BlackBerry given reprieve over UAE ban

11 October 2010

ABU DHABI: The United Arab Emirates has lifted a proposed ban on BlackBerry's messenger, email and web browsing services, following discussions with the device's manufacturer, Research in Motion.

The UAE authorities, which had announced plans to suspend BlackBerry functions in the wake of security concerns, confirmed the smartphone is now "compliant with (our) telecommunications regulatory framework" and can operate as normal.

In recent months, India and Saudi Arabia voiced similar worries about BlackBerry's use of hard-to-monitor internal encrypted networks, but in August the UAE became the first nation to suggest an all-out prohibition.

There has been anxiety among the 500,000 or so BlackBerry subscribers in the United Arab Emirates that any such move would dent the country's image as a business-friendly nation.

Data sourced from Financial Times; additional content by Warc staff