Saudi Arabia Won't Ban BlackBerry: Report

Saudi Arabia will reportedly allow the continuation of BlackBerry messenger services after Research In Motion satisfied some regulatory requirements.
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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (TheStreet) -- Research In Motion (RIMM) was granted a reprieve as Saudi Arabia's telecom regulator will allow BlackBerry messenger services to continue, citing progress in meeting regulatory requirements.

Saudi Arabia's Communication and Information Technology Commission, or CITC, said it would allow the continuation of BlackBerry messenger services after Research In Motion satisfied some regulatory requirements, according to several media reports.

The CITC noted "positive developments in the completion of part of the regulatory requirements on the part of service providers" in an email to

The Wall Street Journal

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Saudi officials had considered banning key BlackBerry services because of concerns that militants were using them to communicate.

Over the weekend, Saudi officials disclosed a preliminary agreement that likely will require the placement of a BlackBerry server inside Saudi Arabia, the

Associated Press

reported. That would allow the government to monitor messages, the report added.

A week ago, the United Arab Emirates said it would ban BlackBerry email, messaging and Web browsing beginning in October because of security concerns.

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