UAE optimistic on reaching deal on BlackBerry

Abu Dhabi exec council official says talks to resolve dispute are 'positive'.
UAE optimistic on reaching deal on BlackBerry
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By Bloomberg
Sun 26 Sep 2010 11:33 AM

The UAE is “very optimistic” about reaching an accord with Research in Motion Ltd. to solve a dispute about BlackBerry services in the country, the secretary general of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council said.

“Talks are very advanced and positive,” Mohammed Ahmed Al Bowardi told reporters in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. “We are very optimistic it will be resolved before the deadline.”

BlackBerry Messenger, e-mail and Web browsing services will be halted in the U.A.E. from Oct. 11, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority said on Aug. 1.

The regulator said BlackBerry messages, which are transferred to computer servers outside the country, can’t be monitored as stipulated under national security laws.

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