BlackBerry Jam in UAE

8:45 AM -- BlackBerry 's BlackBerry service is in a bit of a jam in the United Arab Emirates over national security concerns.

The country's regulator, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority , announced today that RIM's BlackBerry messenger, email, and Web browsing services will be suspended from October 11, due to "non-compliance with the regulatory requirements" in the county.

The non-compliance issue lies in the way RIM processes communications data, which is via network operations centers around the world. Because the servers are not located in the country, the UAE regulator is concerned that it will not be able to get access to that data if and when it needs to for criminal or national security investigations.

It's not the first time RIM has run into this kind of problem. Authorities in China, India, and Kuwait have also reportedly asked the Canadian firm for easier access to its electronic communications data.

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile

Gagandeep Kaur 12/5/2012 | 4:28:10 PM
re: BlackBerry Jam in UAE

BlackBerry's Indian subscribers have gained by a ban on RIM in UAE. BlackBerry has for the first time agreed to allow Indian security agencies to monitor it services--clearly a move to avoid the same fate in India as well.

paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 4:28:15 PM
re: BlackBerry Jam in UAE

Bribery tends to fix these things.



Michelle Donegan 12/5/2012 | 4:28:15 PM
re: BlackBerry Jam in UAE

So now Saudi Arabia has reportedly issued a ban on BlackBerry services that will start later this month. And the ban in the UAE will affect visitors in the country as well.

How should RIM avoid these bans? These are relatively small markets for RIM in terms of the numbers of users, but it certainly won't want this practice to be repeated elsewhere. 


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