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Saudi Arabia to halt BlackBerry services in two days

CITC said it would not have taken this decision if BlackBerry complied with regulations

BlackBerry service will be suspended in Saudi Arabia on August 6th.
BlackBerry service will be suspended in Saudi Arabia on August 6th.

Saudi Arabia has ordered the suspension of Research In Motion's  BlackBerry smartphone service starting Aug 6th, the Saudi Press Agency reported, citing the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC).It didn’t specify the requirements or say which BlackBerry services exactly would be blocked, a Bloomberg report pointed out.

The CITC said it had given a three-month grace period, which began on 25th May and ends on 25 August, for service providers in the Kingdom to comply with its requirements.

"We had informed the three service providers - STC, Mobily and Zain - that they should work with the manufacturing company of BlackBerry to comply with the Kingdom's regulations," the statement, published by Arab News daily, read.

"We have already told service providers to inform subscribers before Aug. 6 that the BlackBerry services would be stopped until the company fulfills CITC's organizational requirements," it added.

CITC also added that it would not have taken this decision affecting subscribers if BlackBerry had complied with its regulations.