By Joanne Bladd
Any new restrictions in the UAE would affect all smartphones, says Canadian firm behind device
Research In Motion, the Canadian maker of BlackBerry devices, says it has been told that any new restrictions imposed by UAE authorities will apply to other smartphones too.
“RIM has been in direct contact with the UAE regulator,” the company said in a statement Sunday. “Any potential policy…would be an industry-wide policy, not specific to BlackBerry.”
The statement follows reports the UAE may restrict access to the highly secure Blackberry Enterprise Server, a system used by many international firms active in the Gulf state.
The BlackBerry device has been the subject of numerous threatened suspensions across the world, as governments seek to access its encrypted email and messaging devices.
The UAE last year threatened to suspend BlackBerry services, after authorities said the encryption technology didn’t comply with national security laws allowing access to data traffic.
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority said Saturday that BlackBerry smartphone services would remain available in the country, including messenger, email and browsing.
The agency said that any confusion over regulations would be clarified with local operators du and Etisalat this week.For all the latest tech news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
I received an email from Etisalat with a notice till end of April that my BES plan will be terminated unless my employer (who's Canadian by the way) has a trade license in the UAE and has a minimum of 20 subscriptions. This doesn't make any sense at all!!!
Get your blackberry subscription in canada, with your employer and get a second phone for voice.
This is Etisalat's way of helping small business. Doesn't have to make sense Fadi........... take it or leave it.