Saudi Arabia reaches deal with RIM - report

Saudi authorities to be given ability to monitor Blackberry users' data

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Saudi Arabia reaches deal with RIM - report Saudi authorities to be given ability to monitor Blackberry users' data.
By  ITP.net Staff Writer Published  August 8, 2010

Research In Motion and Saudi Arabia have reached an agreement that will allow BlackBerry services to continue in the country, claims an Associated Press report.

The deal involves installing a server inside Saudi Arabia that will let authorities check BlackBerry users’ data, averting a ban on the service, the AP said, based on comments from an unidentified Saudi regulatory official.

Saudi Arabia earlier ordered the country’s three mobile phone operators to shut off BlackBerry instant messaging on the 6th.

The next day however, the government said it was extending that deadline by 48 hours, as reported by the Saudi Press Agency.

RIM now has to deal with the UAE's proposed ban of BlackBerry services on October 11th year, which the country's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority director general Mohammed Al Ghanem said was "final".

Al Ghanem added that the TRA remains "open to discussions in order that an acceptable, regulatory-compliant solution might be developed and applied."

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