Breaking: UAE To Suspend BlackBerry Messenger, Blackberry E-mail and Blackberry Web-Browsing Services.
United Arab Emirates (UAE) Telecom Regulatory Commission (TRA) a government authority that governs the telecom sector, has announced today that BlackBerry Messenger, Blackberry E-mail and Blackberry Web-browsing services in the UAE will be suspended as of October 11th 2010.
In a press release TRA said it informed the only 2 mobile operators in UAE Du and Itisalat about this decision.
This decision comes during security concerns from the governments of UAE and India about BlackBerry services and its encryption methods, the press release TRA said:
“Blackberry data is immediately exported off-shore, where it is managed by a foreign, commercial organization. Blackberry data services are currently the only data services operating in the UAE where this is the case.”
“Today’s decision is based on the fact that, in their current form, certain BlackBerry services allow users to act without any legal accountability, causing judicial, social and national security concerns for the UAE. “
There are around 500,000 BlackBerry users in UAE according to UAE’s the national newspaper. BlackBerry strong key selling point is its email and its BB IM, without those, the BB devices become just like any other low end phone.