RIM has announced plans to extend its line up of BlackBerry PlayBook tablets to support the LTE and HSPA+ standards.
The UK does not currently have 4G networks, but LTE technology should be rolling out next year, while HSPA+ will be more appealing to UK operators in the shorter term.
RIM will add the tablets to its PlayBook range later this year, and is pitching them at enterprise or professional users. The news was announced at Mobile World Congress by Mike Lazaridis, president and co-chief executive of RIM.
"The BlackBerry PlayBook is already being widely recognised for its superior performance, rich web experience, enterprise readiness and deep support for web standards and open development tools," he said.
"We are now building on the PlayBook's many advantages with support for additional 4G networks that will allow enhanced business opportunities for carriers and developers and unparalleled mobile experiences for users."
RIM refers to the PlayBook as a "professional grade" device, but said that it has consumer appeal, which could help to drive use among enterprises.
The company said that the devices are ultraportable and allow for multi-tasking and multiprocessing, and support Adobe Flash unlike the Apple iPad.
The tablets also include Bluetooth tethering, which should improve communications and access to mobile hotspots.
RIM will release the first two PlayBooks in the first half of this year, and the second two with the additional LTE and HSPA+ support in the second half.
The models run RIM's own tablet operating system, but reports suggest that the firm is ready to support Google's Android operating system.
The PlayBooks may be rather late to the market, however, and will face stiff competition at launch from the well-established iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab.
RIM's potential adoption of Android, and the introduction of new mobile services support, could certainly help it increase its footprint in the enterprise.
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