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Bahrain won't ban BlackBerry services - report

'TRA has issued no directions to licensees requiring the blocking of BlackBerry.'

Bahrain won't ban BlackBerry services - report
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Bahrain's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, or TRA, said on Thursday that it has not directed mobile operators in the country to ban or partly suspend any BlackBerry functions, according to a report.

Newswire Zawya Dow Jones reported that TRA ICT Director Ahmed Al Doseri said in an emailed statement: "TRA has issued no directions to licensees requiring the blocking of BlackBerry or other services offered by Research In Motion (RIM)."

TRA said that since its establishment in 2002, it has worked with government, consumers, operators and investors to develop Bahrain into the region's most modern communications hub and to facilitate the growth of the market.

Lebanon will assess security concerns relating to the use of BlackBerry phones in the country, the acting head of the Telecoms Regulatory Authority said on Thursday, according to a Reuters report.

BlackBerry maker RIM is at odds with the governments of India, Saudi Arabia and the UAE over their demands that the company allow authorities tap BlackBerry messages delivered using RIM's inpenetrable encryption technology.

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