UAE: Blackberry ban extends to foreign visitors too

Not only do the locals in the UAE (United Arab Emirates) being banned from using certain Blackberry services but so will tourist and business travels. According to a report by the Washington Post, the UAE is planning to crackdown on foreign visitors as well, putting a serious strain on the business segment of the economy, who readily rely on Blackberrys for email and business applications. An estimated 500,000 local subscribers will be not have Blackberry email beginning on October 11, 2010. The t UAE’s telecommunications regulator‘s website is asking customers to contact Estisalat, one of the country’s local providers of telecommunication services with ‘alternative’ services for Blackberry users. UAE telecommunication regulators main contention:

UAE authorities say the move is based on security concerns because BlackBerry transmissions are automatically routed to company computers abroad, where it is difficult for local authorities to monitor for illegal activity or abuse.

Almost 100,000 tourists and business travelers pass through Dubai’s airport each day, making it the one of the busiest airport in the Middle East. These new cellular restrictions may leave business travelers scurrying through the country or changing planes for other destinations, because of no access to their e-mail or the Interwebs. I find it rather Ironic since the UAE is hosting the inaugural November 2010 BlackHat conference.

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About Tony P
Connoisseur of all that is Mobile Tech.

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