On October 8, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the United Arab Emirates announced that BlackBerry services were now "compliant" with the UAE’s regulatory framework, thus averting the government’s threatened suspension of BlackBerry services. (The ban was originally scheduled to go into effect on October 11.) On October 18, RIM announced a partnership with the TRA to develop applications for e-government and specialized consumer services, as well as mobilizing enterprise services for the Middle East.
The implications of these two announcements are unclear. On the surveillance issues, neither RIM nor the UAE would clarify whether RIM made concessions (and of what nature) or whether the government simply backed down in the face of pressure from the domestic business community.
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