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UAE Blackberry Services To Continue After Oct. 11

UAE Blackberry Services To Continue After Oct. 11

Research in Motion (RIM) has managed to avoid a ban in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on its BlackBerry service after appeasing the country's telecoms authorities.

A statement released by the country's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) confirmed Blackberry services are now compliant with the country's regulatory framework and as such said the threat of a ban was now lifted.

"The TRA has confirmed today that all Blackberry services in the UAE will continue to operate as normal and no suspension of service will occur on October 11, 2010," it said.

"The TRA would like to acknowledge the positive engagement and collaboration of Research in Motion in reaching this regulatory compliant outcome."

No information was given on the specific changes RIM had made to appease the authorities and questions to the TRA from V3.co.uk went unanswered.

RIM also declined to offer any comment on the announcement.

The end of the threat of a ban in the UAE will no doubt come as a relief to RIM, which has spent the last few months having to deal with similar security concerns in other nations including India and Saudi Arabia.

Authorities in these nations have all cited concerns with the way data sent between BlackBerry devices is encrypted and stored remotely, which they argued poses a security risk.

The news will also have been welcomed by BlackBerry users in the country, who will have feared heavy disruption to their working and personal lives if a ban had come into force.


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