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Saudi bans BlackBerry Messenger service

Saudi telecoms regulator calls for immediate ban on BlackBerry Messenger service

Saudi bans BlackBerry Messenger service
Saudi Arabia has ordered operators to block the BlackBerry Messenger service.

Saudi Arabia's telecoms regulator has announced a ban on BlackBerry Messenger function.

The regulator has ordered operators to block the service immediately, over a dispute with BlackBerry manufacturer Research in Motion over access to data sent over the service.

Speaking on the Al Arabiya television channel, Abdulrahman Mazi, a member of the board of STC confirmed the ban.

"UAE took a bolder step than Saudi Arabia whereas Saudi Arabia is only banning one, the Messenger. I hope this is only a kind of pressure on RIM to take steps to provide information when needed," he said.

The ban follows the announcement earlier today that the UAE TRA will ‘suspend' BlackBerry Messenger, Email and web services as of October this year, for reasons of national security.

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