TRA scraps ban on BlackBerry services

8 Oct 2010

The UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has confirmed that it no longer plans to suspend Research in Motion’s (RIM’s) BlackBerry services from 11 October 2010 as the solution is ‘now compliant with the UAE’s telecommunications regulatory framework.’ CommsUpdate reported in August 2010 that the regulator planned to suspend BlackBerry’s Messenger, e-mail and web-browsing services from 11 October, following the failure of ongoing attempts to bring the services in line with the country’s telecoms regulations. The device has a highly encrypted data system which offers security to users but makes it more difficult to monitor communications. However, the TRA has now announced that BlackBerry services will ‘continue to operate as normal and no suspension of service will occur.’

United Arab Emirates, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA)