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.