BlackBerry services to remain available in UAE, says authority

‘Confusion’ over smartphone regulations to be cleared up this week, says TRA
BlackBerry services to remain available in UAE, says authority
The UAE’s telecommunications agency said BlackBerry smartphone services would remain available in the country
By Joanne Bladd
Sun 17 Apr 2011 09:11 AM

The UAE’s telecommunications agency said Saturday that BlackBerry smartphone services would remain available in the country.

The TRA “confirms the continuation of all BlackBerry services in the UAE to both individuals and to business customers, including BlackBerry messenger, BlackBerry email and BlackBerry browsing,” the authority said in a statement carried by state-run news agency WAM.

The agency said that any confusion over regulations would be clarified with local operators du and Etisalat this week.

The statement follows reports of possible restrictions to BlackBerry Enterprise Services (BES).

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.

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