Saudi allows BlackBerry Messenger to continue

Regulators say there's been positive progress with RIM - report

Tags: Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC)Research In MotionSaudi Arabia
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Saudi allows BlackBerry Messenger to continue BlackBerry Messenger services will continue in Saudi Arabia.
By  ITP.net Staff Writer Published  August 10, 2010

Saudi Arabia will allow BlackBerry Messenger services to continue after the telecom regulator said there was ‘positive progress' made with manufacturers Research In Motion, Reuters reported today.

According to a statement by the Communications and Information Telecommunications Commission, the regulator is still working with mobile operators and didn't specify whether an agreement with RIM to address national security concerns was reached.

Saudi's ban on BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) was set to come into effect last Friday but was postponed by the CITC until Monday to give them time to test servers as a possible solutions with mobile operators.

"Three servers are being tested, one for each of the three mobile operators. We're waiting for feedback (from the telecoms firms)," an official from the Saudi telecommunications regulator's technical department told Reuters yesterday.

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