BlackBerry ban applies to UAE visitors too - TRA

Regulator says Oct suspension of services will affect business visitors, tourists.
BlackBerry ban applies to UAE visitors too - TRA
BAN LOOMS: A Blackberry fan in a shop in Dubai. (Getty Images)
By Andy Sambidge
Tue 03 Aug 2010 06:13 AM

The UAE's telecom regulator has said its suspension of BlackBerry e-mail, messaging and web browsing services will also apply to foreign business and tourism visitors too.

The Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) confirmed in a statement that the ban on those BlackBerry services planned to take effect on October 11 will be suspended for visitors using roaming services on foreign smart phones, news agency WAM reported.

That would put BlackBerry service out of reach for business travellers and others passing through the Mideast's busiest airport in Dubai, which averages about 100,000 passengers a day.

The suspension of the services will remain effective until Blackberry services become fully compliant with the UAE's regulatory requirements, TRA added.

The regulator has urged Blackberry subscribers to visit the offices of Etisalat and du to receive updates on the substitute services.

On Sunday, the TRA announced that Blackberry Messenger, Blackberry Email and Blackberry web-browsing services will be suspended from October 11 this year.

Also on Sunday, electronics retailers in the UAE were told to stop activating new BlackBerry subscriptions following the TRA’s announcement.

UAE operators Etisalat and du issued statements confirming that they were looking to deliver alternative solutions to BlackBerry customers who face being unable to use services providing email, web browsing, instant messaging and social networking.

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