BlackBerry starts separate division for its software

BlackBerry has started a new division that includes the QNX operating system and its encryption software. The Canadian smartphone maker announced this on Monday.

The division is called BlackBerry Technology Solutions and will mainly focus on the software that the smartphone maker offers. This concerns, for example, the QNX operating system, which BlackBerry uses for its BlackBerry 10 operating system. In addition, Project Ion, in which BlackBerry is working on machine-to-machine communication, and the encryption software of its subsidiary Certicom fall under the new branch.

With the division, the new BlackBerry under Chen’s policy seems to be slowly emerging. It was previously announced that he wants to put more emphasis on business customers with his devices, such as the new Passport, from which only a part of income should be derived. The company gets the rest from services and software, which already account for more than two-thirds of the turnover.

BlackBerry has appointed Sandeep Chennakeshu to lead the new branch, BTS for short. Chennakeshu previously served as a board member at Ericsson and CTO of Sony-Ericsson. He is also an inventor with over seventy patents to his name. According to CEO John Chen, the board member, together with the new division, is suitable for creating new sources of income for BlackBerry.