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Saudi Arabia to freeze BlackBerry Messenger service

Look who’s next after UAE banning the BlackBerry services? Its Saudi Arabia. This is the second appeal raised from Saudi Arabia for the same issue in a year. Saudi government wanted RIM to give access to monitor the data sent and received from BlackBerry Messenger service within Saudi Telecoms, but RIM didn’t approve.

Today on August 1 2010, Saudi telcos ordered to freeze Blackberry Messenger after UAE declared BlackBerry Service ban from October 11.


Aug 1 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia‘s telecoms regulator has ordered local operators to freeze the Messenger function for Blackberry users this month, industry sources said on Sunday.

Sources from two operators in the kingdom said the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) sent a memo notifying them of the order without explaining the move.

CITC Governor Abdul-Rahman al-Jaafari could not immediately comment..

The sources said the interior ministry held a meeting last year with CITC and representatives of the three mobile telecommunciation firms operating in the kingdom to discuss ways of monitoring communication on Blackberry handsets.

Earlier on Sunday, Blackberry maker Research In Motion (RIM) was hit with its first major ban after the United Arab Emirates, citing security risks, said Blackberry services would be barred in October. [ID: LDE67001J] (Reporting by Souhail Karam, Editing by Amran Abocar)

Source: Reuters

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Written by Shahzoor Ali


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