackBerry smartphones, the companies said in a statement. The BlackBerry Sales Client for SAP CRM gives sales reps access to customer information stored in SAP CRM. "As enterprise mobility using smartphones becomes a business necessity, SAP and RIM are working to address the needs and expectations of business users through an integrated solution that enables secure, real-time access to SAP CRM," the statement reads. *** Costa Rican state telco ICE plans to transfer its existing internet service customers to the company's internet unit, Racsa, local daily La Nación reported. The move is seen as a means of consolidating ICE before the entrance of fresh competition, which will come with the liberalization of the market. Racsa offers internet over cable, while ICE offers internet via ADSL. Racsa is currently the only company in Costa Rica authorized to offer internet over cable. *** One year and two months since Chilean antitrust commission FNE presented a case against VTR, accusing it of having a potential monopoly, John Malone - owner of VTR's parent company Liberty Global (Nasdaq: LBTYA) - has not been notified of the lawsuit, local daily El Mercurio reported. Liberty Global is a holding company spun off by Liberty Media (Nasdaq: LMDIA), which last year acquired Newscorp's stake in satellite TV provider DirecTV - a competitor of VTR in Chile. Pablo Bello, head of telecoms regulator Subtel, told BNamericas last year that VTR would have to sell off assets if antitrust authorities found that indirect control of competitor DirecTV by Liberty Global would create a monopoly in the local market.

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