Cable & Telecom

CTS 2009: From decoding Swedish to exabytes of traffic, RIM’s Lazaridis dives into his history

TORONTO – On the day his Research In Motion co-CEO Jim Balsillie had his NHL franchise bid rejected, RIM president and co-CEO Mike Lazaridis was waxing nostalgic about the company’s humble beginnings 25 years ago, during a keynote address at the Canadian Telecom Summit on Monday. Founded in 1984 when Lazaridis was still a university student, RIM recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Blackberry device (and then about eight hours later, unveiled the latest BlackBerry, the Tour) “What seems to really register with me is this industry has been around for quite a while,” Lazaridis said. “We’ve been focused...