The SCITC to impose Blackberry services ban from August 5.
Hot on the heels of UAE’s announcement to suspend Blackberry services, the Saudi Communication and Information Technology Commission has ordered wireless companies in the country to stop all Blackberry services beginning on August 5.
According to CNN, the Saudi government is claiming that “because the manufacturer of the devices couldn’t meet the regulatory requirements of the commission and it is not in accordance with the regulations and conditions of licenses issued to service providers, at its present state”.
The mandate will applied to both individual and business customers.
Defending gulf country’s stance on blocking Blackberry email, instant messenger and web browsing services, UAE’s ambassador to the US and Mexico Yousef Al Otaiba said that they are “asking for exactly the same regulatory compliance — and with the same principles of judicial and regulatory oversight — that BlackBerry grants the U.S. and other governments and nothing more.”
UAE local telecom companies Etisalat and du have already unveiled alternate plans for all its Blackberry customers.