The UAE said it has suspended its ban on BlackBerry, scheduled for Oct.
11, in wake of allegations that the encrypted cellular phone could be
employed by insurgents. The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority
has determined that BlackBerry became compliant with UAE regulations.
"BlackBerry services will carry on as usual and will not be suspended on
Oct. 11," TRA said.
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In a statement on Oct. 8, TRA did not specify modifications to
BlackBerry. The authority cited cooperation by the manufacturer, Research In
Motion, to reach compliance.
BlackBerry, with its server in Canada, has about 500,000 users in the
UAE. Officials said the United States had raised the ban of BlackBerry with
The Canadian company has also been threatened with a ban in India and
Saudi Arabia. But Riyad, with 700,000 subscribers, also rescinded a proposed
"RIM cannot discuss the details of confidential regulatory matters that
occur in specific countries, but RIM confirms that it continues to approach
lawful access matters internationally within the framework of core
principles," RIM said.