Saudi Arabia to be granted access to BlackBerry data
Saudi Arabia and the company behind the Blackberry smart phone, Research in Motion, have reached an agreement that would allow the kingdom's authorities access to BlackBerry data, an official said Saturday, dpa reported
The kingdom had threatened to ban the phone's messaging service.
"The Canadian-based firm intends to install servers inside the country (and) tests are underway," said the official at the Communication and Information Technology Commission, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
According to Blackberry users in the kingdom - the first country to institute a ban after letting the device be sold to the general public - some key services, including messaging, were blocked during the early afternoon Friday, but then returned several hours later.
A vice-president of Research in Motion, was said to be in Saudi Arabia for talks with the authorities.
Saudi Arabia had officially confirmed reports earlier this week that it would block features on the Blackberry network as of Friday over regulatory non-compliance issues, without elaborating further.
Neighbouring United Arab Emirates announced it would ban the network's key features as of October 11 and other countries have said they would consider taking similar steps.
Some governments have voiced concern over the high level of encryption used by Research in Motion, which does not allow for monitoring.