Saudi Arabia says phone companies have until Monday to test BlackBerry compliance, avert ban

By AP
Sunday, August 8, 2010

Saudi gives firms time to test BlackBerry system

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia’s telecom regulator says it is giving the country’s mobile operators additional time to finalize a deal allowing BlackBerry messaging services to continue.

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The kingdom’s Communications and Information Technology Commission said in a statement late Saturday it is giving telecom companies a grace period of 48 hours ending Monday to test “proposed solutions” aimed at averting a ban.

Officials have told The Associated Press that device maker Research in Motion has reached a preliminary agreement with Saudi Arabia that would allow the government some access to users’ data, and that authorities were examining how such a system might be implemented.

RIM has declined to comment on the state of negotiations.

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