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UAE says BlackBerry deal is ‘final’

October 19, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Potential ban averted after reaching ‘regulatory compliant’ solution with RIM

The agreement reached between the United Arab Emirates’ telecoms regulator and Canada’s BlackBerry handset maker Research In Motion Ltd. is “final,” a U.A.E. government official said Monday.

“The BlackBerry solution is final,” Mohamed Al Ghanim, director general of the U.A.E.’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, or TRA, said at an industry event in Dubai.

The TRA said earlier in October that a potential ban on key BlackBerry services including email and instant messenger from Oct. 11 had been averted after it reached a “regulatory compliant” solution with RIM.

Click here to find out more!The regulator had said in August that it would suspend BlackBerry services from Oct. 11 due to a long-running dispute with the Canadian firm about how it stores electronic data.

RIM has come under pressure by authorities in the U.A.E., Saudi Arabia, India and other countries to provide greater access to the encrypted information sent by BlackBerry devices.

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