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Nokia won't oppose messaging bans; to follow security laws

'We haven’t taken a position on the issue...we comply with legal conditions wherever we operate'.

Nokia won't oppose messaging bans; to follow security laws
Nokia net sales down in Middle East and Africa (Getty Images)

Nokia Oyj, the world’s biggest maker of mobile phones, says it isn’t opposing new restrictions on mobile messaging in emerging-market countries that have targeted Research In Motion Inc.’s BlackBerry.

“We haven’t taken a position on the issue and we don’t usually comment on issues with respect to other companies other than to say we comply with legal conditions wherever we operate,” Dinesh Subramaniam, a spokesman for the Espoo, Finland-based company, said by telephone on Wednesday.

Saudi Arabia has ordered phone companies operating in the kingdom to suspend BlackBerry service starting Aug. 6, citing regulatory requirements. The United Arab Emirates is planning to close BlackBerry data and messaging functions the government can’t monitor, and Indonesia is considering a BlackBerry block.

India has asked Research in Motion and Nokia to permit it to monitor e-mail traffic, and Nokia is installing equipment to comply, the company said Aug. 2. The Nokia Messaging push e-mail service, which forwards e-mail directly to a phone, competes with BlackBerry’s push e-mail.

Both Nokia Messaging and BlackBerry use separate servers to reroute messages from mail servers to the mobile phone. Nokia hasn’t disclosed the location of its messaging servers, Subramaniam said. (Bloomberg)

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