Qatar says no plans to ban BlackBerry services

Senior official at ictQatar says it has had no contact from authorities on BlackBerry.
Qatar says no plans to ban BlackBerry services
NO BAN: Qatars telecom regulator said on Monday it has no plans to ban BlackBerry services. (Getty Images)
By Bloomberg
Mon 02 Aug 2010 12:32 PM

Qatar’s telecom regulator said on Monday it was “not pursuing” any plan to ban Research In Motion Ltd’s BlackBerry services in the country.

Meegan Webb, acting assistant secretary general of ictQatar, said the regulator hasn’t been contacted by local authorities about BlackBerry services.

Webb added in an interview: “We have no intention at this point in time of banning BlackBerry.”

BlackBerry’s Messenger, e-mail and Web browsing services will be suspended from Oct 11 in the UAE, the country’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority said on Sunday.

“In their current form, certain BlackBerry services allow users to act without any legal accountability, causing judicial, social and national security concerns for the UAE,” it said.

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