UAE: No halt on Blackberry services
09 Oct 2010
(MENAFN) The UAE will not suspend BlackBerry services on October 11 after resolving a dispute with its Canadian maker Research in Motion over access to email and other data, state news WAM agency reported.
The UAE had said it would suspend BlackBerry Messenger, email and web browser services to about 500,000 subscribers from October 11 unless Canadian BlackBerry maker RIM works out a way to locate encrypted servers in the country, so that the government can seek access to messages.
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has confirmed that Blackberry services are now compliant with the UAE’s telecommunications regulatory framework, a statement on WAM said.
Saudi Arabia and India also threatened to cut off services but have reached an agreement with RIM, and an UAE official said in September the country was “very optimistic” about reaching a deal before the October 11 deadline.
Before the dispute, Information sent to and from BlackBerries had been encrypted and handled by servers outside the UAE.