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RIM’s BlackBerry Service in Pakistan Not Disrupted

February 01, 2011

Pakistan hasn’t ordered wireless carriers to stop Research In Motion Ltd. (RIMM:US)’s BlackBerry messaging service, the country’s telecoms regulator said, refuting earlier reports.

“Operators have been advised to continue providing BlackBerry services to the users till any further decision is made,” the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority said in an e- mailed statement yesterday.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates threatened to shut down BlackBerry service last year over concerns that BlackBerrys might be used to foment social unrest or coordinate terrorist attacks. Citing similar concerns, India had set a deadline of Jan. 31 for RIM to allow the country’s security agencies to monitor BlackBerry service or face a possible shutdown.

Indian Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram said yesterday that the government will continue to press for access to e-mail routed through RIM’s BlackBerry Enterprise server, typically used by companies and large organizations. RIM has repeatedly said that it cannot provide access to those types of messages as the encryption key is in the hands of its clients.

Doubts about RIM’s ability to operate in the world’s second-most-populous nation have hurt India’s reputation “as a safe place to do investment” and made corporate customers “nervous,” Robert Crow, RIM’s vice president of government relations, told reporters last week.

To contact the reporters on this story: Haris Anwar in Islamabad at Hanwar2@bloomberg.net; Hugo Miller in Toronto at hugomiller@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Peter Hirschberg at phirschberg@bloomberg.net


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