TRA orders Blackberry services suspension from October

By on August 1, 2010
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All Blackberry services to be suspended “until an acceptable solution” is reached.

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) confirmed today that all Blackberry services including Messenger, e-mail, and web-browsing will be suspended in the UAE from October 11, according to a report from Gulf News.

Earlier last month, TRA had issued a statement in which it said that since Blackberry operates outside the jurisdiction of national legislation, it had no control or regulation of the data being transfered through the network, hence posing as a major security risk that could be exploited by criminals.

The suspension is a result of the failure to reach agreeable terms to bring Blackberry services in the UAE in line with the country’s regulations. TRA said that the services will be suspended until an acceptable solution is reached.

“With no solution available and in the public interest, in order to affect resolution of this issue, as of October 11, 2010, Blackberry Messenger, Blackberry Email and Blackberry Web-browsing services will be suspended until an acceptable solution can be developed and applied,” said TRA Director General Mohammad Al Ganem.

“We informed both Etisalat and du that providing the option of alternative services to ensure the continuity of service from October 11 to its subscribers – both individuals and organisations – is the most important priority,” Al Ganem added.

“The TRA notes that BlackBerry appears to be compliant in similar regulatory environments of other countries, which makes non-compliance in the UAE both disappointing and of great concern,” he added.

Source: Gulfnews.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

  • ibrahim

    yes al last the black berry madness has come to stop

  • Bilyana

    Mr Ibrahim, are you aware how many people are using it in regards to spend more time for example with their families and still operate efficiently, from wherever, on their job!

    • Noor

      BB is good in connecting you with your job! but aren't you aware that you look like a slave to your job! Isn't suppose to be 8 hours of work, 8 hours for sleep, and 8 hours for YOU! if you added YOU+Work thats a 16 hours out of 24!!

      Is this the life that you want?

  • Noor

    I agree with ibrahim, finally this day is gonna come. I’m so happy to hear that. I’m having enough of people who walks in the mall with eyes down on their BB chatting, people while they are driving, and even people ignore your talk or can’t focus with your talk because they are chatting. This device is killing the REAL sociality!

    Also remembering that Etisalat once provided a hacked a software for BB customers where it tracks the in/out messages & private data which caused a big trouble between UAE customers & BB company not to mention the battery draining and more importantly leaking private information. Etisalat wanted to have the control but BB refused to give them that. So first they used a hacked software but failed. And now they want the whole system to travel to UAE. Well thats a shame from etisalat ( this is not their first action anyway ).

    for BB guys, I feel sorry for you, but cmon its good for you! really! getting addict to a device like that wil kill your life!

  • George

    Where is personal privacy? Do they want all people to be bugged? Are we living in a police society?

  • kris

    There is no security risk, they are suspending it because you can view websites that don’t comply with the governments liking which is what they should have said and this is what people will agree with. This is gonna cause a massive uproar and probably no solution will be agreed upon until sometime next year. The solution will probably add proxies to the services slowing it down even more and then charge twice the price. And what is this spyware thing they are trying to implement? Etisalat knows exactly what website I am on at the moment (which is an invasion of privacy) and what they are gonna have a look at are emails now too? (Not like they don’t anyway) The email is private correct? And that is the reason we have passwords?


  • Ibrahim52

    That’s true bilyana.I can’t imagine a day without blackberry and i can’t bear a blackberry without any blackberry services ;)

  • el zaman

    a step backwards from being a business hub.
    they blocked it because they can’t monitor it (spying) which means every other thing they allow is being spied upon.

  • Michael

    This is been implemented because the “BIG BROTHER” censorship of just about anything and everything in our lives, particularly web and mobile content, can be monitored by the UAE government! I can understand certain security risks…but i think its more to do with them not being in control of its population…what it says and what it reads!! I can’t begin to imagine what a huge impact this is going to have on peoples lives, both personal and business wise!


  • Venkatesh

    I think that before even TRA allowed BB these issues are to have been sorted or agreed. Its most unprofessional on both organisations to behave in this manned when Millions of users are in Lurch!
    Comeon Growup Guys!!

  • homa farley

    I can not believe that this is happening, Most people who use BB are doing so for their business etc. We have paid for our BB sets to enable us to do so. How can they just suspense the service. Are we going to receive refunds for our hand sets?? What can they possibly offer to be anywhere as close as a BB.? This is totally unfair on the customers and consumers. Thy should have thought of all of the problems before providing the services which has cost so many people so much money and for what??

  • Nitin M

    I think "banned" is too harsh a term for this.

    It makes it look like Blackberry will be illegal in some way.

    Aren't they just suspending services?

  • Ayesha

    I feel really disappointed at all this event. Blackberry was a huge help for me when it came to work, I am a photographer and I often get booked through emails or get inquiries that I need to reply as soon as possible, without blackberry in hand I don't know what to do, it did help me a lot also when I needed the internet when I was abroad, looking for a location or translating. This is awful, if some people use it for fun, we don't we use it for work and higher priorities. :(

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