UAE to restrict use of BlackBerry technology

3 August 2010

The authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are to restrict the use of Blackberry technology within the state.

According to the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), the suspension of messenger, email and internet services for the BlackBerry will be implemented in October.

The ban is to be introduced as the technical infrastructure of these BlackBerry features operate outside of the regulatory framework set up by the TRA in 2007.

As such BlackBerry users cannot be effectively monitored by the authorities which creates a number of national security concerns, the board explained.

Mohamed Al Ghanim, TRA director, said that the ban will be implemented until “an acceptable solution can be developed and applied”.

“The TRA notes that Blackberry appears to be compliant in similar regulatory environments of other countries, which makes non-compliance in the UAE both disappointing and of great concern,” he added.

Reports have claimed that such a move could put the reputation of the UAE as a hub for business and financial services at risk it goes ahead.

The authorities in Saudi Arabia also announced that a ban on BlackBerry messaging services is to be implemented.

By Jim Ottewill

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