Saudi Arabia to ban BlackBerry services this Friday
Saudi Arabia will ban BlackBerry services as of this week, the country's authorities said Tuesday, dpa reported.
The Saudi Communications and Information Technology Commission announced that the mobile operators in the kingdom must block messaging services on the smart phone, saying certain "regulatory requirements" had not been met, without elaborating further.
Exactly which services would be affected was not clarified.
This week, sources in Riyadh had indicated a ban was coming, while the neighboring United Arab Emirates said that in October all messaging, e-mail and browsing services on the handset will be blocked.
Countries have said the method used by Research in Motion, the maker of the smart phone, to transfer data offshore and under tight encryption could be a national security threat, though it has been a draw for business people.