IBM interested in RIM's enterprise services unit

[UPDATE] IT giant reportedly made "informal approach" on possibly acquiring RIM's enterprise services division, but still no one has shown interest in buying division which manufactures BlackBerry phones.

Research In Motion's enterprise services unit have attracted the interest of IBM, which has made an "informal approach" on potentially acquiring the division.

The division operates a network of secure servers used to support its BlackBerry devices, a source who declined to be named, told Bloomberg in a Friday report.

However, no party has yet shown interest in buying all of RIM or the division which manufactures its BlackBerry phones, but the Canadian company will wait for the rollout of BlackBerry 10 phones next year before making any decisions on a sale, the person said. No talks are under way at the moment, the source added.

When approached by ZDNet Asia, RIM declined to comment while IBM said it "does not comment on rumors or speculation".

During its fourth quarter earnings call in March this year, RIM CEO Thorsten Heins said it plans to refocus on the enterprise business and capitalize on its position in the segment. RIM had launched its mobile device management (MDM) product, BlackBerry Mobile Fusion here in Asia last month , and revealed it was eyeing Asia's developed markets due to the strong uptake of smartphones and mobile devices in the region.

Just Thursday, an analyst had said Samsung could be interested in buying RIM's BlackBerry 10 licenses , but Samsung maintained it had "not considered" either acquiring RIM in whole, or licensing the new software to install it in its upcoming smartphones.

Brian Blair of Wedge Partners previously told ZDNet that the BlackBerry maker has little to be desired by prospective partners , as it was struggling with BlackBerry 10 operating system and range of supported phones. Its only stable thing is its data infrastructure and vast array of patents and even so, its patent portfolio does not come close to Nokia's.

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