UAE lifts BlackBerry ban

BlackBerry services, including Messenger, will not be blocked in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).


The United Arab Emirates has backtracked on plans to block BlackBerry services, including Messenger, this month.

In August, the UAE's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) announced certain BlackBerry services would be blocked from October 11 because they did not fall in line with regulations. However, according to the UAE's official news agency, WAM, the TRA "has confirmed that BlackBerry services are now compliant with the UAE's telecommunications regulatory framework."

It continues by saying that TRA states: "all Blackberry services in the UAE will continue to operate as normal and no suspension of service will occur on October 11, 2010."

The precursor to that statement was that on July 25 the TRA said: "Currently, Blackberry operates beyond the jurisdiction of national legislation, since it is the only device operating in the UAE. that immediately exports its data off-shore and is managed by a foreign, commercial organisation."

Within days of the August announcement both telecommunications operators in the UAE, du and Etisalat, issued alternative plans for their Blackberry customers, basically giving them options for moving on to different plans with different handsets in case the ban would take effect on October 11. These offers are now presumably not in effect anymore since Blackberry services will continue.

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