Saudi awaits outcome of BlackBerry test

Saudi Arabia is testing new security measures with RIM; Kuwait not planning ban.
SECURITY: Saudi is testing new security measures with BlackBerry manufacturer RIM. (ITP Images)
By Ed Attwood
Sun 08 Aug 2010 06:13 PM

Saudi Arabia is currently testing three servers in conjunction with BlackBerry manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM) in a bid to head off the kingdom’s proposed ban on the device’s messaging service, Reuters has reported.

"Three servers are being tested, one for each of the three mobile operators. We're waiting for feedback (from the telecoms firms)," an official from the Communications and Information Technology Commission's technical department told the news agency.

Saudi Arabia had threatened to cut off the messaging service last Friday (6 August), but has thus far allowed the service to continue.

Elsewhere, Reuters also reported that Kuwait had no plans to ban BlackBerry services, but that it was actively seeking to prohibit access to pornographic services via the device.

"As of right now, we in Kuwait have no intention to stop the BlackBerry services...but at the same time we are following up on direct and indirect negotiations with the company and with fellow Gulf states," Mohammad Al Busairi told reporters, according to the agency.

Al Busairi added that RIM had asked for four months to deal with the Kuwaiti request.

The UAE’s suspension of the BlackBerry’s messaging, email and browser service is set to begin on 11 October.

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