The telecom regulator in Saudi Arabia has said that it has decided to allow BlackBerry services to continue because of the efforts RIM has made to meet the regulatory requirements. The country has around 700,000 BlackBerry users.
While RIM may have put out the fire for now in Saudi Arabia, the company has not seen the end of clashes with governments over national security concerns that are rooted in their inability to get access to data on RIM's secured network. RIM still faces a potential ban in the United Arab Emirates starting in October, for example. (See BlackBerry Jam in UAE and RIM to Comply in India .)
According to Badii Kechiche, Pyramid Research 's senior analyst for Africa and the Middle East, this security issue could be damaging for RIM if it spreads more widely across the region, and the BlackBerry maker will need to reconsider its security strategy.
— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile