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UAE BlackBerry talks making progress

UAE Ambassador to US says talks between TRA and RIM going well

RIM and the UAE TRA are still in talks about preserving the essential business service.
RIM and the UAE TRA are still in talks about preserving the essential business service.

Talks between UAE authorities and RIM to resolve the dispute over BlackBerry services are making good progress, according to remarks from the UAE ambassador to the US reported by Bloomberg.

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, speaking at a meeting of UAE diplomatic staff in Abu Dhabi said: "Talks are going on and doing quite well. Hopefully we will reach a conclusion in the near future."

BlackBerry services are set to be banned by the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, over demands that security authorities be allowed access to communications on the service.

Al Otaiba added: "It's a compliance issue with regulatory demands. It's very straightforward. It's not anything regarding censorship; it's not regarding anything besides what the TRA has requested: compliance with regulatory standards."

UAE telecoms operators had said they would comply with the ban of BlackBerry Messenger and BlackBerry mail, which is due to come into place on 11th October.